What limited company information is available to the public?

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I was looking on the Companies House website and it said something about information being published on a register. I’m a bit worried about my personal details being available to all and sundry if I open a company, and I’m not very keen on everyone being able to see stuff about my business. I don’t really understand why it should be, it’s nobody else’s business! Could you tell me what this is all about and what info the general public can access? Cheers.

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Companies House will display on public record all information provided about your business and the people who own it. This is to provide an open and transparent market and reduce fraud. The information that will be disclosed includes:

  • Company name and registration number
  • Date of incorporation
  • Registered office address
  • Business activities
  • Name and contact address of members (shareholders or guarantors)
  • Directors’ details:
    • Full name
    • Any previous name(s)
    • Date of birth
    • Nationality
    • Occupation
    • Home address - this will only be made public if you list it as a registered office or service address.
    • Name and contact address of company secretary
  • Issued share capital
  • Financial accounts
  • Details of any other information/changes filed at Companies House
  • Whether the company is trading, dormant or dissolved.

The only way to keep your personal information off the register is to appoint a nominee to take your place on public record as a director, shareholder and/or company secretary. The role of a nominee is in name only, but you still retain full executive rights in accordance with your role(s).

a year ago
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Is this the same for companies limited by guarantee and LLPs?

a year ago
 

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