Brexit UK leaves EU 31 October 2019

Brexit UK leaves EU on 31 October 2019, the radio made the announcement repeatedly yesterday. I lost count the number of times during the 3 hours car journey.

At night, while waiting at the Accident and Emergency at the hospital to treat possible fractured finger, I saw the news on the TV broadcasting Brexit news. The news said if UK leaves EU with no deal, UK may face shortage of food.

Possible shortage of food

There is always a solution to a problem. UK have lots of land. People can opt to eat locally produced fresh vegetables and fruits. This may open the opportunity to encourage local farmers to grow more to cater for the demand of local fresh fruits and vegetables.

In the olden days, when international trade not yet to become popular, no import and export exist yet, what do people eat? People eat food produced locally. They taste nice and delicious. We can do the same here.

It may be inconvenient not to be able to continue to buy imported fruits and vegetables from the EU. However, we have the option to import fresh fruits and vegetables from the rest of the world if we wish.

May be you would like to grow your own vegetables at home. In your back garden if you have a bit of land. You can get vegetables seeds easily from supermarket and garden centre nowaday.

Seek, you shall find it.

If You think Brexit UK leaves EU on 31 October 2019 caused lots of troubles. If you think the change as a result of Brexit is trouble is coming, then all you will see and find is just trouble after trouble. With resentment, you would tend to get frustrated quickly.

Change your perspective, view Brexit is an opportunity to restructure your company, reorganize your business, to streamline your business operations. If you seek opportunity, you will find it. When you have a positive mindset, you tend to get things done more quickly and efficiently. Most importantly, you feel peace.

UK government has put in place many guidances to help people to adapt the Brexit. For example, Companies House has issued guidance to help people to manage the administration of UK companies that operate in the EU, EU companies that operate in the UK. All is well and good luck.

Become a British citizen

UK company director and company secretary must notify Companies House if you have changed your nationality recently. For example, you are applying to become a British Citizen and your application has been successful. In other words, the UK Home Office has issued you a British passport. In this case, you must notify Companies House of your new nationality.

You may use this list of nationalities to check if you specify your nationality correctly in your Companies House form and your confirmation statement.

Notify Companies House

If you are a company director with Companies House, use the form CH01 to notify Companies House that you have become a British citizen.

Whereas, if you are a company secretary, you must use the form CH03 to update your nationality with Companies House.

Generally, you notify Companies House using the online web filing service or send in your completed CH01 form by post.

If you are going to do it online. you would require your company authentication code. Without the code, you would not be able to file online.

However, you could send in your completed CH01 or CH03 form to one of Companies House offices by post. To expedite the processing of your application, it is best to send your form the appropriate address below:

For companies registered in England and Wales:

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

For companies registered in 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).

For companies registered in 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.

Section 243 exemption

If you are applying for, or have been granted protection of your home address under section 243 exemption, please post this form to the different postal address below:

The Registrar of Companies, PO Box 4082, Cardiff, CF14 3WE.

The update of your company director’s and secretary’s personal particulars with Companies House would not affect your company accounts disclosure.

Companies House London office

Companies House London office is moving to a new location in Westminster. The new London office will offer the same registration service and search services to businesses and their customers.

The moving date is 7 October 2019.

Delivery of companies documents

If you usually hand-deliver your company accounts, confirmation statements or other companies house forms to Companies House London office, take note of the moving date and new address.

Likewise, if you frequency pick up your company documents in person or via a courier service from the London office. Knowing the moving date would save you from turning up at the old address if they have already moved.

Reminders

For this reason, you may like to put a alert reminder that Companies House London office moving date is 7 October 2019. By doing this, you could save yourself the hassle of accidentally send your courier guy to a wrong address. Hence, this would save your time and avoid additional cost for the same pick up.

