How to find a date of incorporation

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How to find a date of incorporation
A business cannot be a limited company until it is incorporated. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A company's incorporation date is the date on which is was officially registered at Companies House, the UK Registrar of Companies. In order to operate as a limited company, a UK business must register at Companies House, in accordance with the Companies Act 2006. A company can be incorporated online or by paper, and certain documents must be produced as part of the process, including the application form IN01 and a memorandum of association. Basic information on every company in the UK, including the date of incorporation, can be found easily online at no charge.

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  1. 1

    Visit the Companies House website. Click on "Find Company Information."

  2. 2

    Enter the full company name or company number in the appropriate box. Select the type of name, for example "Current / recently dissolved names" or "Previous names." Click "Search."

  3. 3

    Look at the search results. The company you are searching for should be highlighted in yellow. Click on the company number in the far left hand column.

  4. 4

    Read the company details. Scroll down until you reach "Date of Incorporation." The date next to this is the date on which the company was incorporated.

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