This document represents a confirmation of the company's status at Companies House: the official registrar of companies in the UK. The express service generally takes 24 hours and the normal Service generally takes 4-5 days.
Having proof that a company is in good professional and organisational standing is important. Financial organisations such as banks and various other interested parties from the UK or abroad would sometimes ask for a good standing certificate as part of their due dilligence to ensure that the company's records with Companies House are in order. Please note; a Certificate of Good Standing cannot be used as an evidence of the financial situation of the business.
A company will not qualify for a Certificate of Good Standing if it is late in filing its Annual Return, or has failed to update information about the company's constitution, ownership, or control at Companies House. It will continue to be in this state and not qualify for a good standing certificate until these issues are resolved.
What does it say?
A Certificate of Good Standing states that according to the Companies House Register, the company has been in continuous and unbroken existence since the date of its incorporation and that no "striking-off" or "dissolving" action is currently being taken by the Registrar of Companies. It also states that as the Registrar is aware:
The certificate may also contain other information about the company, for example:
***Please note that due to changes brought in by the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act on 30th June 2016, you will no longer be able to order certificates with information on shareholders, shareholdings or statement of capital information.
At BTC, we include all of the above details as standard, unless you specify otherwise.
Orders are despatched by Companies House directly to us and forwarded to you. The Express service is usually despatched within 24 hours from Companies House whilst the Normal Service generally takes 4-5 days.
In order to complete your application, we require the following information about your company:
Express Service £80+VAT BUY NOW
Normal despatch £40+VAT BUY NOW
Apostille of the Certificate of Good Standing
If you need your certificate of incorporation legalised, you can specify this during the ordering process of incorporation. You can for a previously incorporated company through our system log back in and order from the shop tab. Cost is £125.00 + vat, which includes the cost of the certificate of good standing.
How Does the Service work?
Once your order or incorporation has been made, we will process the documents and have them delivered by Royal Mail International service. Documents can take up to 14 days to be certified by the FCO.