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.

Travel corridor exemptions countries list

In response to COVID-19 outbreak, from 10 July 2020, if you are arriving in England from a country listed in the Travel corridor exemptions countries list, you do not require to self-quarantine for 14 days. This rule applies to arrival in England by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route.

You are also exempt from the self-quarantine requirements if you are travelling from the Common Travel Area (CTA). Countries listed in the CTA are:

  • The UK
  • Republic of Ireland
  • The Channel Islands
  • The Isle of Man

The government is keeping this Travel corridor exemptions countries list under review. If the infection rate in any one of the countries listed below become unacceptably high, 2 weeks self-quarantine requirement will be reintroduced for that country.

Spain is removed from the travel corridor from 26 July 2020.

Do not travel if you have Coronavirus symptoms such as high temperature, new and continuous cough or loss sense of smell or taste.

Countries included in the Travel Corridor Exemptions

Country start with the letter A

  1. Akrotiri and Dhekelia
  2. Andorra
  3. Anguilla
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Aruba
  6. Australia
  7. Austria

Country start with the letter B

  1. Bahamas
  2. Barbados
  3. Belgium
  4. Bermuda
  5. Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
  6. British Antarctic Territory
  7. British Indian Ocean Territory
  8. The British Virgin Islands

Country start with the letter C

  1. Cayman Islands
  2. The Channel Islands
  3. Croatia
  4. Curaçao
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czech Republic

Country start with the letter D

  1. Denmark
  2. Dominica

Country start with the letter E

  1. Estonia (added 28 July – if you arrived in England from Estonia before 28 July, you will need to self–isolate)

Country start with the letter F

  1. Falkland Islands
  2. Faroe Islands
  3. Fiji
  4. Finland
  5. France
  6. French Polynesia

Country start with the letter G

  1. Gibraltar
  2. Germany
  3. Greece
  4. Greenland
  5. Grenada
  6. Guadeloupe

Country start with the letter H

  1. Hong Kong
  2. Hungary

Country start with the letter I

  1. Iceland
  2. Ireland
  3. The Isle of Man
  4. Italy

Country start with the letter J

  1. Jamaica
  2. Japan

Country start with the letter L

  1. Latvia (added 28 July – if you arrived in England from Latvia before 28 July, you will need to self–isolate)
  2. Liechtenstein
  3. Lithuania
  4. Luxembourg

Country start with the letter M

  1. Macao (Macau)
  2. Malta
  3. Mauritius
  4. Monaco
  5. Montserrat

Country start with the letter N

  1. the Netherlands
  2. New Caledonia
  3. New Zealand
  4. Norway

Country start with the letter P

  1. Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
  2. Poland

Country start with the letter R

  1. Reunion

Country start with the letter S

  1. San Marino
  2. Serbia (removed from 10 July 2020)
  3. Seychelles
  4. South Korea
  5. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  6. St Barthélemy
  7. St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  8. St Kitts and Nevis
  9. Switzerland
  10. St Lucia
  11. St Pierre and Miquelon
  12. Slovakia (added 28 July – if you arrived in England from Slovakia before 28 July, you will need to self–isolate)
  13. Slovenia (added 28 July – if you arrived in England from Slovenia before 28 July, you will need to self–isolate)

Country start with the letter T

  1. Taiwan
  2. Trinidad and Tobago
  3. Turkey
  4. Turks and Caicos Islands

Country start with the letter V

  1. Vatican City State
  2. Vietnam

Read the latest guidance here for travel transit stops.

Companies House filings in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Companies House grants an automatic extension for the following filings in response to COVID-19 outbreak (on 27 June 2020).

  • Company accounts filing deadline automatic extension for private (LTD) and public companies (PLCs), limited liability partnerships (LLPs), Overseas Companies and Societas Europaea (SEs).
  • 6 weeks to submit your confirmation statement.
  • Events driven filings deadlines also extend to 42 days, also 6 weeks. For example, you have moved your registered office to a new address. You also have up to 6 weeks to notify Companies House.
  • Mortgage charges registration has a further 10 days, a total of 31 days to submit the document with Companies House.

Manage situations before they become crisis

Today, Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency made a speech on manage situations before they become crisis. In his speech, he shared how the environmental agency handles situations and he hopes we will find lessons he learnt useful in our own world.

Top tips for managing situations

As I said, much of what I have learnt about incident management during my career has come as much from making mistakes as it has from getting it right. So I offer the following

Sir James Bevan
  • Lead
  • Move fast
  • Get on the ground
  • Have a strategy
  • Win the air war
  • Manage upwards
  • Stay well
  • Be ready beforehand
  • Learn the lessons afterwards

Sir James Bevan shared how he, as the leader of the Environmental Agency handles the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak together with working with professional partners in the 38 Local Resilience Forums across England.

I like his principle on dealing with humans. – Be kind.

You may read the full speech here.

Manage situations before they become a crisis is vital during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak especially businesses start to reopen gradually. It is vital to minimise the risks of spreading the virus between humans.

For examples, we must maintain social distancing, encourage to use a contactless approach where possible.

We live and we learn and we can learn from each other to be better.

Companies House encourages a contactless approach

Companies House handles 4.3 million companies records. During this COVID-19 outbreak, they encourage their customers to submit documents online.

You can submit the following documents 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.

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

If you are unable to submit your company accounts due to this COVID-19 outbreak, not to worry. Recently, Companies House announced they will automatically extend your company’s filing deadline. You do not need to do anything. You just need to go to Companies House website to check your new filing deadline.

If you require help with your company’s filings, Our accountants can help you.

Automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline

Companies House announced an automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline on 1 July 2020. This is a temporary change to support companies during the COVID-19 outbreak and give businesses more time to comply.

You do not have to do anything. Companies House will automatically extend your filing deadline. You can check your new filing deadline on the Companies House website. This is a brilliant news.

Prior to this, you must apply to extend your company accounts filing deadline online. This is no longer the case.

The automatic extension of Companies House documents filing deadline includes the following filings:

Company accounts filing deadline extension

Companies House will extend your company account’s filing deadline for an additional 3 months automatically. You do not have to do anything. For further information, click here.

Automatic extension of Confirmation statement filing deadline By Companies House

Companies House will allow Companies and partnerships more time to submit their Confirmation statement . You have 6 weeks to submit your confirmation statement instead of the current 14 days deadline.

Event-driven filings deadlines with Companies House

Event-driven filings deadlines are increased to 42 days as well. For example, change of registered office address. Usually, you would have to notify Companies House within 14 days, now you have 42 days to notify Companies House during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Mortgage charges registration with Companies House

You have a further 10 days to submit your mortgage charges forms and relevant documents with Companies House. In short, you have 31 days to do it.

Full guidance available here.

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