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Terms and Conditions


The information available on this site is not intended to be comprehensive, and many details which may be relevant to particular circumstances have been omitted. Accordingly it should not be regarded as being a complete source of company law and information, and readers are advised to seek independent professional advice before acting on anything contained herein. Companies House cannot take any responsibility for the consequences of errors or omissions.

Notes for Users of Company Search or Disqualified Directors Search

The information available here is an extract from the Register of Companies / Register of Disqualified Directors which are updated on a regular basis. This may mean that occasional inaccuracies occur which we correct as soon as they are drawn to our attention. If you spot something which you think might be wrong, let us know so we can, if necessary, correct the database.

Company Information Supplied by Companies House

Companies House is a registry of company information. We carry out basic checks to make sure that documents have been fully completed and signed, but we do not have the statutory power or capability to verify the accuracy of the information that companies send to us. We accept all information that companies deliver to us in good faith and place it on the public record. The fact that the information has been placed on the public record should not be taken to indicate that Companies House has verified or validated it in any way.

When Companies House examines accounts it only make basic checks on them, for example to ensure that the appropriate documents are there, that they are for the correct financial year and that they have been signed. If, subsequently, we receive a complaint that the accounts do not comply with the Companies Acts in some way we have a duty to draw this to the company’s attention and, if appropriate, to ask for a set of revised accounts which do comply with the requirements.

Links to external websites

It is our policy to obtain permission to link to other websites. We are not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

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Privacy and Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone.These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast

You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through "Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them."

Our use of cookies

Cookies for measuring use and improving services

The Companies House website, WebCHeck, WebFiling, and Companies House Direct all use a cookie which is used to improve our understanding of how people use our website and services, through web analytics.

Name: chcookie
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires:2 months

WebFiling uses a cookie which remembers which service within WebFiling was being carried out in the event of a session timeout.

Name: transaction
Typical content: Transaction URI
Expires: 1 day

Cookies for remembering user preferences

WebCHeck uses a cookie which remembers the user for subsequent visits. The user is given the choice to explicitly allow this during login.

Name: chwebcheck
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 1 year

Cookies used by YouTube

YouTube videos are embedded in various pages of our website.

Cookies as

Typical content: encoded text
Expires: 8 months

Name: use_hitbox
Typical content: encoded text
Expires: when you close your browser

Name: GEO
Typical content: encoded text
Expires: when you close your browser

Cookies on Companies House from social networking websites

Companies House has links so you can use social networking websites (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) with Companies House. These websites may place cookies on your computer.

Personal information

The Companies House Executive Agency website does not store or capture personal information, but merely logs the user's IP address (Internet Protocol: standard allowing data to be transmitted between two devices) which is automatically recognised by the web server.

If you register to receive updates, or order or purchase materials, your information will be held on a secure server and the data will not be shared with any organisations outside Government. It will be used only to provide you with any electronic products you have ordered, email updates on the topics you have requested, or postal information if you request that service. If you respond online to a consultation exercise your data will only be used to facilitate the analysis of responses.

This privacy statement only covers our website at and sub-sites of this domain. This privacy statement does not cover other websites linked to from this domain.

Companies House Executive Agency may use information it holds to prevent and detect fraud. We may also share such information, for the same purpose, with other organisations that handle public funds.

If you have any queries please contact the Companies House Contact Centre on +44 (0)303 1234 500 or email

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Acceptable use of Companies House Searchable Databases

The Companies House searchable databases are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users wishing to interrogate our information on-line.

Due to limitations of equipment and bandwidth, they are not intended to be a source for bulk downloads.

Individuals, companies, IP addresses or blocks of IP addresses who deny or degrade service to other users by generating unusually high numbers of daily database accesses, whether generated manually or in an automated fashion, may be denied access to these services without notice.

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