Companies house contains a register of all filed company information. It is available to the public without any logins or passwords. You can view companies house accounts filed, deadlines and much more.
How to view information on companies house
To access your company or any other company follow these steps:
- On any web browser open the following link: Companies House
- Select the top option which states ‘Find Company Information’
- Then select ‘Start Now’ which is in a green button
- Enter your company name in the search box
- Then select your company from the search list results
What information can be viewed
The information is broken down into typically 4 tabs. These are:
- filing history
We go through each one in more detail below.
The overview tab shows a summary of the company information. It includes the following:
- company registered office
- the company status – typically this would state active
- company type such as Limited company (Ltd) or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- date of incorporation
- accounts year end and their due date
- confirmation statement date and their due date
- nature of business (known as SIC code)
The main item to check on the overview tab is the due date for filing companies house accounts and filing the confirmation statement.
If the companies house accounts are filed late an automatic penalty of £150 is applied. This can then increase up to £1,500 if over 6 months late. The penalty is doubled if you are late 2 years in a row therefore the penalty could be as high as £3,000.
If the confirmation statement is late no penalty will be issued. However companies house assume that the company is no longer active. Therefore they will issue a notice to strike off the company. Typically the notice to strike off is a duration of 2 months, which can only be stopped by filing the confirmation statement.
The filing history tab shows a list of the documents filed for this company.
It is possible to view the documents by selecting the view pdf link which is visible to the right.
For simplicity you can then filter the documents by type by selecting the filter by category at the top. Just tick the appropriate box.
For example to view filed companies house accounts, tick the box to filter by accounts. A list of just companies house accounts will be shown will the most recent accounts at the top. Then select the view pdf link on the right and the companies house accounts will appear.
The people tab is split into 2 parts, officers and persons of significant control.
Officers are the company directors and company secretary. It will state a correspondence address, (this is often the registered office), the directors month and year of birth, date of appointment and nationality.
Persons of significant control are the beneficial owners of the business, typically the shareholders. We have seen dozens of these which have been incorrectly disclosed. There were so many that we wrote a blog Persons of Significant Control
Tip: Don’t overlook the importance of the persons of significant control register. Failure to provide accurate information is a criminal offence. The penalties can be an unlimited fine and 2 years prison.
The charges tab shows any outstanding mortgages, loans, debentures and other charges the company has. It also shows old charges which have now been satisfied.
Included within the information is the type of charge and who holds the charge (typically a bank).
If you select the charge, a new screen will then appear which will state view pdf. Clicking on this will open up the filed document registered with Companies House which contains all of the charge details.
Note that if no charges have ever been issued to the company the charges tab will then not be visible.
Can I file information on companies house
Yes, but you need to setup a login and password.
To prove you are the owner or agent you also need the company authentication code. To avoid potential fraudulent filing this is then sent to the registered office only.
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