Annual Return

Every UK company must deliver an annual return to Companies House every year

We will send you reminders as your company's Annual Return deadline approaches, so you'll not worry about it being overdue.

If you miss the filing date, the company and its directors can be prosecuted and the company dissolved.

We electronically submit your Annual Return to Companies House, the form contains the following information:

  • Company Name
  • Registered number
  • Date to which the annual return is made-up
  • Principal business activities of the company
  • Type of company it is, for example, private or public
  • Registered office address of the company
  • Address (single alternate inspection location - SAIL) where the company keeps certain company records if not at the registered office
  • Details of the company secretary
  • Details of all the company's directors

Share Capital

We must complete a statement of capital as part of your Annual Return,this includes the following:

  • Total number of shares of the company
  • Aggregate nominal value of the shares

For each class of shares:

  • Voting rights attached to the shares
  • Total number of shares of that class; and
  • Aggregate nominal value of shares of that class, and
  • Amount paid up and the amount unpaid on each share

Director details on the Annual Return

Details of the Directors, are maintained by us, as part of our due diligence work.

For individuals who are directors or secretaries

  • Names and former names
  • Country of Residence
  • Nationality
  • Business Occupation
  • Date of Birth (only your month and year of birth will appear on published records)
  • Service address - a contact address.

Share Capital in currencies other than Sterling

An increasing number of companies compile accounts and issue shares in currencies other than Sterling and the details needing to be lodged are the same as for sterling shares.

Shareholders, past and present

A full list of shareholders on the date of the return is recommended, and is required for the first annual return the company has to complete and every third annual return thereafter.

The name of every shareholder and the date of the share transfer is needed.

When the full list is included in the annual return, you must state the names of all past and present shareholders, the dates on which they held shares and the details of any transfer.

This section is increasingly important; as shareholders who are resident in countries other than the UK often need to disclose their foreign shareholders in their personal tax returns.