Companies House Introduces New Measures

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Starting 4 March 2024, Companies House will implement new measures in accordance with the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023. This Act amends the Companies Act 2006, introducing new requirements for companies registered in England and Wales.

New rules for registered office addresses
The updates include new rules for registered office addresses, requiring companies to have an ‘appropriate address’ where documents can be delivered and acknowledged. PO Boxes will no longer be accepted as registered office addresses. Companies that fail to comply may be struck off the register.

Registered email address
Additionally, companies will be required to provide a registered email address for communication with Companies House. New incorporations will need to provide an email address upon incorporation, while existing companies must provide one when filing their next confirmation statement.

Statement of lawful purpose
Furthermore, subscribers of new incorporations must confirm that the company is being formed for a lawful purpose. This confirmation will also be required on a confirmation statement. The intention is to ensure that all companies, new and existing, operate lawfully.

These new measures aim to help Companies House meet its objectives of ensuring complete and accurate company information, preventing misleading impressions, and preventing unlawful activities.

Directors should review their Companies House file and update any necessary information. Supporting documentation should be readily available in case of queries, and formal requests must be responded to within 14 days.

Written by: Felicity Bull

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