Withdraw your application to strike off your company

Normally, Companies House would publish a dissolution notice of your company on the Gazette for two months before struck it off the register. You can withdraw your application to strike off your company by delivering the company form DS02 to Companies House.

However, you can only withdraw your application if your company is still on the register. In other words, Companies House has not yet officially put a dissolved status on your company’s public record.

Compulsory withdrawal of your application

There are circumstances where your company must withdraw your application to strike off your company. One example would be that your company is still trading or has started trading.

Another example would be if your company have become insolvent. The company law does not allow people to use the company dissolution to avoid company paying debts.

Two ways to withdraw your application to strike off

The fastest way to withdraw your application to strike off your company is to submit the Companies House form DS02 online. For this, you would require your company’s authentication code to access the web filing service.

Another way to withdraw your company dissolution application is to download the form DS02 from Companies House website. You must print this form on A4 size white paper and complete the form in capital letters.

Then, send the completed DS02 form to Companies House.

If you have any questions about withdrawing your application to strike off your company, you may contact Companies House or speak with our London accountants.

The Gazette UK official newspaper

The Gazette is the UK official newspaper. The Gazette publishes legal notices of companies listed for striking off, restoration and also in an insolvency proceeding.

Three Gazettes

There are three Gazettes in the United Kingdom:

  • The London Gazette – for companies incorporated in England and Wales
  • The Edinburgh Gazette – for companies incorporated in Scotland
  • The Belfast Gazette – for companies incorporated in Northern Ireland

Companies House publishes legal notices in the Gazette

When you apply to strike off your company voluntarily with Companies House in the United Kingdom, Companies House will publish a notice in the Gazette.

Similar procedure when Companies House propose to strike off your company for failing to deliver your confirmation statement and/or your company accounts.

The purpose of the publication is for the public to see what is going on with your company, and invite any objections to come forward before your company is being dissolved.

Which Gazette Companies house will publish your notice will depend on your company’s registered office address. For instance, if your company was incorporated in England then your company dissolution notice will be published in the London Gazette for a few months before being dissolved.

You can also see notices of companies being restored and companies gone under receivership and administration in the Gazette.

The UK Official public record

The Gazette Uk official newspaper is the official public record in the United Kingdom. The newspaper is being updated every week. You may read more about the Gazette here.

Disqualified company directors register

Companies House maintain a disqualified company directors register. Anyone can search the register.

You may use the disqualified company directors register to check on the length of disqualification order imposed on the person. If you know the person has been disqualified as company director previously and yet you cannot find his/her name listed there. It is likely that his/her disqualification order has expired. Companies House automatically removes the individuals’ details once the disqualification order expired. And, Companies House updates the database weekly. Contact Companies House if you have any questions.

The register publishes the following information about a company director.

  1. The director name with the surname in capital letters.
  2. Address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Nationality
  5. last known registered address
  6. The length of disqualification imposed as a company director including the start and the end dates.
  7. If the director has more than one disqualification, it will show here too.
  8. The reasons he/she was disqualified from being a company director. For example, Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (Section 6): Duty of court to disqualify unfit directors of insolvent companies.
  9. The company names associated with his/her disqualification.
  10. Lastly, you will also see if the disqualified director has permission from the court to act as a company director.

The Insolvency Service

The Insolvency Service department publishes director disqualification outcomes online. The conduct of the director which lead to his/her disqualification is published here. This information is available for public inspection 3 months from the date of publication thereafter it will be removed.

The Authority updates the database weekly.

Non-director bankruptcy

For individual who was not a company director but declared bankrupt, please search the Individual Insolvency Register. For cases within the last 3 months, search the Bankruptcy and debt relief restrictions outcomes.

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