Close your overseas company’s branch in the UK

An overseas company with a branch (a UK establishment) in the UK must register with Companies House. Correspondingly, in the event, you close your overseas company’s branch in the UK, you must also notify Companies House. For this purpose, you must use the Companies House form OS DS01.

Information required to complete OS DS01 to close your overseas company’s branch in the UK

You would require the following information of your overseas company to complete the form OS DS01.

Your overseas company number. your overseas company number shall start with a prefix “FC” followed by six digits.

Your overseas company full name or alternative name currently registered with Companies House.

Thereafter, you must provide which of your overseas company’s branch is to be closed if you have more than one branches in the UK. You must provide the branch number issued by Companies House and also your branch name registered with Companies House.

Your branch number shall start with a prefix “BR” followed by six digits.

Followed by specifying the date of closure. You must then sign the form OS DS01. The person signing the form OS DS01 must hold the position of either as the overseas company director, secretary or a permanent representative.

Where to send your OC DS01 form

You may send your completed OS DS01 form to one of the following Companies House offices.

England and Wales:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Crown Way, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 3UZ.
DX 33050 Cardiff.

Scotland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Fourth floor, Edinburgh Quay 2,
139 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH3 9FF.
DX ED235 Edinburgh 1
or LP – 4 Edinburgh 2 (Legal Post).

Northern Ireland:

The Registrar of Companies, Companies House,
Second Floor, The Linenhall, 32-38 Linenhall Street,
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT2 8BG.
DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature. You can easily upload your documents to Companies House online platform.

You are also encouraged to use the WebFiling service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

For this purpose, you would require your company’s authentication code to file online. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Hence, you must keep it safe.

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

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