About us

We incorporate and dissolve limited companies. We register company information and make it available to the public.


More than 5 million limited companies are registered in the UK. Over 500,000 new companies are incorporated each year.

What is Companies House?

Who we are

Companies House is an executive agency of the Department for Business and Trade. We employ around 1,000 people at our offices in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Registrar of Companies

Louise Smyth is the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, and Chief Executive of Companies House. Louise is based at Companies House in Cardiff.

Lisa Davis is the Registrar of Companies for Scotland. Lisa is based in Edinburgh.

Lynn Cooper is the Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland. Lynn is based in Belfast.

Our responsibilities

Our main responsibilities are to:

  • incorporate and dissolve limited companies
  • examine and store company information
  • make information available to the public

Our priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • provide excellence in company registration and search
  • make the register as complete and accurate as possible
  • build a high performance culture

Our services

About our services. Read our customer charter which sets out the standards of service we aim to provide.

Corporate information

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Jobs and contracts

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