Update your overseas company’s branch details in the UK

An overseas company with a branch (a UK establishment) in the UK must register with Companies House. Correspondingly, you must update your overseas company’s branch details in the UK if there are changes. For this purpose, you must use the Companies House form OS CH01. You must notify Companies House of the change within 21 days.

Complete the form OS CH01 to update your overseas company’s branch details in the UK

You can use the form Os CH01 to change three things:

  • To update your UK branch’s address
  • Change of nature of your business activities
  • Change of your UK branch name

Information required to complete the form OS CH01

You would require the following information about your overseas company to complete the form OS CH01.

Section 1: Overseas company details

Your overseas company number. your overseas company number shall start with a prefix “FC” followed by six digits.

Your overseas company full name or alternative name currently registered with Companies House.

Section 2: UK establishment

Thereafter, you must provide which of your overseas company’s branch details have changed. This includes the branch number issued by Companies House and also your branch name registered with Companies House.

Your branch number shall start with a prefix “BR” followed by six digits.

Section 3: Change of address of UK establishment

Provide the full address and specify the date of the change if this is applicable to your overseas company.

Section 4: Change nature of business

Fill in the Change in nature of business if applicable otherwise, you can leave it blank if it is not applicable.

Section 5: Change nature of business

Leave the change of name of the UK establishment blank if it is not applicable.

Section 6: Signature

You must sign the form. The person signing the form OS CH02 must hold the position of either as the overseas company director, secretary or a permanent representative.

Where to send your OC CH01 form

You may send your completed OS CH01 form to one of the following Companies House offices.

England and Wales:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Crown Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ.
DX 33050 Cardiff.

Scotland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Fourth floor, Edinburgh Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9FF.
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1
or LP – 4 Edinburgh 2 (Legal Post).

Northern Ireland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Second Floor, The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8BG.
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature. You can easily upload your documents to Companies House online platform.

You are also encouraged to use the WebFiling service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

For this purpose, you would require your company’s authentication code to file online. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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