Companies House changes now in force

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As part of an ongoing intention to improve the quality and reliability of Companies House information, various changes came into force on 4 March 2024. These relate to company incorporations and in the information held by Companies House.

The information Companies House has about a limited company should be validated annually, this being the responsibility of company directors. This is achieved via submission of the ‘Confirmation Statement’ – previously known as the Annual Return.

Responsibilities of directors
As part of the Confirmation Statement updated procedures, directors should note that there are two new points they should check yearly. They are:

– provide a registered email address of the company
– and that the company’s purpose and activities are lawful.

Therefore, the full list of points directors should confirm is:

– the details of their registered office, directors, secretary and the address where you keep your records
– the statement of capital and shareholder information if your company has shares
– the SIC code (the number that identifies what your company does)
– the register of ‘people with significant control’
– the registered email address
– and confirm the company’s purpose and activities are lawful.

Fee changes
Also recently announced are fee changes for submitting a Confirmation Statement. From 1 May 2024 the fee for the digital format is from £13 to £34 whilst submitting via a paper statement rises to £64 from £40.