About us

What we do

Companies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.

There are more than 3 million limited companies registered in the UK, and 500,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

Who we are

We employ around 1,000 staff in our head office in Cardiff and our offices in Edinburgh, Belfast and London. Company registrations for England and Wales are carried out in Cardiff, while registrations for Scotland and Northern Ireland are processed in Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Our London office only provides search services to visiting customers.

Registrar of Companies

The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, and Chief Executive of Companies House is Tim Moss. His office is based at Companies House in Cardiff.

The Registrar of Companies for Scotland is Aoife Martin and her office is based in Edinburgh.

The Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland is Helen Shilliday and her office is based in Belfast.

Our responsibilities

Our main responsibilities are to:

  • incorporate and dissolve limited companies
  • examine and store all company information required by law given to us
  • make all information given to us available to the public in the official government register of UK companies

Our priorities

From 2014 to 2015 our priorities will be to:

  • provide a single entry point for all our services
  • release more open data for free
  • be a digital by default service
  • increase customer satisfaction


Information on the services we offer.

This includes:

Corporate information

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Find out about our commitment to publishing in Welsh. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information. Read our policy on Social media use. Find out About our services.

Corporate reports