Companies House documents give you in depth insight to a business’ financial status and historical accounts. Every business registered with Companies House has to submit annual accounts. Depending on the size of the business, these accounts can be full or abbreviated (check out our guide to extracting full information from abbreviated accounts).
Accessing Companies House documents
Companies House documents are available to all Company Check subscribers to access and download free of charge.
Company Check’s Companies House documents are a mirror of those available on the Companies House website. This means you have access to over 200 million Companies House records, right here. The difference is that, as well as those documents, you also get comprehensive business information around structure, key financial points, credit risk and more via Company Check.
You can access Companies House documents in two ways:
Search for the company you’d like to review and then select ‘Documents’ in the tabs
Search for the director you’d like to review, find the company of theirs you’d like to look into under ‘Companies’ and then select ‘Documents’ within that company
You can access Companies House documents free of charge by subscribing to Company Check using one of the following options:
Companies House documents are documents that have to be submitted by companies registered with Companies House. The documents available to you are:
Company accounts are submitted annually by businesses. Depending on the size of the business, they have to submit either complete accounts or abbreviated accounts. If the accounts submitted are abbreviated, they will omit some numbers; take a look at our guide to extracting full information from abbreviated accounts.
Accounts give you information about how much money the business makes, the amount of cash it holds, assets in the business, current liabilities and more.
You can use this information to better understand the financial situation of the business and make more informed decisions on how to work together.
Annual returns must be submitted by all limited companies in the UK to Companies House each year.
The Annual Return provides a summary of up to date company information, including details of directors and structure, the registered office, share capital and shareholdings.
A share certificate is issued to shareholders of a business. By accessing share certificates for the business you are reviewing, you can find out more about its shareholders, including when they became a shareholder.
You can find out more about the structure of any business under the ‘Structure’ tab within the business profile.
How to use Companies House documents
Companies House documents provide you information about the company you are reviewing, including financial information and structure.
You can use this information to inform the decisions you make about working with that business, if you are seeking to review a new client or supplier.
Companies House documents can also be used in prospecting. This is because you can easily find out how much money a business has and who the key decision makers within that business are.