Company Registry Copies of Official UK Company Documents

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As company incorporation agents our experience with the UK Companies House means we can obtain company reports, certified copies of official documents held by the registry on any registered company. A certified document is where Companies House stamps the document to verify its authenticity.

The certified company documents from the UK registry can be provided Apostilled, this legalises the registry company document to confirm that the UK public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.

UK - Company Search

UK companies are required to file information regarding their share capital, shareholders, directors and company accounts. A UK company report will also include the registration details of the company and confirmation of its existence.

The contents of a UK company search report include:

  • Full company name
  • Previous company names
  • Company type - private limited company
  • Date of Incorporation
  • Company registration number
  • Current Status Good Standing or Struck Off
  • Nature of business - SIC code
  • Number of charges - number of charges outstanding, satisfied or part satisfied
  • Registered Office Address
  • Share Capital - statement of share capital including class of shares, currency, number allotted shares, nominal share value
  • Directors details - including name, date of birth, occupation, nationality, date appointed, service address, country resident in, number of appointments
  • Company Secretary - including name, date of birth, nationality, date appointed, number of appointments
  • Shareholder details - including name, shareholding - only available if the company has filed an annual return, the new confirmation statement only has the person with significant control included
  • Key filing dates including accounting ref date, accounts made up to, next accounts due, last return made up to, date next return due, last members list, last bulk shareholder list - if available
  • Recent filing history - details of Companies House forms and the dates filed by the company
  • The latest filed Directors' Report and Accounts - contents includes: directors' report, independent auditors' report, profit and loss account, balance sheets, cash flow statement, notes on the cash flow statement and notes on the financial statements - if available

UK Company Search Report - Timescale

The search report will be ordered from Companies House and delivered by email the same day.

UK Certificate of Good Standing

We can supply a certificate of Good Standing from Companies House certifying the UK Company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation and that no action is currently being taken to strike the company off the register.

The UK Company's annual return and accounts must be filed and up to date with the registry, for the certificate of Good Standing to be issued.

The following additional details can be included on a UK certificate of Good Standing:

  • Directors names
  • Secretaries names
  • Registered office
  • Company objects

The certificate is provided from Companies House with an official stamp, seal and with the signature of an authorised officer.

Due to changes brought in by the small business enterprise and employment act in 2016, from November 2016 you will no longer be able to order a Certificate of Good Standing with the shareholders, shareholding or Statement of Capital details included.

Click on the image to see what a UK Certificate of Good Standing looks like and what it contains.

United Kingdom Certificate of Good Standing

UK Certificate of Incorporation

We can provide a registry certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation for a UK company.

The certificate confirms the date the UK company was incorporated and Companies House certify that in respect of the incorporation all requirements of the UK companies Act were satisfied.

The certified copy of the certificate of incorporation is a copy of the original certificate and signed by a Companies House official.

United Kingdom Certificate of Incorporation

Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association

The Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association are statutory documents filed with Companies House when a company is incorporated in the UK.

The Memorandum of Association includes the company’s name, registered office, business activities and objects.

The Articles of Association are the rules for the company's internal affairs.

Apostilled UK Company Documents

UK Company Documents need to first be certified at Companies House and then Apostilled at the UK Legalisation Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Documents we can provide Apostilled include Certificate of Good Standing, Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.

Annual Return

All UK Companies must deliver an annual return to Companies House at least once every 12 months, the directors are responsible for ensuring that they deliver the annual return to Companies House.

If the companies annual return is not filed, the Registrar will assume that the company is no longer carrying on business or in operation and take steps to strike it from the UK companies register.

An Annual Return includes:

  • Name of your company
  • Registered number
  • Type of company
  • Principal business activities of the company
  • Date to which the annual return is made-up
  • Registered office address of the company
  • Single alternate inspection location/SAIL Address - where the company keeps certain company records if not at Registered office, and those records held there
  • Details of the company secretary - where applicable
  • Details of all the company's directors

Company Accounts

In accordance with the Companies Act 2006 all UK private limited and public companies must file their accounts with Companies House, with late filing penalties applying.

Annual Accounts

All limited companies - including dormant companies - must file annual accounts at Companies House.

Annual accounts must usually be delivered to Companies House within 9 months of a company's ARD for a private company, and 6 months for a public company. However, if a company's first accounts cover a period longer that 12 months, the maximum time allowed is 22 months from the date of incorporation. The types of accounts filed depends on factors:

Micro-entities, small and Dormant companies - The type of company files shorter simpler accounts.

Accounts must be filed even if the company has remained dormant never traded.

Contents of UK Company Accounts

Generally company accounts filed with Companies House must include:a profit and loss account, a balance sheet signed by a director on behalf of the board and the accounts must be accompanied by a directors' report signed by a secretary or director, including a business review and an auditors' report.

Small and medium-sized companies may file an abbreviated version of their prepared accounts with Companies House.

Financial Statements

Small companies can prepare and file simpler, less detailed accounts than those required by large and medium companies. A UK company must fall within two out of three parameters below to be classified as small or medium sized.

Small company exemption

A company can avail of small company exemptions if two of the following criteria are satisfied in respect of the financial year in question:

  • Balance sheet total does not exceed €1,904,607
  • Turnover does not exceed €3,809,214
  • Number of employees does not exceed 50

A small company is only required to file an abridged balance sheet and selected notes on the financial statements with the Registrar of Companies.

Director's Report & Accounts

We can provide latest Director's Report & Accounts for United Kingdom Registered Companies. Company accounts filed at the United Kingdom companies registry vary according to the classification of the company.

Shareholder List

The shareholders register, contains a list of the shareholders and the amount of shares they hold, and the amount paid-up on each share.


Companies have a legal obligation to maintain certain company registers, we can provide details of the registered company directors for United Kingdom companies.

United Kingdom Company Documents

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UK Document Fees
  • Company Search Report - by email £46
  • Director's Report & Accounts - by email £20
  • Certificate of Good Standing - £100
  • Apostilled Certificate of Good Standing - £200