How does the company type, size or status of a business effect the credit report?

How does a company's status affect it's credit score?

The company´s size, status and type can affect a company´s credit score and the amount of information available. If you are in doubt of which document to purchase or unsure what information will be included, please contact our office. 

Company Size

The size of a company affects the level of detail that a business is legally required to file at Companies House. For example, small companies are not required to file a profit and loss account or include turnover. Visit our page on Accounts Filing Requirements for more information on filing exemption and requirements to file for company different sized businesses.

Company Status

The company status effects the amount of information available in the report. If you are in doubt of which document to purchase or unsure what information will be included, please contact our office.

Company StatusDescriptionFiles Accounts
Active Is a live and active business that is registered with companies house and has a company registration number. Depends on company type (see below) and company size
Dissolved Company has been removed from the register of live companies at Companies House and ceases to exist. These companies have no formal existence and are effectively a historical record of the once live company. Only if filed previous to dissolution. Check the Filing History.
Non-Trading A company is deemed non trading if it is live with no significant accounting transactions in the latest analysed accounts, but without any documents filed to indicate insolvency. This status is assigned internally by EU & UK Data accounts analysts and is not used by Companies House. Yes, files dormant accounts with no figures.
Dormant A limited company is dormant if it is live, has no significant accounting transactions during the latest accounting period and has subsequently passed a special resolution to file Dormant accounts at Companies House. There is a subtle difference between dormant and non trading. To ascertain whether a company is non trading the accounts must be inspected by an EU & UK Data analyst and identified as non trading. Dormant is a legal term used in the Companies Act to describe non trading companies that have passed a special resolution to file dormant accounts at Companies House. These are much simpler than conventional accounts and are not audited. It is possible to be a non trading company that does not take advantage of the legal exemption to file dormant accounts. It can therefore be said that ALL dormant companies are non traders but NOT all non traders are dormant. Yes. Dormant Accounts.
In Administration

Company is in the procedure of insolvency and administrators have been called in to allow them to carry on running their business. An alternative to liquidation, administration is the first stage in winding up a company that´s become insolvent. The administrator (usually one of the big firms of Chartered Accountants) will identify the firms assets and sell off what he can to get as much money as possible for the creditors

Only if filed previous to administration. Check the Filing History.
Operating under Voluntary Arrangement Allows the company to continue trading under a binding agreement with its creditors. Agreement between an insolvent or financially-strapped debtor entity and its creditors, aimed at avoiding the liquidation of its assets. Under a voluntary arrangement, the entity continues its normal existence and pays off its debts over an agreed upon period, without or without any court-issued administration order Only if filed previous to voluntary arrangement. Check the Filing History.
In Receivership A receiver is appointed by the creditors to take control of a company for the purpose of realising any assets that allow debts to creditors to be paid. Only if filed previous to receivership. Check the Filing History.
In Liquidation If there are not enough assets available to pay the creditors then the company cannot continue to trade and becomes insolvent. A Liquidator is then appointed to wind up the company by selling off the assets for distribution amongst the creditors. Only if filed previous to liquidation. Check the Filing History.

Winding up of a company.

If a company gets into trouble one of its customers can file a winding up petition against the company at a County Court under civil law and publish that fact in The London Gazette. Evidence to strengthen the case comes from other customers who now get to see the publicly advertised petition. The company then needs to come to a financial agreement with its creditors otherwise when the case comes to court the judge can decide to wind the company up. A company can still trade and act as normal while the winding up petition is in force. If EU & UK Data have not captured notice of a resolution to the matter within 3 months of the first notification the status is removed. This is because it is not necessary to publish notification of such a resolution so EU & UK Data have made a decision that it must have been resolved within that period of time

Only if filed previous to Winding up. Check the Filing History.

Not analysed

A company shows the status not analysed if it is a new company and therefore no information is available to state whether is trading, non trading or dormant. Insurance and financial sector companies also show the status not analysed because of the type of accounts these companies file, due to the complex nature of these companies activities we cannot calculate a meaningful sales figure. Also insurance/financial companies do not present Balance Sheets in the traditional format adopted under the Companies Act.

Not yet filed.

Company Types

Each company on has a dedicated company details page where all of the available company information is listed. The company types and status will indicate how much information, including financial figures, are available in the Credit Report. The type of company incorporated, effects the amount of information filed. For example, a Public Limited company will file full accounts whereas a Limited Partnership will not.

Company TypeDescriptionFile accounts?
Private Limited with Share Capital Private Limited company with issued share capital. Yes
Private Limited company without share capital Private Limited company without issued share capital. Yes
Private Company Limited by Guarantee A Privately Limited company with no issued share capital. It is only liable for the amount of the guarantee stated by the members. This is a common way for a charity or non-profit making organisation to operate. Yes
Private Unlimited with Share Capital Company has registered its name at Companies House, but there is no limited liability. The company members are liable only up to the amount allotted in share capital. No
Private Unlimited without share capital Private Unlimited company, the company members have no limited liability and are not obliged to file accounts. No
Public Limited with Share Capital Public Limited company with issued share capital. Yes
Limited Partnership Limited Partnership will register its name with companies house, but will not file any accounts. No
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) No shareholders, or share capital. LLPs have members, not shareholders, and they are governed first by partnership agreements. Yes
Company converted closed No accounts filed No
UCITS Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities. Sole object is the collective investment in transferable securities of capital raised from the public. Operate on the principle of spreading risk.  
EEIG European Economic Interest Groupings. Does not itself record a profit or loss, with profits and losses returned to individual members. The company will co-operate across national frontiers within the EU. May not have more than 20 members, not permitted to invite investment from the public.  


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