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Companies House Down Time

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.

Changes to PSC Information Filing Requirements

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

Companies House Planned Maintenance

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:

  • WebFiling
  • XML gateway
  • WebCHeck
  • 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.

PSC requirements – What you must do

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

Date of Implementation of Persons of Significant Control Registers (PSC)

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

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.

Companies House Service Update

Suspension on service 9 October

We have been advised by Companies House that submissions to them should cease at midday on Friday 9 October 2015 whilst they carry out updates to their system, and that they will also cease processing Same Day company formation requests after 10am on the same Friday. this Companies House service update is to allow for the changes to the systems which enable part two of the roll out of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act which takes effect on the 10th October 2015. Continue reading

Changes to company registrations and officer appointments

The next roll out of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act, which is phase two of the five stage roll out will take place on the 10th October 2015. The implementation is for partial date of birth suppression, the accelerated strike off time frame and consent to act requirements for company officers.  This makes changes to the current forms used in company registrations and officer appointments  Continue reading

Changes to the Names Regulations

Changes to the Names Regulations

Changes have been made to the names regulations for improving and simplifying them. It changes have resulted after consultation which also considered the need to maintain the current regulations which, primarily, set out rules regarding ‘same as’ names and ‘sensitive’ words and expressions.

When the changes apply

The regulations came into force on 31 January 2015.

The regulations concerned are:

  • The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2014, and
  • The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2014 Continue reading