|Our main functions
The main functions of Companies House are to:
The Registrar of Companies
- incorporate and dissolve limited companies;
- examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and
- make this information available to the public.
The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, and Chief Executive of Companies House is Gareth Jones. His office is based at Companies House in Cardiff.
The Registrar of Companies for Scotland is Dorothy Blair and her office is based in Edinburgh.
There is also an Information Centre in London.
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The United Kingdom has enjoyed a system of company registration since 1844. Today, company registration matters are dealt with in law, by the Companies Act 1985 and the updating legislation contained in the Companies Act 1989.
All limited companies in England, Wales and Scotland are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). There are more than 2 million limited companies registered in Great Britain, and more than 300,000 new companies are incorporated each year.