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.

Email reminders from Companies House

You can sign up for the email reminders with Companies House for your limited company or limited liability partnership (LLP). The email reminders service is to tell you when to submit your company accounts or confirmation statement.

Email reminders proved to be more effective than paper reminders from Companies House.

Paper reminders only work when you can have access to your mails sent to your registered office and you open it on time and act promptly.

We have helped many businesses to restore their companies. They were struck off the register because of non-filing of either their company accounts or confirmation statement.

The common reason was that they did not receive reminders letters from Companies House. Because they forgot to notify Companies House of their new registered office address after they moved to a new office. Understandably, moving office can be stressful and lots to sort out but this event is not an acceptable excuse to miss your company’s filings.

Many of us have at least one email account that we checked regularly. It is very easy to sign up for the email reminders with Companies House.

Sign up for email reminders

Go to Companies House website to sign up and the service is free.

  1. Sign in to the Companies House online filing service. For new user, you must register for the service first.
  2. Select ‘Activate e reminders’ from your company overview screen.
  3. Click ‘Add an email address’.
  4. Enter your email address (a maximum of 4 for each company).
  5. Click the link in the email from Companies House to validate your email address.
  6. Agree to the Terms of operation.

Thereafter, Companies House will send you an email to confirm when you’ve successfully joined the reminder service.

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 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.

You are encouraged to submit 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.

Access to Companies House offices during COVID-19 pandemic

Access to Companies House offices during COVID-19 pandemic to deliver papers documents is restricted. Opening hours for all offices vary. Before sending your paper documents, check your company name and number are correct and avoid the common mistakes.

For this reason, Companies House encourages companies to send their documents online and to contact them by email.

Companies House helpline

Companies House contact centre is closed during this pandemic to protect the welfare of their staff.

If you have any questions about your company’s filings, you may email Companies House during this time.

Companies House London office – CLOSED

Companies House
Ground Floor
80 Petty France
Westminster
London
SW1H 9EX

Companies House London office is closed to the public until further notice. You would not be able to deliver your paper documents to this office not even through the letterbox because there is none there.

It is best to send your documents to Companies House Cardiff office.

Companies House Cardiff office – 24 hours

Companies House
Crown Way
Cardiff
CF14 3UZ

DX 33050

The Cardiff office is open 24 hours for receipt of documents.

Companies House Belfast office – Weekday 10 am – 4 pm

Companies House
Second Floor
The Linenhall
32-38 Linenhall Street
Belfast
Northern Ireland BT2 8BG

DX 481 N.R. Belfast 1

Public access to Companies House Belfast is restricted. However, you can deliver your paper documents to the reception desk on the ground floor of The Linenhall from Monday to Friday between 10 am to 4 pm. Your documents must be in a sealed envelope.

Companies House Edinburgh office

Companies House
4th Floor Edinburgh Quay 2
139 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh EH3 9FF

DX ED235 Edinburgh 1

Access to this office by the Public is restricted. However, you can still deliver your paper documents to the Companies House Edinburgh external letterbox next to the office building.

We are still accepting deliveries from Royal Mail (except Wednesdays) and DX post.

With access to Companies House offices during COVID-19 outbreak restricted, Companies House is committed to maintaining their great service to their customers.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Even though access to Companies House offices is restricted during COVID-19 pandemic but the service level is maintained. You can file the following documents online using the Companies House webfiling service.

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.

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

On top of that, Companies House announced they will automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. This would help businesses that were severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak to avoid a late filing penalty. 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.

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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