Companies House

 
 

Headline UK statistics for August 2014:

  • 3,342,440 total companies on the register (3,068,192 active companies on register)
  • 80.2% of accepted documents were filed electronically
  • 99.2% of accounts up to date in filing
  • 43,190 Incorporations
  • 19,346 Dissolutions
  • 1,432 Liquidations notified

More detailed breakdown of these statistics:

 


Notes:

Coverage: All statistics on this page relate to Private Limited, Public Limited and Private Unlimited companies, with the exception of 'Accepted documents', which includes all company and corporate types.

Incorporations: All companies that are registered at Companies House. Incorporations are one source of statistics on business creation. Incorporated companies can go on to trade actively, but some will be dormant companies that do not trade actively. Companies House Incorporations do not capture business start-ups of other business types such as those starting up as an unincorporated sole proprietorship or partnership.

Dissolutions: All companies that have been removed from the Companies House Register.

Active or Effective Register: All companies which are contained on the Total Register that are not in the process of dissolution or liquidation.

Accepted documents: All accepted transactions that have passed our examination checks and have been logged on the Companies House database.

Accounts up to date in filing: Companies that are up to date in filing their latest Financial Accounts.

Coherence with other business statistics: More information on the coherence of Companies House Statistics with select business statistics can be found in Incorporated Companies in the United Kingdom statistics.

Total Register: All companies that are registered at Companies House. It includes all companies required to file documents to Companies House. It excludes dissolved companies, but includes: companies in the process of receivership; dormant companies; and actively trading companies.

Company types included in total register size:
  • Public Limited
  • Private Limited
  • Private Limited by Guarantee/No Share Capital
  • Private Limited by Guarantee/No Share Capital (exempt)
  • Private Limited (Section 30)
  • Private Unlimited
  • Private Unlimited / No Share Capital Companies
Other corporate types excluded from total register size:
  • Old Public Companies
  • Converted/Closed
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Overseas
  • European
  • European Economic Interest Groupings
  • Newspaper Libel and Registration Act 1881
  • Principal establishment in GB
  • European Public Limited Liability Companies (Societas Europaea)
  • Industrial & Provident Societies
  • Incorporated by Royal Charter
  • Investment Companies with Variable Capital
  • Investment Companies with Variable Capital (Securities)
  • Investment Companies with Variable Capital (Warrant)
  • Investment Companies with Variable Capital (Umbrella)
  • Unregistered Companies
  • Not Used
  • Other Types of Companies
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