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Companies House
Companies House is an Executive Agency of the United Kingdom Government in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
All limited companies in Great Britain are registered with Companies House and file specific details as required by the Companies Act 1985.
Companies in Northern Ireland are subject to separate but similar legislation, discussed below.
All limited companies, including subsidiary, small and inactive companies, must file annual financial statements and company returns, which are both public records.

Foreign companies
Foreign companies (known in the legislation as "oversea companies") which have a branch or "place of business" in Great Britain must also register with Companies House and file annual financial statements, annual returns and other information. The required financial statements are of the whole entity, not the branch. It is irrelevant whether the financial statements are on the public record in the home country.
European Economic Interest Groupings which have an official address or establishment in Great Britain must also register with Companies House.
The United Kingdom has had a system of company registration since 1844. The legislation governing company registration matters is the Companies Act 1985 updated by Companies Act 1989 and the Companies Act 2006 which is being progressively brought into force over 2007-9.

Companies House has 2.1 million companies on the register and was one of the first National Company Registries to implement Electronic Company Formation. Now over 83% of companies are formed Electronically, and over 40% of documents filed electronically.

England and Wales
England and Wales
The registered office in Cardiff handles companies incorporated in England and Wales. These companies are subject to English law. There is another office at Nantgarw, Wales, which contains the Compliance Unit, Prosecuting Solicitors, Late Filing Penalties and the E-Filing Team. This office does not accept postal deliveries.

The London office in Bloomsbury Way is purely a facility to file and view documents, which are then processed in Cardiff.

The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales is the Chief Executive Gareth Jones. The previous Chief Executive, Claire Clancy, stepped down from the post to take office as the Chief Executive of the National Assembly in 2006/07.

The Edinburgh office handles companies incorporated in Scotland. These companies are subject to Scots law.
The Registrar of Companies for Scotland is Dorothy Blair. Jim Henderson was the previous registrar.

Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
All limited companies in Northern Ireland are registered with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. Those companies are subject to Northern Ireland law.
Electronic Company Formation is not yet available for Northern Ireland Companies, and a different fee structure and process applies.

Types of companies
Types of companies
There are many different types of companies, including:
Public Limited Company (PLC)
Private company limited by shares (Ltd, Limited)
Private Company Limited by Guarantee, typically a non-commercial membership body such as a charity
Unlimited Company
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
Limited partnership (LP)
Societas Europaea (SE): European Union-wide company structure
Companies incorporated by Royal Charter (RC)
Community interest company
Company Formation Agencies - incorporation (business)
Most new companies are formed by Company Formation Agents. One of the oldest Company Formation Agents is Jordans Ltd. who created the Company Formation business back in 1863. The change to Electronic Company Formation has seen a large shift in the market to online agents.
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