5 How Companies House has simplified registering
Companies House has simplified the registration process by offering online registration. It has also simplified pre-registration.
Companies House did this by increasing the accessibility of the registry data. This has made the initial research a start-up business does much easier. In 1996 Companies House made basic information on existing companies available for free, which allowed business founders to easily conduct name searches online and at the Companies House office.
Today Companies House processes 235 million free basic company information searches online or through its mobile application every year.
In 2016 Companies House expanded its company information to include:
- Company number
- Incorporation data
- Filing dates for annual returns
Since Companies House increased its data accessibility, electronic procedures, and free resources for business founders, the number of registered companies in the UK has doubled.
2: See an example at Companies Office of Jamaica