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Introduction to the Company Register

If your business is one where there are separate departments or subsidiary companies that keep separate accounts, these can be set up as separate accounting entities in FirstOffice using the Company register in the System module. Each department or subsidiary is termed a 'Company'. If you set up more than one Company in FirstOffice, each will be completely separate: there will be no common information, although you can copy from one to another using the export and import functions. Separate account balances will be maintained, and each Company within a database can be backed up separately or together. You can have up to four Companies in a FirstOffice database.

Note that you should only use this feature to differentiate between different departments if you intend to account for each of them separately. If you keep a single set of accounts covering your whole organisation, you only need have a single Company in your database.

On launching FirstOffice for the first time, your first task will normally be to create a Company. Please refer to the Creating a New Company page for full details.

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You must ensure you have at least one Company as your first task in using FirstOffice.


The number of Companies that you can create is restricted by the Configuration setting (in the System module). In a new database, this number will always be one. If you need more than one Company, it is advisable to enter as many Companies as you need straight away, so that you only need apply for an Enabler Key once. The Enabler Key is dependent upon the number of Companies entered, so you will need to apply for a new