Same Day Incorporations
Companies House Update: Same day services are being re-instated for incorporations and name changes as of Thursday 22nd April. Note that the cut-off time will be 11am, and all same day submissions received after 11am will be processed on the following working day.
The same day option is available by ticking the same day option at the beginning of your order.
End of the Memorandum of Association
We are excited about what 2021 has in store for eFiling, our company incorporation software and we will share more information over the coming months. Their current attention focuses on the next Companies House update. As of April 2021, Companies House will no longer accept a Memorandum of Association which means an end to the Memorandum and Articles document within eFiling as we know it today.
The software suppler has been working closely with Companies House to ensure another smooth transition and we will share more details regarding this update, and the migration of the Memorandum and Articles document, in February. This does mean that those who upload their own documents or use their own default for incorporation those documents will have to be amended after this date for future submissions.
Given the developing COVID-19 situation and following the advice from Government to work from home where possible and avoid unnecessary travel and social contact, I would like to reassure you and confirm that whether we are in our office or working from home we are able to continue to offer a full service.
We will be available both by phone and email between 9am to 5pm, our company formations and Smart Search AML verification software are online and will continue to function 24 hours a day.
We are of course for company incorporations and filings, in the hands of Companies House for the time to process the actual form, once they have processed the form our email confirmation with PDF copies will be sent to you as normal. For the physical despatch of hard copy documents, we are looking at print sessions at the office once or twice a week if possible.
For mail forwarding for our Registered office service most Companies House documents are received from them by email on a daily basis so we can continue to forward by email as normal. HMRC documents are always received in hard copy by post so we will as with the hard copy despatch try to turn these around at the office again once or twice a week.
We would like to wish you all good health for you and your staff during these difficult times and assure you we will be available to support your business as normal as possible during the coming months.
Companies House have advised they will not be processing submissions from 12 noon, Friday the 7th of September until Monday the 10th of September. Same day submissions must be submitted by 12 noon on the 7th of September.
We will still be holding all submissions in this time frame in review and will submit once the service has restarted on Monday, Experience tells us some orders can be lost at Companies House during these periods of maintenance.
Officer Eye Colour
As a gentle reminder, please remember that from 25 May 2018 Companies House have also removed the option for Eye Colour from the digital signature questions. Our latest update will take that into consideration.
From 26 June details of PSC Information will no longer be updated on the confirmation statement (CS01). Instead, companies will need to inform Companies House on forms PSC01 to PSC09 whenever changes occur. Companies will have a 14-day window in which to update their internal registers and a further 14 days to send the new information to Companies House. Therefore, a maximum filing time of 28 days from the date of the event. Continue reading “Changes to PSC Information Filing Requirements”
This is to let you know about planned maintenance that will be occurring at Companies House covering the Easter Break between Thursday, 13 April and Tuesday, 18 April. This will affect most aspects of their online services
Most of their online services will be unavailable from 11:59pm on Thursday 13 April to 7am on Tuesday 18 April.
The essential system maintenance to the online services will affect:
- XML gateway
- Companies House Direct
This means you won’t be able to file any information online during this period. We will hold all orders in our review files until the system is confirmed to be back up and running on the Tuesday
You should check Companies House Service (CHS) to see if your accounts are due during the planned maintenance. You may need to file earlier than planned.
PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT CONTROL (PSC)
From April 2016
You need to start keeping a record of the people who control your company. There are criminal penalties if you don’t do this.
For most companies these will be individuals who:
- Hold more than 25% of the company’s shares
- Hold more than 25% of the company’s voting rights
- Have the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors
If an individual does not meet the above conditions, check to see if you have anyone who:
- Has the right to, or actually exercises, significant influence or control over the company
It could also be individual who:
- Has the right to, or actually exercises, significant influence or control over a trust or company that meets one of the above conditions
There is some more information on how to identify your PSCs:
This is the statutory guidance issued by BIS Continue reading “PSC requirements – What you must do”
Companies House had a target date of 6 April 2016 for the launch of these public registers (PSC), to achieve this they have been busily rewriting the coding which many would have noticed the slowing down in the times it takes to process various forms. We had become used to the 3 to 4 hour average which has now become closer to the 24 hour target time Companies House set themselves.
Due the volume of work to be undertaken and the various pieces of secondary legislation having to be passed through Parliament the implementation date has been put back to 1 July 2016.
Our programme providers who are still awaiting some of the schematics for the rewriting of our software Are confident that our software will be running and recording information into our registers which are PSC compliant before the official implementation date.
Christmas and Festive Season Opening Times
Wishing you all a happy seasonal break! It is that time of year again, when myself and Irma actually get a week off! Of course our online company formations and customer AML verification searches do not go off, they run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The various Companies House’s though will be open or closed on the days listed below, of course there will be no company filings processed during these times.
- Thursday 24 December All offices open, but earlier closure at 4pm
- Friday 25 December All offices closed
- Monday 28 December All offices closed
- Tuesday 29 December All offices open
- Wednesday 30 December All offices open
- Thursday 31 December All offices open
- Friday 1 January 2016 All offices closed
- Monday 4 January 2016 All offices open (apart from Edinburgh which will be closed)
At BTC our last of despatch of physical documents to get there before will be on Friday 18th of December. Of course online PDF’s generated by the systems will be delivered automatically by email as normal.
During week of the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of December there will be some telephone support and full email support. On Christmas Eve we will have some limited email support.
The following week, the 28th is a bank holiday and the 29th 30th and 31st we will have email support and but no telephone support, we are actually having a few days break.
Full service will be back to normal on Monday January 4th 2015, although it is a bank holiday in Scotland.