Last updated Apr 03, 2024 and written by Tom Richardson

The Companies House Status Says My Company Is ‘Active’; What Does This Mean?

When you form a limited company your company is placed on the Companies House register (Companies House are the UK’s registrar of companies). In this post we’re going to look at the ‘Status’ field on the register and explain why your company may have an ‘Active’ status.

If you search for your company using the Companies House WebCheck you’ll see something like this:


We receive a lot of questions from customers asking why their company status is ‘Active’, even though it has not actually started trading yet (and so is a dormant company).

The answer is quite simple. The ‘Status’ field is an indicator of whether the company still exists or not. It’s not anything to do with trading status, more life status. Alternatives to ‘Active’ include ‘Dissolved’ and ‘Liquidation’ which means the company has closed (dissolved) or is in the process of being closed (liquidation).

We hope you have found this post helpful. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about this or any other company formation related issues.