Voluntary strike-off application submitted on or after 10 July 2020

Voluntary strike-off application submitted on or after 10 July 2020 to Companies House will be processed according to pre-COVID-19 outbreak timeline.

Your company will be dissolved after publication in the Gazette has expired. Usually, around 2 months’ time. With one more condition that is no objection received for your company being dissolved voluntarily.

Withdraw your voluntary strike-off application

Should you change your mind, you can withdraw your Voluntary strike-off application by submitting the form DS02. You can do this online or by post.

You can only withdraw your voluntary strike-off process provided your company is not yet dissolved by Companies House. If your company is already been dissolved then you must restore your company if you want it back to active.

Voluntary strike-off applications submitted from March 2020 to 9 July 2020 to restart on 10 September 2020

If your Voluntary strike-off application was submitted to Companies House between March 2020 to 9 July 2020, your application is currently on hold but will restart from 10 September 2020.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House further support UK businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your company’s filing deadline is automatically extended. This will help you to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time during this pandemic. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

On the same note, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Likewise, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

During this pandemic, you are encouraged to submit your documents online to Companies House. You can use the webfiling service to file the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Companies House restart the voluntary strike-off process

Companies House will restart the voluntary strike-off process from 10 September 2020. All the voluntary strike-off applications were suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak.

Normally, after you submit your DS01 voluntary strike-off application to Companies House, you will receive a letter confirming stating that your company will be struck off within 2 months if no objections are received.

If your company is still not yet been dissolved, either due to temporary suspension put in place by Companies House or someone has objected to your dissolution.

When Companies House restart the voluntary strike-off process from 10 September, your company will be removed from the register shortly if the following occur:

  • no objection received for your company.
  • 2 months publication at the Gazette has expired.

Object to a company being struck off the register

You must send in your objection to Companies House by email (enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk) or by post if you object to a company being struck off because the company still owed you money or in legal dispute.

You can only object to a company from being dissolved after it was published in the Gazette.

Companies House will let you if your objection is accepted or otherwise. You must send in further evidence by the deadline if Companies House requires it. If they did not receive further evidence by the deadline specified then the strike-off process will resume.

You must send in your objection as soon as it was published in the Gazette or at least 2 weeks before the notice expired.

Withdraw your DS01 Voluntary strike-off application

You can withdraw your voluntary strike off application if you change your mind. However, you can only do this if your company is not yet dissolved by Companies House.

You may withdraw your application online. Alternatively, you may complete the form DS02 and send it to Companies House.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK companies during COVID-19 pandemic. They automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This will help your company to avoid a late filing penalty if you are unable to deliver your company accounts on time. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

Concurrently, your confirmation statement filing deadline will also be extended. You would have 6 weeks to file your confirmation statement. Similarly, for the events driven filings, you will have 42 days (6 weeks) to notify Companies House instead of the usual 14 days filing deadline.

In addition, Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

You are encouraged to file your documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the online web filing service to file the following documents to Companies House.

To file online, you would require your company’s authentication code. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you require help with your company’s filings, contact Our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

Prefix in front of company number

Companies House uses standard prefix in front of company number for different categories of businesses registered with them.

No prefix for companies registered in England and Wales

A company registered in England and Wales will have a standard 8 digits numbers as your company registration number printed on your certificate of incorporation. There will be no prefix in front of your company number.

For example, Cute Gifts and Flowers Limited’s company number is 08407369.

SC as prefix for Scottish companies

Whereas for a company registered in Scotland, in other words, has a registered office situated in Scotland will have a Prefix of “SC” in front of your company numbers. For example, XYREX LIMITED’s company number is SC234456.

Prefixes for Overseas companies

There are three types of prefixes for overseas companies.

PrefixCompany type
FCFor all overseas companies registered on or after 1 October 2009 and for overseas companies registered in England and Wales before 1 October 2009.
SFfor overseas companies registered in Scotland before 1
October 2009
NFfor overseas companies registered in Northern Ireland before 1
October 2009

You must provide the correct prefix with your company number for your overseas company when completing the Companies House form – OS MG01 to register a charge with the Registrar of Companies.

List of Prefixes used by Companies House

Knowing your company number’s prefix will help you to be transferred to the right department when you are calling Companies House. This saves yours and the Companies House’s staff time.

PrefixCompany type
N/AEngland & Wales Company
ACAssurance Company for England & Wales
ENEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Northern
Ireland
ESEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for Scotland
FCOverseas Company
GEEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for England &
Wales
GNEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Northern
Ireland
GSEuropean Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) for Scotland
ICICVC (Investment Company with Variable Capital)
IPIndustrial & Provident Company
LPLimited Partnership for England & Wales
NAAssurance Company for Northern Ireland
NCLimited Liability Partnership for Northern Ireland
NFOverseas Company regd in Northern Ireland (pre 1/10/09)
NINorthern Ireland Company (post partition)
NLLimited Partnership for Northern Ireland
NONorthern Ireland Credit Union Industrial/Provident
Society
NPNorthern Ireland Industrial/Provident Company or Credit
Union
NRNorthern Ireland Royal Charter Companies
NVNorthern Ireland ICVC (Investment Company with
Variable Capital)
NZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Northern
Ireland
OCLimited Liability Partnership for England & Wales
RCRoyal Charter Companies (English/Wales)
R0Northern Ireland Company (pre partition)
SAAssurance Company for Scotland
SCScottish Company
SEEuropean Company (Societas Europaea) for England &
Wales
SFOverseas Company regd in Scotland (pre 1/10/09)
SIScottish ICVC (Investment Company with Variable
Capital)
SLLimited Partnership for Scotland
SOLimited Liability Partnership for Scotland
SPScottish Industrial/Provident Company
SRScottish Royal Charter Companies
SZUnregistered Companies (S 1043 Not Cos Act) for Scotland
ZCUnregistered Companies (S 1043 – Not Cos Act) for England
& Wales
Source: Department for
Business, Energy
& Industrial Strategy – Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI) Customer Guide

Companies House filings

Generally, organisations registered with Companies House in the United Kingdom must comply with the UK company law. This includes submitting the following documents to Companies House when they are due.

You must also require to notify Companies House when there is a change in your company details like new director appointment or change of registered office address etc.

If you have any questions about your company’s legal filings requirements, contact our accountants. They will be more than happy to assist you.

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