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Companies House To Resume The Compulsory Strike Off Process

Are you behind with your statutory filings?

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Posted by Roger Eddowes on 01/09/2020 @ 8:00AM

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Companies House suspended both the voluntary and compulsory strike-off process earlier in the year. These will resume soon ...

If you haven't done your statutory filings yet, Companies House will restart the strike-off processes soon!

If you haven't done your statutory filings yet, Companies House will restart the strike-off processes soon!

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The voluntary strike-off process will resume on the 10th of September, and the compulsory strike-off process resumes on the 10th of October. Companies House will start to remove a company from the register if it believes it is no longer carrying on business.

Criteria for strike-off include:

  • outstanding company documents and no response to letters

  • letters that Companies House sent being returned undelivered

  • the company has no directors

Any company that doesn't file its annual accounts will usually receive two letters before a notice is published in the Gazette informing the public that Companies House intends to strike-off the company.

"If there are no objections during the two months following the notice, then the company will be struck-off!"

Lockdown closed a lot of businesses and, although directors were allowed to do statutory filings, many got forgotten due to furloughing. I strongly recommend that now is the time to check you're up to date with your statutory filings and get them submitted to Companies House as soon as you can.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.