Common questions

What names are available on Companies House?

What names are available on Companies House?

Trading names

  • include ‘limited’, ‘Ltd’, ‘limited liability partnership, ‘ LLP ‘, ‘public limited company’ or ‘plc’
  • contain a ‘sensitive’ word or expression unless you get permission.

How do I check if a company name already exists UK?

You can use the name search tool anywhere you see it on our website to check of a company name is available. The search works by linking directly into Government’s database of company names and checks if the limited company name is availabile at Companies House. Fig1.

Are all companies listed on Companies House?

All limited companies must register with Companies House, who will make the company information publicly available on their website.

How do I find a company name?

In most states, the website of the state business filing agency includes an online entity name check tool. You can use the online tool to search business names and find out whether another business is already using the name you have chosen.

Do all companies have to be registered with Companies House?

All companies are required to be incorporated and registered with Companies House. All limited companies have to file financial statements as well as company returns to them, unless exempt. Do you need to register if you’re a sole trader? If you’re a sole trader you do not need to register with Companies House.

What information must company send to Companies House?

When a company is first registered it must send to Companies House the following: Articles of association (unless these are the Model Articles without amendment, which is unusual) Form IN01. This contains: Full company name. Company type (e.g. private company limited by shares, etc.)

What does Companies House mean?

Definition of Companies House. Companies House is a government body that stores information on all the limited companies and limited liability partnerships registered in the UK. Limited companies, and limited liability partnerships ( LLPs ), have to file documents with Companies House such as: Accounts in a set format (‘statutory accounts’)

What is a company house?

Companies House is the regulatory body for the registration of companies, and the maintenance of company records. According to the organisation itself, the main functions of Companies House are to: incorporate and dissolve limited companies; make this information available to the public.