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Information Fair Trader Scheme: Companies House

Companies House accreditation to the Information Fair Trader Scheme.



The Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) ensures that re-users of public sector information can be confident they will be treated reasonably and fairly by public sector information providers.

Companies House achieved re-accreditation to the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) in March 2016.

Statement of Public Task

Companies House carries out the functions of the Registrar of Companies as laid down in legislation, and some delegated functions of the Secretary of State.

The main functions are:

  • the incorporation of new companies, re-registration and changes of company name

  • the dissolution of companies and striking off the register of defunct companies

  • examining and registering company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation

  • making the information available for public inspection and use.

This includes but is not limited to, Limited Companies, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, European Limited Liability Companies, European Economic Interest Groupings and Overseas Companies.

Copyright is usually owned by the person or organisation that created the work. The material published by Companies House may be broadly split into two categories:

a) Material produced by Companies House

Material of this sort is subject to Crown copyright protection, and Companies House controls this copyright under a Delegation of Authority from the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO). Crown copyright also covers database rights, logos and visual images. Any Crown copyright protected material held by Companies House (other than the Royal Arms) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium provided it is reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. The source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged.

b) Material on the public register

With the exception of a small category of material which is exempt from statutory disclosure requirements, the Registrar is required by law to make the information comprised in documents sent to him available for public inspection. Information on the public register is made available by virtue of approvals issued by the Registrar in accordance with section 47 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and Schedule 1 of the Database Regulations (SI 1997/3032). Companies House imposes no rules or requirements on how the information on the public register is used.

Companies House and Re-use

Companies House, as a public information provider, makes all information relating to limited companies available for public inspection. It places no restriction on how the information is used after purchase other than the following:

  • all customers, including bulk customers, must take their own legal advice regarding possible breach of third party copyright
  • customers cannot reproduce the Crown insignia
  • if information is used from guidance notes, the website, publications or statistical tables the customer is required to credit Companies House as the source of the information
Published 21 November 2012
Last updated 13 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information Fair Trader Scheme Report 2016 added to the page, and the 2009 report removed.
  2. First published.