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.

Misused of your address

If you become aware someone has misused of your address as a registered office address of a company and a limited liability partnership (LLP), you can apply to Companies House to get your address removed.

Companies House has the power to rectify the situation under Section 1097A of the Companies Act 2006.

How to rectify misused of your address

For this purpose, you complete the Companies House form RP07. In the form, you must provide the following information.

Personal information

your personal’s details if you are an individual and leave the company name column blank.

Home address

You home address if this is the address was misused as the registered office address.

The company or LLP name and number

Enter the company or LLP’s details misused your address. Use the Companies House free search service to find the company number you are complaining about.

The company or LLP’s registered office address

On the Companies House search screen result, you will see the registered office address of the company or the LLP and enter that address. Technically, if you are claiming this company or LLP misused your address as their registered office address. The registered office address on the search screen shall be the same as your home address.

Reasons to change the company’s registered office address

Your reason can be the company or the LLP has no authority to use your address as their registered office.

Usually, you become suspicious of someone misused of your address when you received mails belong to a company or LLP continuously. Commonly, your letterbox would be flooded with junk mails too. And this can be annoying. On the other hand, you also risk people turned up at your home looking for the company or the LLP.

Additional evidence

Additionally, you must provide the following evidence to support your claim.

  1. You must prove that you have the right to the address. Your leasehold or freehold would be sufficient for this.
  2. If you have any written agreement to prove that you can use the address like a rent or tenancy agreement.
  3. Utility bills like water or electricity or council tax bill with your name and address printed on it within the last 6 months.

Generally, Companies House sends reminders to companies’ and LLPs’ registered office address when their confirmation statement and company accounts are due. You can return the posts to senders.

If you have any questions about removing your address misused by a company or LLP, contact companies House immediately.

Reminder to submit your confirmation statement

Reminder to submit your confirmation statement is the help Companies House provide generously. Companies House sends out reminders to your registered office address when your confirmation statement is due.

Companies House want to remind you to submit your confirmation statement on time

It is a criminal offence for not sending in your confirmation statement. Additionally, you can be fined up to £5000 and risk your company being struck off the register.

Because of Companies House only send reminders to your registered office, it is vital that you keep your registered office up to date with Companies House.

For example, if you recently moved to a new office you must notify Companies House of your new registered office address. Use the form AD01 to notify Companies House.

Alternatively, you may sign up for an email reminder to submit your confirmation statement when it is due. To sign up for the email reminder, you need to login to your web filing service and opt-in for the email alert. You would require your authentication code to use the Companies House web filing service.

You must keep safe your authentication code because it is the electronic equivalent of your company director and secretary signatures.

Other than your confirmation statement, Companies House also sends reminders to your registered office when your company accounts are due.

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