Current London office

Companies House
4 Abbey Orchard Street
Westminster
London
SW1P 2HT

New office location from 7 October 2019

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

Contact Telephone number

Companies House London office contact telephone number is still the same, that is 0303 1234 500. The contact centre lines are open between 8.30am to 6pm from Monday to Friday.

Companies House strike off your company

Companies House has the power to strike off your limited company. This happens if they have reasonable cause to believe that your limited company is not carrying on business or in operation. Usually, this happens when your company’s Confirmation Statement and accounts are overdue.

First letter from Companies House

Companies House will send a letter to your registered office address to remind you of your overdue filings. If they receive no answer from your company director within 14 days of the letter sent, they would send second letter.

Second letter from Companies House

They will send a second letter to your company’s registered office stating that no answer has been received from you following their the first letter.

And, If they receive no answer within 14 days of the second letter, a notice will be published in the Gazette. The notice will state the intention to strike off your company from the Companies House register.

Companies House publish in the Gazette to strike off your company

At the expiry of the 14 days after the second letter, Companies House would publish their proposal to strike off your limited company in the Gazette. Concurrently, they will send a notice to your company’s registered office informing you that your limited company will be dissolved within two months of the notice.

If your limited company has a liability, i.e owed money to banks or organisations. In this case, every director and officer of your company continues to be liable. The liability may be enforced as if your company had not been dissolved after the dissolution.

How to avoid your company being struck off?

It is important that you have access to the mails send to your company’s registered office address. If you no longer have access to mails sent there. Notify Companies House with your new UK address.

For example, if you changed your company registered office recently, you must inform Companies House of the change. Normally, your service provider would submit the change with Companies House for you. However, sometime they may forget. If you do not know how to do this, contact our accountants, they would be able to help you.

Mortgage charges forms

Mortgage charges forms to register the security given for your loan or borrowings. This is compulsory for a limited company incorporated in England and Wales.

How to register a charge or a mortgage

Firstly, you must download the latest version of the relevant Companies House form to register your mortgage or a charge. You may find the form reference in the table along with the purpose of the form.

Go to GOV.UK website to download the latest form. Alternatively, you may type the form reference on google. For example, MR01. choose the link with the MR01 in PDF format.

Companies House would reject incorrect or incomplete forms. Click here for the common errors made by applicants when writing their company names on the Companies House forms.

Concurrently, your company must register the security give on loan using within 21 days.

There is a different set of Companies House forms to register a mortgage or a charge for companies with registered office in Scotland. Click here.

Forms for company registered in England and Wales

Form referencePurpose of filing
MR01Register particulars of a charge.
MR02Particulars of a charge subject to which property of undertaking has been acquired.
MR03Particulars for the registration of a charge to secure a series of debentures
MR04Register a statement of satisfaction in full or part of a charge
MR04 continuation pageRegister a statement of satisfaction in full or part of charge continuation page to provide a description of instrument and short particulars of the property or undertaking charged.
MR05Statement that part or the whole of the property charged (a) has been released from the charge (b) no longer forms part of the company’s property
MR05 continuation pageStatement that part or the whole of the property charged (a) has been released from the charge (b) no longer forms part of the company’s property continuation page to provide
a description of instrument and short particulars of the property or undertaking charged and description of assets or property.
MR06Statement of company acting as a trustee
MR07particulars of alteration of charge (particulars of a negative pledge)
MR07 continuation page 1particulars of alteration of charge (particulars of a negative pledge) continuation page to provide description of instrument.
MR07 continuation page 2Register particulars of alteration of a charge (MR07 continuation page 2)
MR08particulars of a charge where there is no instrument
MR09particulars of a charge subject to which property or undertaking has been acquired where there is no instrument
MR10Particulars for the registration of a charge to secure a series of debentures where there is no instrument
RM01notice of appointment of an administrative receiver, receiver or manager
RM02notice of ceasing to act as an administrative receiver, receiver or manager

Other Companies House compulsory filings

you must also deliver the following documents to Companies House every year:

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