Prefix in front of company number

Companies House uses standard prefix in front of company number for different categories of businesses registered with them.

No prefix for companies registered in England and Wales

A company registered in England and Wales will have a standard 8 digits numbers as your company registration number printed on your certificate of incorporation. There will be no prefix in front of your company number.

For example, Cute Gifts and Flowers Limited’s company number is 08407369.

SC as prefix for Scottish companies

Whereas for a company registered in Scotland, in other words, has a registered office situated in Scotland will have a Prefix of “SC” in front of your company numbers. For example, XYREX LIMITED’s company number is SC234456.

Prefixes for Overseas companies

There are three types of prefixes for overseas companies.

PrefixCompany type
FCFor all overseas companies registered on or after 1 October 2009 and for overseas companies registered in England and Wales before 1 October 2009.
SFfor overseas companies registered in Scotland before 1
October 2009
NFfor overseas companies registered in Northern Ireland before 1
October 2009

You must provide the correct prefix with your company number for your overseas company when completing the Companies House form – OS MG01 to register a charge with the Registrar of Companies.

List of Prefixes used by Companies House

Knowing your company number’s prefix will help you to be transferred to the right department when you are calling Companies House. This saves yours and the Companies House’s staff time.

PrefixCompany type
N/AEngland & Wales Company
ACAssurance Company for England & Wales
ENEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Northern
ESEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Scotland
FCOverseas Company
GEEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for England &
GNEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Northern
GSEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Scotland
ICICVC (Investment Company with Variable Capital)
IPIndustrial & Provident Company
LPLimited Partnership for England & Wales
NAAssurance Company for Northern Ireland
NCLimited Liability Partnership for Northern Ireland
NFOverseas Company regd in Northern Ireland (pre 1/10/09)
NINorthern Ireland Company (post partition)
NLLimited Partnership for Northern Ireland
NONorthern Ireland Credit Union Industrial/Provident
NPNorthern Ireland Industrial/Provident Company or Credit
NRNorthern Ireland Royal Charter Companies
NVNorthern Ireland ICVC (Investment Company with
Variable Capital)
NZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Northern
OCLimited Liability Partnership for England & Wales
RCRoyal Charter Companies (English/Wales)
R0Northern Ireland Company (pre partition)
SAAssurance Company for Scotland
SCScottish Company
SEEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for England &
SFOverseas Company regd in Scotland (pre 1/10/09)
SIScottish ICVC (Investment Company with Variable
SLLimited Partnership for Scotland
SOLimited Liability Partnership for Scotland
SPScottish Industrial/Provident Company
SRScottish Royal Charter Companies
SZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Scotland
ZCUnregistered Companies (S 1043 – Not Cos Act) for England
& Wales
Source: Department for
Business, Energy
& Industrial Strategy – Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) Customer Guide

Companies House filings

Generally, organisations registered with Companies House in the United Kingdom must comply with the UK company law. This includes submitting the following documents to Companies House when they are due.

You must also require to notify Companies House when there is a change in your company details like new director appointment or change of registered office address etc.

If you have any questions about your company’s legal filings requirements, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Common errors with company name on Companies House form

Common errors with company name on Companies House form and company accounts which lead to Companies House to reject them.

If you choose to deliver your paper documents to Companies House. Be it your Companies House form or company accounts, you must write your company in full. This includes your company name ending.

First, your company accounts and Companies House form must be printed on A4 size WHITE PAPERs. If you are using a firm of accountants to help you with your company account preparation, they will usually submit your accounts to Companies House for you.

Where to get Companies House forms?

If you are filing paper form to Companies House yourself, you can download the Companies House forms from the Companies House website.

Alternatively, you use the ‘form reference’ to search the form from the Companies House website. For example, if you would like to file your confirmation statement on a paper form, the form reference is CS01. Type CSO1 on Companies House search bar and the latest form will appear on the search results. Click to download it.

On the same note, use BLACK ink to fill in your paper form.

The exact spelling of your company name per your certificate of incorporation

You must write your exact company name as per your certificate of incorporation. Also, your company registration number must be correct. Your company Company names that have spelling errors or variations will be rejected by Companies House.

For example, say, your company full name is THE PRETTY BLUE EYES LIMITED. Companies House will accept your form with your company name omitting the “THE” in front of your company name.

On the other hand, if your company name is LOVE THE HEART LIMITED and you wrote “LOVE HEART LIMITED” in your Companies House form then your form is likely to be rejected.

