Under the Companies Act 1985 limited companies are obliged to deposit certain documents with Companies House. These documents include, in most cases, the annual accounts. The statutory functions of Companies House include:
- incorporating and dissolving companies
- examining and holding documents deposited under the Act
- making this information available to the public.
Companies House also makes accounts available direct to the public but this involves payment of a fee.
Companies House is based in Cardiff, Companies House also has offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow; the national phone number for enquiries is 08703 333636.
The Companies House website gives information about Companies House, and access to a database of registered companies. This register gives basic information only – name, address, company number, company type and line of business. Other information from Companies House is available for a fee.