As company incorporation agents our experience with the UK Companies House means we can obtain company reports, certified copies of official documents held by the registry on any registered company. A certified document is where Companies House stamps the document to verify its authenticity.
The certified company documents from the UK registry can be provided Apostilled, this legalises the registry company document to confirm that the UK public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.
UK companies are required to file information regarding their share capital, shareholders, directors and company accounts. A UK company report will also include the registration details of the company and confirmation of its existence.
The contents of a UK company search report include:
The search report will be ordered from Companies House and delivered by email the same day.
We can supply a certificate of Good Standing from Companies House certifying the UK Company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation and that no action is currently being taken to strike the company off the register.
The UK Company's annual return and accounts must be filed and up to date with the registry, for the certificate of Good Standing to be issued.
The following additional details can be included on a UK certificate of Good Standing:
The certificate is provided from Companies House with an official stamp, seal and with the signature of an authorised officer.
Due to changes brought in by the small business enterprise and employment act in 2016, from November 2016 you will no longer be able to order a Certificate of Good Standing with the shareholders, shareholding or Statement of Capital details included.
Click on the image to see what a UK Certificate of Good Standing looks like and what it contains.
We can provide a registry certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation for a UK company.
The certificate confirms the date the UK company was incorporated and Companies House certify that in respect of the incorporation all requirements of the UK companies Act were satisfied.
The certified copy of the certificate of incorporation is a copy of the original certificate and signed by a Companies House official.
The Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association are statutory documents filed with Companies House when a company is incorporated in the UK.
The Memorandum of Association includes the company’s name, registered office, business activities and objects.
The Articles of Association are the rules for the company's internal affairs.
UK Company Documents need to first be certified at Companies House and then Apostilled at the UK Legalisation Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Documents we can provide Apostilled include Certificate of Good Standing, Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.
All UK Companies must deliver an annual return to Companies House at least once every 12 months, the directors are responsible for ensuring that they deliver the annual return to Companies House.
If the companies annual return is not filed, the Registrar will assume that the company is no longer carrying on business or in operation and take steps to strike it from the UK companies register.
An Annual Return includes:
In accordance with the Companies Act 2006 all UK private limited and public companies must file their accounts with Companies House, with late filing penalties applying.
All limited companies - including dormant companies - must file annual accounts at Companies House.
Annual accounts must usually be delivered to Companies House within 9 months of a company's ARD for a private company, and 6 months for a public company. However, if a company's first accounts cover a period longer that 12 months, the maximum time allowed is 22 months from the date of incorporation. The types of accounts filed depends on factors:
Micro-entities, small and Dormant companies - The type of company files shorter simpler accounts.
Accounts must be filed even if the company has remained dormant never traded.
Generally company accounts filed with Companies House must include:a profit and loss account, a balance sheet signed by a director on behalf of the board and the accounts must be accompanied by a directors' report signed by a secretary or director, including a business review and an auditors' report.
Small and medium-sized companies may file an abbreviated version of their prepared accounts with Companies House.
Small companies can prepare and file simpler, less detailed accounts than those required by large and medium companies. A UK company must fall within two out of three parameters below to be classified as small or medium sized.
A company can avail of small company exemptions if two of the following criteria are satisfied in respect of the financial year in question:
A small company is only required to file an abridged balance sheet and selected notes on the financial statements with the Registrar of Companies.
We can provide latest Director's Report & Accounts for United Kingdom Registered Companies. Company accounts filed at the United Kingdom companies registry vary according to the classification of the company.
The shareholders register, contains a list of the shareholders and the amount of shares they hold, and the amount paid-up on each share.
Companies have a legal obligation to maintain certain company registers, we can provide details of the registered company directors for United Kingdom companies.
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