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Companies House

The main functions of Companies House are to:

  • incorporate and dissolve limited companies;
  • examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation; and
  • make this information available to the public

The Registrar of Companies

The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, and Chief Executive of Companies House is Tim Moss. His office is based at Companies House in Cardiff.
The Registrar of Companies for Scotland is Dorothy Blair and her office is based in Edinburgh.
The Registrar of Companies for Northern Ireland is Helen Shilliday and her office is based in Belfast.
There is also an Information Centre in London.

Details on where to find us and who to contact


HM Revenue & Customs

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was formed on the 18 April 2005, following the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Departments. Work is still continuing on our office restructuring programme. We are here to ensure the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid.

We collect and administer:

Direct taxes- paid by you or your business on money you earn or capital you gain.

  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Corporation Tax.
  • Income Tax.
  • Inheritance Tax.
  • National Insurance Contributions.

Indirect taxes- paid by you or your business on money spent on goods or services.

  • Excise duties.
  • Insurance Premium Tax.
  • Petroleum Revenue Tax.
  • Stamp Duty.
  • Stamp Duty Land Tax.
  • Stamp Duty Reserve Tax.
  • VAT

We pay and administer:

  • Child Benefit
  • Child Trust Fund
  • Tax Credits.

We protect you by enforcing and administering:

  • Border and frontier protection
  • Environmental taxes
  • National Minimum Wage enforcement
  • Recovery of student loans.

We are the parent department to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and its commercial arm – District Valuer Services(DVS).

Further information in respect of how we run HMRC are all available from our Corporate Governance section.


UK Music

Our core goals are to promote awareness and understanding of:

  • The interests of the UK music industry at all levels
  • The value of music to society, culture and the economy
  • Intellectual property rights and how they protect and promote creativity
  • The opportunities and challenges for music creators in the digital age

UK Music works around four priority areas, these are:

  • Policy and Government Relations
  • Policy within the EU
  • Education
  • Research



AIM is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry.

AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.

AIM’s 800+ members span every musical genre and every corner of the UK. They are a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse bunch who have one thing in common: the music comes first.



BASCA exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing.

Aims and Objectives

  • To campaign as a leading force in the domestic, European and international political arenas.
  • To celebrate excellence through world-class awards ceremonies – the Ivor Novello Awards, the British Composer Awards and the Gold Badge Awards.
  • To inform our members in a constantly changing environment through our publications, websites and seminars.
  • To foster a sense of community amongst British songwriters, lyricists and composers and to encourage the next generation of professional music writers.

To become a member you must be working as a songwriter and be a member of a royalty collections society, such as PRS for Music, BMI or ASCAP.



The BPI is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. The BPI is a trade organisation funded by their members. The BPI’s members include the UK’s four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI members account for approximately 90% of all recorded music sold in the UK, and globally the UK’s recorded music market is the third biggest.

Established in 1973, the BPI was mandated to “discuss matters of common interest and represent the British record industry in negotiations with Government departments, relevant unions and other interested parties and to promote the welfare and interests of the British record industry.”

The BPI organises the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classical BRIT Awards show. The organising company BRIT Awards limited, is a fully owned subsidiary of the BPI. Substantial proceeds from both shows go to the BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the BPI that has donated almost £15m to charitable causes nationwide, since its foundation in 1989.

The BPI also co-owns – along with the Entertainment Retailers’ Association (ERA) – the Official Charts Company (OCC) which provides the benchmark singles and albums charts in the UK.



UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
UKTI has a customer commitment to helping its UK and international customers by providing a range of services, to a high standard and improve customer service by listening to customer feedback.UKTI have a co-ordination role across government to establish a more systematic approach to relationships with companies which are the most economically significant investors and exporters.



The MMF since its inception in 1992, has worked hard to educate, inform and represent UK managers (and their artists) as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.

While this work continues, the MMF is focusing more and more in this time of change on providing real, meaningful value for its Members and their artists – helping unlock investment, finding eyeballs for artists, opening up new markets, and improving margins.

