Hydropower

Hydropower or water power is a form of renewable energy and it is widely used to generate electricity. Often the water power infrastructure and reservoirs are also used to provide clean water for homes, industry and agricultural sectors. It is good to see Europan countries are investing in water power infrastructure and reservoirs building projects.

Below are the hydropower capacity and pumped storage projects across Europe, excluding Russia. This information is published by International hydropower association in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

CountryCapacity (MW)
Albania2,193
Andorra45
Armenia1,324
Austria14,545
Azerbaijan1,118
Belarus97
Belgium1,427
Bosnia and Herzegovina2,513
Bulgaria3,129
Croatia2,141
Czech Republic2,268
Denmark9
Estonia8
Faroe Islands39
Finland3,257
France25,557
Georgia
Germany11,022
Greece3,400
Greenland91
Hungary56
Iceland2,086
Ireland529
Italy22,593
Kosovo92
Latvia1,576
Liechtenstein35
Lithuania1,016
Luxembourg1,330
Macedonia674
Moldova76
Montenegro658
Netherlands38
Norway32,671
Poland2,385
Portugal7,193
Romania6,313
Serbia3,098
Slovakia2,522
Slovenia1,524
Spain20,414
Sweden16,478
Switzerland16,863
Turkey28,503
Ukraine6,229
United Kingdom (UK)4,712
source: International hydropower association

Companies House filings during Covid-19 pandemic

You may use the Companies House web filing service to submit your confirmation statement and company accounts. It is fast and easy. You would require your company’s authentication code for this.

Speak with our London accountants or contact Companies House if you have any questions about your company’s filings.

Travel to work in or out of the UK

Some people who travel to work in the UK from abroad during this pandemic may be entitled to travel exemptions. If you hold one of the following jobs then you may be exempt from completing the passenger locator form or self-isolating.

Jobs qualify for travel exemptions

The list of jobs that qualify for travel exemptions is as follows.

  • Diplomatic missions, international organisations and conferences
  • Representatives of a foreign country or territory or British overseas territories
  • Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors
  • Defence personnel, visiting forces and government contractors
  • Essential border security duties – UK officials and contractors
  • Essential border security duties – non-UK officials and contractors
  • Crown servants or government contractors
  • Regular work abroad
  • Regular work in the UK, living abroad
  • Bus and coach drivers
  • Drivers of goods vehicles
  • People transiting airside through the UK
  • Civil aviation inspectors
  • Eurotunnel workers
  • Eurostar International workers
  • Channel Tunnel system workers
  • Network Rail workers
  • Seamen and masters and inspectors and surveyors of ships
  • Aircraft pilots and crew
  • Seasonal agricultural workers
  • Water supplies and sewerage services workers
  • The Specialist technical workers – goods
  • Specialist technical workers – waste
  • Specialist technical workers – power infrastructure
  • Offshore oil and gas workers
  • Specialist technical workers – space infrastructure
  • Essential nuclear personnel
  • Nuclear emergency responder
  • OPCW, IAES and Euratom inspectors
  • Specialist aerospace engineers
  • Downstream oil facility workers
  • Postal workers
  • Medical treatment
  • Registered health or care professionals
  • Transporting human cells or blood
  • Human and veterinary medicines
  • Quality assurance inspectors for human and veterinary medicines
  • Clinical trials or studies
  • Data infrastructure maintenance
  • IT and telecoms workers
  • Work on electronic communications networks
  • International prison escorts
  • Environment Agency relating to flood and coastal erosion risk management
  • Film and television production
  • International elite sportspersons
  • Domestic elite sportspersons
  • Government contractors – the conduct of negotiations

Click here to read the guidance on jobs that qualify for travel exemptions.

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.

Keep secretaries information on Companies House register

You can elect to keep your secretaries’ information on Companies House Register. With this election, you do not have to maintain your own register of secretaries.

Complete the form EH03 to keep your company secretaries’ information on the public register

For this, you must complete and submit the Companies House form EH03.

You would require the following information to complete your EH03 form.

You must sign the form.

Where to send your EH03 form

You can submit your application to Companies House online or by post. It will take longer to process your paper application during this COVID-19 outbreak. It is best to use Companies House online service to send your form EH03.

Please send your completed EH03 form to the appropriate Companies House offices listed 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.

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.

On the same note, you are also encouraged to use the WebFiling service to submit the following documents to Companies House.

Correspondingly, 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.

UK Government announcement on 31 July 2020

The UK government made an announcement on 31 July 2020 (today) to tackle the local COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire and to respond accordingly to stop the spread of the virus.

Local outbreaks

  • Greater Manchester:
    • City of Manchester
    • Trafford
    • Stockport
    • Oldham
    • Bury
    • Wigan
    • Bolton
    • Tameside
    • Rochdale
    • Salford
  • Lancashire:
    • Blackburn with Darwen
    • Burnley
    • Hyndburn
    • Pendle
    • Rossendale
  • West Yorkshire:
    • Bradford
    • Calderdale
    • Kirklees

These areas must follow strict social contact guideline and some businesses must close. Read the guidance here.

The UK government announcement on 31 July 2020 also includes extending the list of places where people must wear face-covering list from 8 August 2020. At the same time, plans for clinically extremely vulnerable people, businesses involve close contact with customers and so on were also announced.

Great news. Luton and Leicester outbreaks were brought under control and some businesses in the areas are allowed to reopen from 3 August 2020.

Read the full announcement here

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses 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 company documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the web filing service to submit 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.

Places you have to wear a face-covering from 8 August 2020

The UK government announced today the list of places you have to wear a face-covering compulsorily from 8 August 2020 in England.

  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites.
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers – other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • place of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities e.g. laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites etc)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services.
  • auction houses

The above list of places where you have to wear a face-covering from 8 August 2020 are additions to the following list of places where you have to wear a face covering by law.

  • You must wear a face-covering when you are taking the public transport and in indoor transport hubs like the airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals. This law comes into effect from 15 June 2020.
  • You are also required to wear face-covering in shops and supermarkets. This law comes into force from 24 July 2020.
  • Other places you must wear face-covering include indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies, and post offices, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses.
  • NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. 

If you are going to buy a face-covering ensure that the face-covering you bought comply with the product safety regulations.

Read the Government guidance here.

Make your own face-covering

You can make your own face covering if you are unable to get surgical masks from the shops. The UK government has also published guidance on how to wear and make a face cloth covering.

You don’t need to buy a sewing machine to make your own cloth face covering. You can use your old T-shirt.

The guidance comes with step by step how to make your own face covering with pictures illustration. It is very simple to follow.

The benefit of using cloth face-covering is that it is washable and reusable, it would be more cost effective in the long run. Additionally, you are also saving the environment by reducing waste from surgical masks.

More businesses reopening in July 2020 with COVID-19 secure measures in place

More businesses to reopen in July 2020. Every business must implement and comply with the COVID-19 secure measures requirements.

Companies House filings during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies House also gear up to support UK businesses 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 company documents to Companies House digitally. You can use the web filing service to submit 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.

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