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You can get some company details for free (eg a company’s registered office address, when its accounts were filed or if it’s been dissolved) but there’s a charge for getting other documents. What you need to know Start now on the Companies House website Search by company name or registration number. You can also search the database of people disqualified from being a company director.
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You must choose a business structure when you start a business. The structure you choose will define your legal responsibilities, like: the paperwork you must fill in to get started the taxes you’ll have to manage and pay how you can personally take the profit your business makes your personal responsibilities if your business makes a loss Most businesses in the UK are: