Contact Companies House

Contact Companies House if you have any questions about UK company incorporation procedure and legal filings requirements. They are the governing body for businesses trading as limited companies and partnerships in the United Kingdom. Broadly, they administer and maintain public records of private and public limited companies. In addition, they also administer statutory filing of limited liabilities partnerships. In other words, they make sure companies and partnerships submit their Confirmation Statement, annual accounts and other compulsory legal documents with them on time for public record.

Generally, your company and limited liability partnership must submit the following documents to the Registrar of Companies and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) every year. There is no exception to a dormant company and a non-trading company. Both types of these companies must submit accounts and also file their Confirmation statement.

In addition, all your companies and partnerships’legal documents must also comply with the Companies Act 2006.

If you are not familiar with the UK company law (the Companies Act 2006), it is best to use a firm of accountants to take care of your UK company’s filings for you. This would allow you to focus on your business rather than stress about how to do this or that to maintain your UK company. Another thing is your accountant can also help you to avoid the late filing penalty and fines from Companies House. Usually, they would send you reminders when your UK company’s filings become due.

Companies House’s contact details are as follows:

Contact centre: 03031234500
Mini-com: 02920381245
Email: enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk
www.companieshouse.gov.uk

If you would like to send your SIGNED UK company accounts by post, please send it to one of the following Companies House offices. For example, if your company has a registered office in England or Wales, you can send your Signed company accounts to either Companies House Cardiff office or Companies House London office.

Companies House Cardiff

Crown way
Cardiff
CF14 3UZ

Companies House Edinburgh

Fourth Floor
Edinburgh Quay 2
139 Fountainbridge
Edinburgh
EH3 9FF

Companies House London

4 Abbey Orchard Street
Westminster London
SW1P 2HT

Companies House Northern Ireland

Second floor
The Linenhall
32-38 Linenhall street
Belfast
BT2 8BG

Feel free to contact Companies House or our London Accountants, if you have any questions about the UK company’s statutory filings. We will be more than happy to help you.

You have a great day.

Audit exemption statement

Generally, limited company that is classified as small company according to Companies Act 2006 is eligible to claim this audit exemption. In other words, you are allowed to deliver unaudited company accounts to Companies House. Correspondingly, the disclosure would include the audit exemption statement in the balance sheet page.

The audit exemption statement shall be at just above your director’s signatory.

The standard audit exemption statement wording sound like this.

  1. For the year ending (your company’s year end date), the company was entitled to exemption from audit under section 477 of the Companies Act 2006 relating to small companies.
  2. The members have not required the company to obtain an audit of its accounts for the year in question in accordance with section 476.
  3. The directors acknowledge their responsibilities for complying with the requirements of the Act with respect to accounting records and the preparation of accounts.
  4. These accounts have been prepared in accordance with the provisions applicable to companies subject to the small companies’ regime.

The benefit of claiming audit exemption is that you put less information in your company accounts for public register. Why put less information in your company account is good? less information for your competitors.

However, you must not deliver unaudited company account if your shareholders requested an audit on your company accounts. That why in the second paragraph of the audit exemption statement state the member has not requested an audit. Your director’s signatory on the balance sheet page with that statement on it would confirm that is the case legally.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your limited company accounts. Our accountants would be more than happy to help you.

Auditor statement of circumstances

When your external auditor ceased to hold office, they are required to deposit a statement of circumstances at your company’s registered office. They must set out any issues relating to the cessation of office that should be brought to the attention of your shareholders or creditors of your company. If there is no issues then state that no circumstances exist.

In the case of resignation, your auditor’s statement should accompany with the notice of resignation. In the event where your auditor is not seeking reappointment, their statement should be deposited at least 14 days before your general meeting where your company account are laid. If a resolution has been passed to remove the requirement for laying accounts at general meeting then auditor must send their notice within 14 days of your accounts being circulated to your shareholders. In all other cases, your auditor must provide their statement of circumstances within 14 days if ceasing to hold office.

Thereafter, your company must send a copy of the statement to everyone entitled to receive a copy of your company accounts within 14 days.

Court order

If your company considers the statement of circumstances to be defamatory, you may apply to the court to have the statement not to be circulated.

Subsequently, you must inform your auditor within 21 days if a court order is sought. If this time elapses and no order is sought, your company’s auditor has a further seven days to send a copy of the statement to Companies House.

If your court application is successfully made, your company must inform everyone entitled to receive a copy of your company accounts within 14 days of the court’s decision. On the other hand, if the court order fails, your auditor’s statement must be circulated within the same time frame. Concurrently, you must also inform your auditor of the court’s decision. Your auditor then has a further seven days to deliver a copy of the statement to Companies House.

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