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Companies House: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 38507, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what support Companies House is giving to businesses to assist with responding to the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

30 April 2020

On 25 March Companies House announced that all businesses could apply for a three-month extension for filing their accounts, with those citing issues around COVID-19 immediately granted an extension. To support this measure Companies House developed a fast-tracked, online system that takes businesses just 15 minutes to complete. There have so far been over 50,000 successful applications. This was supplemented on 28 March when the Government announced it will offer further extensions should circumstances require.

On 16 April Companies House announced that companies issued with a late filing penalty due to COVID-19 will have appeals treated sympathetically and that it has temporarily paused the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved. This will help ensure businesses struggling to update their records because of the crisis, are not struck off the register.