Companies House Archive

  • Business stationery with registered company details

    Why Your Limited Company Needs a Registered Company Name, Address and Number

    The requirement of limited companies in regards to the registration of a company name and address and where this information must be displayed is quite clear. Under section 351 of the Companies Act 1985 every limited company is legally obliged to display its full company...

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  • Companies House Name Rules Change

    Company Name Rules are Changing this Weekend

    The rules around limited company names are changing this weekend (more specifically on 31st January 2015). The rule change is part of a government initiative to cut red tape and business regulations and are the result of a consultation process which began in 2013. There...

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  • Micro Entity Accounts

    Micro Entity Accounts Now Accepted at Companies House

    All limited companies have to file annual accounts with Companies House every year. These go onto the public record and are available to anyone who wants to look at them. Creating and filing the full set of accounts for Companies House can be quite a...

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  • UK Business Numbers Methodology

    How many businesses are there in the UK?

    The simple answer to how many businesses there are in the UK is 4.9 million. This is the official figure produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The image below is part of the Methodology Note that accompanies their figures to show...

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  • New Company Name Rules

    Company and Business Names Rules to be Simplified

    Back in February the government launched a consultation on removing red tape around business and company names. The Department for Business have now published the results of this consultation along with the rule changes they are suggesting. Some of the changes being proposed are fairly...

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  • UK limited company rule changes

    5 Proposed Changes to UK Limited Company Rules

    At the G8 conference in June the UK government announced plans to change some of the rules around limited companies. Their aim is to make them more transparent so that it is clearer who owns companies. In part this move towards greater transparency is a...

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    UK Certificates of Incorporation and Apostille

    A Certificate of Incorporation is often called the birth certificate of a company. It shows that a company exists and what its company number is (although not who owns it). The Certificate of Incorporation is often asked for when opening bank accounts or when signing...

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  • address used to register limited company

    Reporting Fraudulent Use of Address to Register a Company

    Although it is fairly rare we occasionally get phone calls and emails from people who have discovered that a company has been registered to their home address without their knowledge. Normally they find out when letters start arriving at their house addressed to a business...

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  • Balancing Income and Expenses

    Simplified Expenses for Sole Traders

    The second part of HMRC’s new Simpler Income Tax scheme is Simplified Expenses. It aims to make the way unincorporated businesses (sole traders and partnerships) work out their businesses expenses more straight forward. Though the practical application of the process is as the name suggests...

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    Starting a Business: online only

    I got married a few months ago and I took on my husband’s surname. When I tried to change my name on my driving licence I was told I could not supply the information electronically but had to complete a paper form. This may well...

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  • Customer Testimonial

    I have just started up my own company ... I have had many queries, you answered all my questions, whilst being really helpful and professional.

    Richard


    We are happy with all business we have conducted with you and are quite happy to recommend you on what you have done and assistance you given us up to date.

    Stephen


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