Why does Companies House keep a public register?


I’m curious about the Companies House public register. I’m planning on using a registered office and service address from a formation agent to protect my personal details from going on the public register. But, assuming a lot of other businesses do this, what is the point of keeping a public register at all? Why bother??



Companies House keeps a public register of companies to ensure the public has access to information about all incorporated businesses operating in the UK. This allows members of the public to research and scrutinise businesses and their activities, determine who owns and operates them and make informed decisions about who to do business with.

This level of corporate transparency sharpens accountability and helps to reduce fraudulent activity. By making the UK an effective and efficient place to do business, consumer and investor trust is enhanced, which maximises the UK’s economic value.

You can access the public register of companies free of charge using Companies House Beta Service. Company data, documents and accounts can be accessed and downloaded at any time. For this reason, it is important to keep up to date with your company’s filing and reporting requirements.

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