What information does a company limited by shares need to disclose?


I would like to form a new limited company; however, before I do, I would like to ensure that I know what all of my responsibilities will be as a company owner. First and foremost, I would like to know what information a company must regularly disclose. For example, do I need to share company financials with Companies House or HMRC, or do I need to inform the public when I add new shareholders?



All of the information you provide on the company formation application will be placed on public record, and everything you report to Companies House after incorporation will also be disclosed. This includes:

  • Full company name
  • Previous company name(s)
  • Type of company
  • Registered office address
  • Name and contact address of each shareholder (those who join after incorporation do not have to provide an address).
  • Details of issued share capital
  • Directors details:
    • Full name, incl. previous names
    • Date of birth
    • Nationality
    • Service address (official contact address)
    • Residential address (only if used as a service address or registered office)
    • Occupation
  • Name and contact address of company secretary (if one is appointed)
  • List of statutory registers held at registered office
  • Annual returns - a yearly report to confirm the company details above
  • Financial accounts
  • Business activities
  • Trading status of business
  • Filing dates, and whether or not the company has satisfied its key filing obligations.
  • Actions against the company - legal action, CCJs, etc.

All of this information must be kept up to date on public record. This means, if any details change, you must tell Companies House as soon as possible. This includes the removal or addition of shareholders and directors.

2 years ago

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