Report price gouging business

The Competition and Market Authority (CMA) encourages the public to report price gouging business during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You can do this online. The CMA has received many complaints about huge price increases for essential products needed during this pandemic.

such as hand sanitizer, paracetamol, flour, meat, toilet roll, rice and eggs.

The price gouging businesses are taking advantage of consumers during this pandemic. This is poor business behaviour and should stop. If you encounter any such poor business behaviour, please report them to the CMA using the link below.

Examples of Poor business behaviors to report

  • Unfair prices for products or services I’m buying for me and/or other people
  • Unfair prices for business-to-business sales
  • A business making misleading claims about products or services
  • Problems with the cancellation, refund or exchange of products or services
  • and any other unfair behaviour you encountered

The most commonly reported price hiked products are listed below. To report, you must provide a description of the product, the current raised price and the original price before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Food products

  • Long life milk
  • Pasta
  • Meat
  • Halal meat
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Fruit or vegetables
  • Baby formula
  • Other food product
  • Hygiene & personal care products

Hand sanitizer

  • Toilet roll
  • Other hygiene product

Medical products

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antiseptic
  • Other medical product
  • Other product

Similarly, If the product or service you would like to report not listed above, you can provide a description of the product, the current raised price and the original price before the pandemic.

You must indicate in the online form where did the poor business behavior happen? whether online or in store etc.

Do take note of the business name and address where you encounter this poor business behaviour and also the date of the event. Even better if you could provide evidence such as a screenshot, a photograph or a receipt.

You must declare if you are happy to be contacted for more information. Then you click SUBMIT the complaint form.

Companies House filings

During this COVID-19 outbreak, Companies House encourages its customers to submit documents online.  You can submit the following documents online.

All you need is your company’s authentication code issued by Companies House. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

Companies House announced temporary changes to filing requirements on 1 July 2020. You will get an automatic extension of your company account and confirmation statement filing deadline. You can check your document’s filing due date from the Companies House website.

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which must be delivered on a paper form with a live signature.

If you require help with your UK company’s filings, contact us. Our accountants can help you.

Automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline

Companies House announced an automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline on 1 July 2020. This is a temporary change to support companies during the COVID-19 outbreak and give businesses more time to comply.

You do not have to do anything. Companies House will automatically extend your filing deadline. You can check your new filing deadline on the Companies House website. This is a brilliant news.

Prior to this, you must apply to extend your company accounts filing deadline online. This no longer the case.

The automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline includes the following filings:

Full guidance available here.

Company accounts filing deadline extension

From 27 June 2020, If your company’s filing deadline falls between 27 June 2020 to 5 April 2021, you will get an automatic extension of your filing deadline. Check your new filing deadline from Companies House website.

Automatic extension of Confirmation statement filing deadline

Your confirmation statement filing deadline will be extended to 42 days instead of the current 14 days. More time to prepare and submit your confirmation statement with Companies House. You can file this document online.

  • Limited companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)
  • Scottish limited partnerships (SLPs)
  • Scottish qualifying partnerships (SQPs)
  • European Company, Societas Europaea (SEs)

Travellers from some countries to England are exempt from the 2 weeks quarantine

Travellers from some countries to England are exempt from the 2 weeks quarantine from tomorrow, 4 July 2020, the UK government announced today. If you do not find your country where you are travelling in the list below, this means you must self-quarantine for 2 weeks when arriving England.

This news will encourage people to travel to England and will slowly bring back the UK tourism industry to live if the COVID-19 is under control.

At the moment, the 2 weeks quarantine rule prevent people to travel everywhere.

Exempt countries and territories from 4 July 2020

These exempt countries are considered no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. If you are travelling to England from one of the following countries, you do not have to self-quarantine for 2 weeks.

Europe

  1. Austria
  2. Andorra
  3. Belgium
  4. Croatia
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France (overseas territories of France are listed separately, where included in the exemption)
  11. Germany
  12. Gibraltar
  13. Greece
  14. Hungary
  15. Iceland
  16. Ireland
  17. Italy
  18. Latvia
  19. Liechtenstein
  20. Lithuania
  21. Luxembourg
  22. Malta
  23. Monaco
  24. The Netherlands (not including the constituent countries and special municipalities located in the Dutch Caribbean)
  25. Norway
  26. Poland
  27. Portugal (only The Azores and Madeira)
  28. San Marino
  29. Serbia
  30. Slovakia
  31. Slovenia
  32. Spain
  33. Switzerland
  34. Turkey

Americas

  1. Antigua & Barbuda
  2. Bahamas
  3. Barbados
  4. Bermuda
  5. Canada
  6. Cayman Islands
  7. Dominica
  8. Grenada
  9. Jamaica
  10. Martinique
  11. South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  12. St Kitts and Nevis
  13. St Lucia
  14. St Pierre and Miquelon
  15. St Vincent and The Grenadines
  16. Trinidad and Tobago
  17. Turks and Caicos Islands

Asia-Pacific

  1. Australia
  2. Brunei
  3. French Polynesia
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Japan
  6. Macao
  7. Malaysia
  8. New Zealand
  9. Taiwan
  10. Thailand
  11. Singapore
  12. South Korea
  13. Vietnam
  14. Wallis and Futuna

Africa

  1. Reunion

Antarctica

  1. British Antarctic Territory

Source: GOV.UK (Last updated: 3 July 2020)

The guidance about travellers from some countries to England are exempt from the 2 weeks quarantine was published today, 3 July 2020.

Companies House filings

During this COVID-19 outbreak, Companies House encourages its customers to submit documents online.  You can submit the following documents online.

All you need is your company’s authentication code issued by Companies House. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

Companies House announced temporary changes to filing requirements on 1 July 2020. You will get an automatic extension of your company account and confirmation statement filing deadline. You can check your document’s filing due date from the Companies House website.

Companies House has also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which must be delivered on a paper form with a live signature.

If you require help with your UK company’s filings, contact us. Our accountants can help you.

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