A wide range of general and specific benefits are already available to all, and all Members are encouraged play an active part in the organisation that aims to be their professional voice.



The Music Publishers Association exists to safeguard the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them. It provides them with a forum and a collective voice, offers them a range of practical services, represents their interests to the wider music industry, the media and the public and works to inform and to educate the wider public in the importance and value of copyright.

The Music Publishers Association has around 260 members, representing approximately 4,000 associated and administered catalogues and companies.



The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.

The MPG strives to maintain and constantly improve upon standards of audio quality in music production, and the enhancement of user-appreciation of the listening experience.

It is a dynamic, professional and creative member organisation that has a serious voice to government and industry alike. As a vibrant group, it is mainly concerned with record-making and recording techniques for all genres of music and media related activities in the UK. Collectively, the membership’s combined output and footprint of commercial recorded works is huge.



The Musicians’ Union is a globally-respected organisation which represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

The Musicians’ Union has specialist full-time officials available to immediately tackle the issues raised by musicians working in the live arena, the recording studio, or when writing and composing.

Such issues can range from copyright protection to valuable contractual advice or from the recovery of unpaid fees to crucial work in health and safety

MU members, regardless of their genre of music, are part of one of the leading music industry bodies in Europe and the Union’s democratic structures offer every opportunity for musicians to influence MU policy.

Add to this the many services that the Union provides and you have an organisation that can assist its members throughout their professional careers and beyond.



PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of thousands of record company and performer members. In 2010, PPL collected revenue of £143.5m

As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

PPL’s Broadcast and online licensing covers the use of recorded music on the BBC’s television, radio and iPlayer services and by hundreds of commercial broadcasters. These include ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky, together with services such as Virgin Media and BT Vision. PPL also licenses commercial radio networks such as Capital, Heart and Absolute Radio, online services such as Last FM and community, hospital, student and prison radio stations.

Public Performance licences are issued by PPL to hundreds of thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the UK who play recorded music to their staff or customers and who therefore require a licence by law

PPL also operates an International service, used by many of its members. Through agreements with over 50 music licensing companies globally, PPL is able to collect licensing revenue from the use of its members’ recorded music around the world.

After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all revenue collected is distributed to members based on the music used by licensees and the extensive information contained in the PPL Repertoire Database. PPL does not retain a profit for its services.


PRS for Music

PRS for Music is home to the world’s best music writers, composers and publishers.

Formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009, the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS. We exist to collect and pay royalties to our members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online.

PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights collecting operations. Offering its members more money, more often, at less cost and its customers the most efficient means by which they can use music.


The Featured Artists Coalition

The Featured Artists Coalition campaigns for the protection of UK performers’ and musicians’ rights. We want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age. We speak with one voice to help artists strike a new bargain with record companies, digital distributors and others, and are campaigning for specific changes.


PRS for Music Foundation

PRS Foundation (PRSF) are the UK’s leading funder of new music across all genres.
They stimulate and support the creation and performance of new music throughout the UK and to ensure that music is enjoyed by a wide audience. Over the past 10 years PRSF have proved themselves as a significant force in supporting pioneering musical activity. Since March 2000 they have supported over 4,000 new music initiatives to the tune of over £14 million. PRSF do this through open grant schemes which are available to musicians and organisations four times per year and partnership programmes which we lead in response to specific needs and gaps in funding.


The BRIT Trust

The BRIT Trust is the charitable arm of the British Record Industry and derives a large part of its income from the profits of the BRIT Awards. Other sources of income are from The Classical BRIT Awards and The Music Industry Trusts’ Dinner. Since its inception in 1989, the Trust has distributed over £14m. The principal beneficiaries are The BRIT School for the Performing Arts based in Croydon, a CTC School opened in 1991. The BRIT Trust is the sponsor for the school and has donated £8 million to date. The Trust also makes regular annual payments to Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, a charity very close to the record business heart. They also make small contributions to other charities who match our mission statement. More information on the BRIT school can be found here – The BRIT School.