Common errors with company name on Companies House form include the company name ending.

Companies House accept specific abbreviations on your company name

If you are to use abbreviation on your company name, ensure you use companies House’s acceptable abbreviations.

The acceptable company name ending abbreviations are listed below.

Limited companies

For Public limited companiesFor Private limited companies
Public Limited CompanyLimited
Cwmni Cyfyngedig CyhoeddusCyfyngedig

Limited liabilities partnerships

For LLPs
Limited Liability Partnership
Partneriaeth Atebolrwydd Cyfyngedig

Community interest companies

For community interest companies (private limited)For community interest companies (public limited)
Community Interest CompanyCommunity Interest Public Limited Company
CICCommunity Interest PLC
C.I.C.Community Interest P.L.C.
Cwmni Buddiant CymunedolCwmni Buddiant Cymunedol Cyhoeddus Cyfyngedig
CBCCwmni Buddiant Cymunedol CCC
Cwmni Buddiant Cymunedol C.C.C.

UK economic recovery discussions

A press release was published today (15 June 2020) by Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Business Secretary, Mr Alok Sharma has chaired a number of the UK economic recovery discussions.

The discussions were joined by businesses, business representative organisations, regulators and leading academics. The discussions cover the following major topics:

  • Green recovery
  • Increasing opportunity
  • Backing new businesses
  • The future industry
  • The UK open for business

Click here for the full press release report.

These discussions were vital to assist the UK government to support economic recovery and create opportunities for growth in the UK over the next 18 months and beyond.

If you or your organisation would like to submit your ideas and insights in relation to the below questions, You are welcome to email

Supporting new businesses

How to make the UK the best place in the world to start, grow and expand a business. The debate was joined by the following reputable 18 organisations:

  1. Bought by Many
  2. Boxpark
  3. Coltraco Ultrasonics Ltd
  4. Ecuity Consulting LLP
  5. Entrepreneur First
  6. Enterprise Nation
  7. Evergen Group
  8. Federation of Small Businesses
  9. Geovation
  10. IAND
  11. M Squared Lasers
  12. Macro Eagle
  13. Marshall Wace
  14. McKinsey
  15. Plexal
  16. Richer Sounds
  17. Scale Up Institute
  18. Unilink Group

The questions discussed include:

  1. what are the most significant barriers to starting and growing a business in the UK?
  2. what are the most critical factors for successfully growing a business in the UK?
  3. how can we support businesses through venture capital?
  4. what specific actions should we take to ensure the UK creates a strong pipeline of investable start-ups that have the potential to grow?
  5. what more can be done to encourage businesses to invest in their own success?

If you or your organisation would like to submit your ideas and insights in relation to the below questions, You are welcome to email

The UK open for business

The UK also welcomes investments to the UK. The debate was joined by the following reputable businesses and organisations.

  1. Adam Smith Institute
  2. Airbus
  3. Caterpillar
  4. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics
  5. CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd
  6. Deloitte
  7. EY
  8. GIC
  9. Google
  10. Griffin Growth
  11. Iberdrola / Scottish Power
  12. Institute of Directors
  13. Lord Mayor of the City of London
  14. Marks & Spencer
  15. National Institute of Economic and Social Research
  16. Smith and Nephew
  17. Synthomer

The questions participants were asked to address included:

  • What aspects of the UK offer should we focus on enhancing?
  • Are there any particular types of investor, project or investment that business and government should prioritise for investment in the UK?
  • What specific approaches would help ‘land’ more investment deals for the UK?
  • How can access to finance support inward investment, and what role can government play in facilitating this?
  • How could we more effectively retain and expand existing UK investors’ presence?

If you or your organisation would like to submit your ideas and insights in relation to the below questions, You are welcome to email

UK company incorporation

Setting up a UK company is very easy and quick. You can have your new company registered as quick as within one business day. Concise Accountancy offers company formation services. Our accountants will handle your new company incorporation for you from start to finish.

Company name availability check

You can use the Company name availability checker to check if your proposed company name is available for registration.

Maintain your limited company

Firstly, at every anniversary of your company, you are required to submit your confirmation statement with Companies House. The confirmation statement is a snapshot of information about your company shares structure, directors, shareholders and registered office.

Additionally, you must also submit your company accounts and tax return to Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

If you have any questions about registering a UK company, do not hesitate to speak to our accountants. Alternatively, you may contact Companies House directly.

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