quick answers to our most frequently asked questions
Our main functions
The main functions of Companies House are to:
The Registrar of Companies
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.
The Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland is Helen Shilliday and her office is based in Belfast.
There is also an Information Centre in London.
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 2006.
All limited companies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland are registered at Companies House, an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). There are more than 2 million limited companies registered in Great Britain, and more than 300,000 new companies are incorporated each year.