Companies House UK Terms with "C"

Glossary of Companies House - Glossario del Registro Imprese UK

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Class of Shares: the "Class of Shares" is the name attached to the shares e.g.:

  • ordinary;

  • preference;

  • redeemable.

Companies Act 2006: the Companies Act 2006 is a piece of primary legislation that largely applies to companies directly. A number of provisions are set out in secondary legislation, mainly through regulations or orders made by statutory instrument and Registrar's Rules.

Companies House Direct: it is a subscription service for accessing and downloading company information.

Company Records: these are records and registers (e.g. register of members, register of directors etc.) held by the company and available for inspection at either:

  • the company's registered office or;

  • SAIL address.

There are 12 different types of company records and some are all may be kept depending on the company's type and circumstances.

Confidentiality Order: Confidentiality Orders ceased on 01/10/09, but were previously granted under Section 723b of the Companies Act 1985. Once granted it allowed an individual to provide a service address, rather than a residential address, for display on the public record. From 01/10/09, the legislation changed for address details displayed on the public record and a Confidentiality Order was no longer required to display a service address on the public record. Any individuals who had a Confidentiality Order in place on 01/10/09 will be considered to have a Disclosure Exemption in place under section 243 of the Companies Act 2006.

Confirmation Statement: the Confirmation Statement, due from 30/06/2016, is the snapshot of certain company or Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) information at the made-up-date. It is separate from the company's or LLP's annual accounts. The Confirmation Statement of a company must contain:

  • The name of the company;

  • The registered number;

  • The type of company e.g. private or public;

  • The date to which the Confirmation Statement is made-up (the made-up date);

  • The registered office address of the company;

  • The address (single alternate inspection location - SAIL) where the company keeps certain company records and details of those records that are kept there;

  • The Principal business activities of the company;

  • The details of the company secretary (corporate or individual), where applicable;

  • The details of all the company directors (corporate or individual).

If the company has share capital, the Confirmation Statement must also contain:

  • The nominal value of total issued share capital;

  • The names and addresses (if applicable) of Shareholders and the number and type of shares they hold or transfer from other Shareholders.

The Confirmation Statement of an LLP must contain:

  • The name of the LLP;

  • The registered number;

  • The date to which the annual return is made-up (the made-up date);

  • The Registered Office Address of the LLP;

  • The address (single alternate inspection location - SAIL) where the LLP keeps certain records and details of those records that are kept there;

  • The details of the LLP members (corporate or individual), and whether they are a designated member.

Contact Centre: the Companies House Contact Centre deals with general limited company queries and take orders for company documents - Tel. +44(0) 303 1234 500, Minicom 029 20381245.

Corporate Entity: a corporate entity is when a company rather than an individual is appointed as an officer of a company.

Country/State of Residence: the Country or State of residence of the natural person Director or LLP member. The Country or State provided should be consistent with the residential address details of the director.

Credit or Debit Card: Companies House accept the following Credit or Debit Card:

  • Visa

  • MasterCard

  • Maestro and

  • American Express.

Cumulative Preference: it shares carry a right that if the dividend can not be paid in one year it will be carried forward to successive years.

Currency: a company can have its share capital in any currency it wishes, however a PLC must have an authorised minimum of at least £50,000 (Sterling) or €65,000 (Euros). Any company limited by shares can (subject to prohibition or restriction in its articles) re-denominate its share capital, or any class of its share capital, into other currencies by passing a resolution.