Welsh Music Foundation

The WMF exists “to assist in the development of the music industry in Wales by way of specialist business support and industry led representation”.
The WMF provides an information service capable of handling enquiries from Welsh music SMEs and start-ups. This also includes signposting to other relevant public sector or appropriate organisations. Our information service is supported by the production of the annual WMF Directory of Welsh music businesses.


Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries.
They invest in talented people and exciting ideas and develop the creative industries – championing everything that’s good about Scottish creativity.
Scotland boasts an incredible range of talent, from award-winning directors and writers to widely recognised actors and internationally renowned visual artists, architects and digital companies. As a result of the wealth of indigenous talent, Scotland produces a huge volume of home-grown productions and products each year.



Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Generator is the UKs leading Music Development Agency.
Originally starting out to serve the needs of the North East and Cumbria the agency expanded its role nationally when asked by Arts Council England to assist other fledgling agencies, organisations and groups in policy, programme development, governance and funding. As such Generator has represented the music development sector at Government level with membership of both the Live Music Forum and Music Education forums. The agency also leads the Music Industry Development Association, a body set up to establish common aims amongst similar organisations in the UK. Generator currently produces robust programmes in the areas of music business development in a regional context, musician support (including the development of commercial viability of artists). Live music (most significantly in supporting promoters) and in supporting and representing the music development sector.


Urban Development

Urban Development is the one-stop organisation for London’s new urban music talent. Combining business acumen with a firm understanding of youth culture, we stand at the crossroads where creativity meets the music industry. Located in Three Mills, Stratford in the London borough of Newham – Urban Development has built a reputation for inspiring young people and championing some of brightest names on the local and national scene.



Music4Good has come a long way since its inception in late 2006. Music4Good’s inception started life as a smaller scale project based in Lewisham. Live Recordings, a working record label designed to teach transferable skills in marketing, promotion and office management. Early 2009 saw Music4Good expand its partner employers to include Universal, PRS for Music, PPL and BPI, iTunes, Independiente and The Media Spot, placing 14 apprentices’ on six-month placements.

September 2009 saw them launch the 5th phase of apprenticeships, welcoming Beggars and EMI to the partnerships. This enabled them to provide 17 apprenticeship placements. Music4Good also partnered with City of Westminster College to administrate our apprenticeships, helping us access government funding via LSC and offering the National Award in Music Business at Level 3.


Small Green Shoots

Small Green Shoots is an innovative music based consultancy that develop and deliver high profile music projects for creative’s, corporate’s and community.
An original and recognised resource for music organisations and artists alike, we provide facilitation and project management services with a real passion for the people we work withLed by well regarded project manager, Natalie Wade, and with over a decade of experience in the music business and consultancy from various areas of the arts world, Small Green Shoots invests its expertise in high quality UK based artists and organisations.


Music Ally

Music Ally is the leading digital music business information and strategy company. Music Ally, has been providing publications, consulting, research, events and training to the music and technology industries since 2001.

Music Ally’s executives come from a genuine music business background, from the sharp end of the major label recording and publishing worlds through to digital business strategy, licensing and retail.

Music Ally’s publishing division provides a daily news feed compiled each morning in the UK; and two fortnightly insight reports: the Music Ally Report which contains the latest business analysis and insider information and Sandbox, a new digital marketing report. It is led by journalists with a wealth of experience, contacts and understanding of all aspects of the changing music business.



MusicTank is one of University of Westminster’s sector-based Knowledge and Business Development Networks. Launched in 2003, MusicTank’s remit was to establish itself as a business development network for the UK music industry – an independent body set up to engage with industry, innovation and change across the music business.

As music business becomes more competitive and barriers to entry continue to lower through the democratising impact of technological development, there is a need for thorough, cutting edge professional expertise. The University’s commercial and intellectual neutrality is a critical factor in the creation and sustainability of a ‘knowledge network’ that encourages adoption of best practice, circulation of innovative ideas, new collaborations and evolution of creative ventures into professional success.


