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
Ireland
ESEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Scotland
FCOverseas Company
GEEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for England &
Wales
GNEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Northern
Ireland
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
Society
NPNorthern Ireland Industrial/Provident Company or Credit
Union
NRNorthern Ireland Royal Charter Companies
NVNorthern Ireland ICVC (Investment Company with
Variable Capital)
NZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Northern
Ireland
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 &
Wales
SFOverseas Company regd in Scotland (pre 1/10/09)
SIScottish ICVC (Investment Company with Variable
Capital)
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.

Second Filing to correct errors on your LLP record

You can submit a Second Filing to correct errors on your LLP record. For example, your LLP partner’s date of birth was incorrect on the form LL AP01 form submitted to Companies House. In this circumstance, you can submit a Second Filing to correct errors on the date of birth. You must complete the form LL RP04 and in the case where you opted in the PROOF scheme, the form PR03 is required.

Second Filing for limited liability partnerships

For this purpose, you can submit a Second Filing for the following LLPs forms types.

LLP FormPurpose
LL AP01Appointment of member
LL AP02Appointment of corporate member
LL CH01Change of member’s details
LL CH02Change of corporate member’s details
LL TM01Termination of appointment of member
LL AR01Annual Return
LL CS01Confirmation Statement
LL PSC01Give notice of individual person with significant control of a limited liability partnership
LL PSC02Give notice of relevant legal entity with significant control of a limited liability partnership
LL PSC03Give notice of other registrable person with significant control of a limited liability partnership
LL PSC04Give notice to change details of a person with significant control of a limited liability partnership
LL PSC05Change of details of relevant legal entity (RLE) with significant control of a limited liability partnership (LLP)
LL PSC06Give notice changing details of other person with significant control of a limited liability partnership
LL PSC07Give notice of ceasing to be a PSC, RLE or ORP of an LLP
LL PSC08Give notice of a person of PSC statements for a limited liability partnership
LL PSC09Give notice of update to PSC statements for a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

For Second Filing for limited companies forms, click here.

If you have any questions about Second Filing to correct errors on your LLP record, contact companies house.

Second Filing to correct errors on the Register

You can submit a Second Filing to correct errors on the register. For example, your director’s date of birth was incorrect on the form AP01 submitted. In this case, you submit a Second Filing to Companies House with the correct date of birth. You must complete the form RP04 and if your company has opted in the PROOF scheme then PR03 is required.

Second Filing for limited companies

For this purpose, you can submit a Second Filing for the following Companies House forms types.

Company formsPurpose
AP01Appointment of director
AP02Appointment of corporate director
AP03Appointment of secretary
AP04Appointment of corporate secretary
CH01Change of director’s details
CH02Change of corporate director’s details
CH03Change of secretary’s details
CH04Change of corporate secretary’s details
TM01Termination of appointment of director
TM02Termination of appointment of secretary
SH01Return of allotment of shares
AR01Annual Return
CS01Confirmation Statement
PSC01Give notice of individual person with significant control
PSC02Give notice of relevant legal entity with significant control
PSC03Give notice of other registrable person with significant control
PSC04Give notice of change of details for person with significant control
PSC05Give notice of change of details for relevant legal entity with significant control
PSC06Give notice of change of details of other registrable person with significant control
PSC07Give notice of ceasing to be a person with significant control
PSC08Give notice of PSC statements
PSC09Give notice of update to PSC statements

On the other hand, Second Filing for limited liability partnership (LLP) forms types, click here.

If you have any questions about Second Filing to correct errors on the register, contact companies house.

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