Compulsory strike off

Shaun Barton

Shaun Barton | Company Closure Expert

Company Closure Advice

Discover Your Next Steps Today

Trusted by 5,000+ Company Directors

Compulsory strike off

Compulsory strike-off is a process that results in a company being removed from the register at Companies House and permanently closed. It differs from voluntary strike-off, which is carried out by directors to close a company that’s no longer needed.

Companies House typically triggers compulsory strike-off, but only under certain circumstances. So when might this happen and is there anything you can do to prevent your company from being forcibly closed down in this way?

Why are companies forcibly struck off the register?

There are various reasons why Companies House might begin the compulsory strike-off of a business. These are largely centred on a company’s filing obligations and the timely provision of formal documents. For instance,

  • The business is no longer operating
  • It has failed to file its company accounts
  • The annual confirmation statement hasn’t been submitted
  • The company has failed to appoint directors

There are unpaid fees or penalties

Company Closure For UK Directors

Thinking about closing your company? Let us talk you through your options.

What is the process of compulsory strike-off?

Initially, Companies House send a letter to the company’s registered address informing them of their intention to strike off and laying out their reasons for doing so. If no response is received, a second letter is sent, and this is a final notice of their intent.

It’s important to note that an accountant’s or other professional adviser’s address may be on file with Companies House so it’s advisable to regularly check for correspondence of this type.

If the company hasn’t responded after two months, Companies House will advertise their intention to strike off in the Gazette. This provides a further two months for the company to respond and for any creditors to make a claim.

After two months have passed with no response, the company will be struck off the register and cease to exist. Any assets still held by the company will be transferred to the Crown but directors are still liable to pay outstanding debts.

Informing HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

With multiple offices across the UK and a vastly experienced team of business closure experts, you are never far away from the advice you need. Our Licensed insolvency practitioners provide free consultations to all directors and shareholders, and can quickly ascertain which closure method is best for your business.

We are licensed by recognised professional bodies and have helped thousands of directors over many years. Contact us today for your free company closure consultation.

Can compulsory strike off be stopped?

You may be able to stop the enforced strike off of your company if you respond to the initial notifications within the time allowed. You can apply to suspend the strike off but you’ll also need to address the reasons behind Companies House plans.

This might involve bringing filing obligations up to date, for example, or submitting the necessary information about the directors of the company. If you have assets held within the business, this is another reason to challenge the enforced strike-off.

As with voluntary strike-off, a third party may also object so they can recoup any monies owed to them. HMRC, your bank, or perhaps a trade creditor, can all make an objection if they have a debt outstanding.

If your company is in the process of being forcibly struck off, please get in touch with our expert team at Company Closure for a free consultation. We can advise you on the best way forward, and provide the professional support you need.

Trusted by 1000s of Company Directors Across the UK

Related Pages

You’re In Expert Hands

Here at Company Closure we have a team of qualified advisors who are ready to support you and your company.

Free Nationwide Advice for Company Directors

Company Closure is committed to supporting directors across the UK when faced with potential business closure.

We help to simplify the process and recommend the best way forward. With offices across the UK, you’re never far away from expert advice.

Book Your Free Consultation

Get Free Expert Advice on Company Closure

Secure & Confidential Form