The Music Industries Association

The Music Industries Association is a UK trade association, the only one servicing and representing the interests of all UK businesses selling musical instruments and associated products. Manufacturers, importers, publishers, retailers and supporting businesses (i.e. music media) all come within our scope. They undertake activities to stimulate the market and make the industry’s views and needs known and appreciated in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels.


The British Copyright Council

The British Copyright Council is an umbrella organisation providing a forum for the discussion of copyright matters. It is a liaison committee and pressure group for change in copyright law at UK, European and International level.

The BCC represents those who create, hold interests in or manage rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and other material in which there are rights of copyright or related rights; and those who perform such works.

Members of the BCC include professional associations, industry bodies, trade unions and collecting societies representing hundreds of thousands of authors, creators, performers, publishers and producers. These right holders include many sole traders, freelancers and smaller businesses as well as larger corporations.

The BCC was founded in 1965 and incorporated in 2007 as a not for profit company limited by guarantee.



Blaca is the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) founded in Paris in 1878 under the Presidency of Victor Hugo. Since its foundation in 1981 it has provided a forum for discussion of matters affecting the rights of authors and other copyright owners. Its members are mostly practising or academic lawyers and others interested in upholding the principles of copyright.

It holds regular short seminars on current issues, normally on the second Thursday of alternate months (subject to speakers’ availability) at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner.


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The Department is responsible for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and to help drive the Digital Economy. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.


Creative & Cultural Skills

Creative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing, and Visual Arts. They work to bridge the gap between industry, education and the government, to give employers a real influence over education and skills in the UK.

Founded in May 2004, Creative & Cultural Skills was granted its licence to operate by the Sector Skills Development Agency on 1st June, 2005.


Creative Choices

Creative Choices is dedicated to helping you develop your career in the creative and cultural industries.They can provide information, advice and resources to help you build skills, find new opportunities, or get a better idea about a particular job or career path. Creative Choices is part of the remit of Creative and Cultural Skills.


Arts Council

The Arts Council’s role as a development agency is just as crucial as its role as a fundArts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.


British Council

The UK’s international cultural relations body. Partnering with organisations gives access to global audiences and markets, intercultural expertise and a trusted global brand. The British Council is an executive non-departmental public body, a public corporation (in accounting terms) and a charity. The Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales is our Vice-Patron. The British Council operates at arm’s length from the UK government and it does not carry out its functions on behalf of the Crown. However, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is answerable to parliament for the policies, operations and performance of the British Council whilst the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the British Council’s Sponsoring Department.


FM First Monday

FM is a monthly music industry social get together and blog.

We meet on the First Monday of every month (apart from January and August) – hence the name.

FM is a very relaxed get together with people from the industry, in a bar, all there to meet other people in the industry and possibly do business. And it’s totally free.

So much business is now done by email and online, we wanted to do things on a more personal level. There are also a number of new businesses of 1 or 2 people setting up who enjoy the chance to meet other people from the industry.

We started in March 2007. There have been ad hoc satellite events in Brighton, Liverpool, New York, Latvia and Amsterdam. As of 2012, there are over 1,200 people on the mailing list and generally the events attract between 40-70 people.


As well as the monthly get togethers, we also write a blog between events with our take on things that are happening in the industry and a more light hearted look at life in general as well as posting messages on behalf of people on the mailing list looking for jobs, band members and offering deals to other FM members.

You are not bombarded you with endless emails – apart from anything we don’t have the time! FM starts from 6.30pm and runs until people go home – not always early… You can arrive early then go off to a gig or come along after – you don’t need to RSVP – just turn up.

We take a break in January and August.


Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.

These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue. They provide a vital place for local communities to engage with arts locally.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England in the UK and also the wider music industry and brands globally, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.

These venues, all small, local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene in their country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.