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SIC codes for Professional, scientific and technical businesses

You are required to specify a SIC code when completing your confirmation statement for Companies House. SIC stands for Standard Industrial Classification. This article focuses on Section M of the SIC codes for Professional, scientific and technical businesses. The SIC codes are divided into sections in alphabetical order, ranging from Section A to Section U.

The Office for National Statistics refers to these SIC codes as the UK SIC 2007 codes and use them to produce statistics.

Section M: SIC codes for Professional, scientific and technical activities

SIC codeDescription
69101Barristers at law
69109Activities of patent and copyright agents; other legal activities n.e.c.
69201Accounting and auditing activities
69202Bookkeeping activities
69203Tax consultancy
70100Activities of head offices
70210Public relations and communications activities
70221Financial management
70229Management consultancy activities other than financial management
71111Architectural activities
71112Urban planning and landscape architectural activities
71121Engineering design activities for industrial process and production
71122Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities
71129Other engineering activities
71200Technical testing and analysis
72110Research and experimental development on biotechnology
72190Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering
72200Research and experimental development on social sciences and humanities
73110Advertising agencies
73120Media representation services
73200Market research and public opinion polling
74100specialised design activities
74201Portrait photographic activities
74202Other specialist photography
74203Film processing
74209Photographic activities not elsewhere classified
74300Translation and interpretation activities
74901Environmental consulting activities
74902Quantity surveying activities
74909Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
74990Non-trading company
75000Veterinary activities
Source: Companies House

Choose the correct SIC codes for your business

You are required to specify at least one SIC code that closely represents your business activity when you complete your confirmation statement for Companies House.

For example, if you are providing quantity surveyor services and you are using a limited company for these business activities, you would require to submit a confirmation statement to Companies House at least once every 12 months. You can submit your confirmation statement online or by post.

In your confirmation statement CS01 form, under the Standard Industrial Classification code, the SIC codes that represent your business activity is 74902 Quantity surveying activities.

SIC codes for other businesses not related to Professional, scientific and technical activities

Click here for a list of SIC codes for other business activities not listed above.

Disclose your business activity in your company accounts

You are also required to disclose your business activities in your company accounts. Usually, the disclosure is in the format of a description rather than using the SIC codes.

For example, you would write in your director’s report under Principal activities heading something like this.

“The principal activity of the company is that of providing quantity surveyor services. There has been no change in the business activity during the year or since the balance sheet date. The director is of the view that the company is well-positioned for the future.”

The director’s report is part of your company accounts.

If you require help with your company’s filings with Companies House or HM Revenue and Customs, feel free to contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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