Category Archives: Companies House

New Changes to UK Limited Companies Procedures

The next phase of The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act comes into force on 10th October 2015. The act is intended to reduce the red tape around running a business in the UK while also increasing transparency. There are three main changes coming into force in October, none of them are hugely dramatic. Rather they […]

Intel Still Top of the Company Names Tribunal League Table

Intel continue to be the organisation most frequently using the UK Company Names Tribunal. The recently released figures for 2014/15 show they are launching more than double the number of challenges through the tribunal than their nearest rival. The top ten companies bringing challenges to The Company Name Tribunal in 2014/15 were: Applicant Challenges Intel […]

5 Startup Scams to Be Wary Of

Startups are as vulnerable to fraudulent activity as the most established businesses, in fact they’re arguably more so. The process required to get companies registered with Companies House and properly set up to begin trading makes them a prime target for scammers who are using increasingly sophisticated methods of deception. Many scams involve criminals pretending […]

Why Your Limited Company Needs a Registered Company Name, Address and Number

The requirement of limited companies in regards to the registration of a company name and address and where this information must be displayed is quite clear. Under section 351 of the Companies Act 1985 every limited company is legally obliged to display its full company name, registration number and registered address on all business correspondence […]

Company Name Rules are Changing this Weekend

The rules around limited company names are changing this weekend (more specifically on 31st January 2015). The rule change is part of a government initiative to cut red tape and business regulations and are the result of a consultation process which began in 2013. There are two main part to the changes which come in […]

Micro Entity Accounts Now Accepted at Companies House

All limited companies have to file annual accounts with Companies House every year. These go onto the public record and are available to anyone who wants to look at them. Creating and filing the full set of accounts for Companies House can be quite a time consuming and expensive business. It will normally include using […]

How many businesses are there in the UK?

The simple answer to how many businesses there are in the UK is 4.9 million. This is the official figure produced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The image below is part of the Methodology Note that accompanies their figures to show how they were produced. As you can see working out […]

Company and Business Names Rules to be Simplified

Back in February the government launched a consultation on removing red tape around business and company names. The Department for Business have now published the results of this consultation along with the rule changes they are suggesting. Some of the changes being proposed are fairly technical. The more significant changes to have been suggested are […]

5 Proposed Changes to UK Limited Company Rules

At the G8 conference in June the UK government announced plans to change some of the rules around limited companies. Their aim is to make them more transparent so that it is clearer who owns companies. In part this move towards greater transparency is a more towards more efficient taxation of company owners. It will […]