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London SW1V 2PB
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Companies House is clamping down severely on limited companies who do not comply with their statutory obligations on time. A private company that is even a day late in filing its accounts will incur an automatic fine of 100, and the amount rises in stages to 1,000 (after 12 months delay); for public companies the fine is 500 rising to 5,000. Failure by the directors to submit documents on time is also a criminal offence. Other obligations such as prompt filing of annual returns are now more rigorously enforced. Fines can also be levied for failing to deliver in due time notice of a change in a Company's directors or Company Secretary or in their particulars.

From now on it is going to be particularly important to ensure that company secretarial administration is put in reliable hands. To help cope with this, Fry & Company offers a company secretarial service for a fixed fee of £350 plus VAT for which we will:

  1. Provide a company secretary (or if preferred, joint secretary).
  2. Provide a registered office address for the Company.
  3. Prepare all formalities in connection with the ordinary business of the AGM (including drafting resolutions, notice to members, rotation of directors, filing accounts and recording Minutes).
  4. Prepare Stock Transfer Forms on the transfer of a shareholding and send to the Stamping Office of the Inland Revenue for stamp duty purposes.
  5. Complete Inland Revenue Corporation Tax questionnaire
  6. Prepare and file the Annual Return to Companies House.
  7. Keeping the Statutory Books: Register of Members, Register of Directors, Register of Charges, Register of Documents Sealed, Register of Minutes.
  8. Deal with the preparation and filing of appropriate forms and writing up of Statutory Books consequent on changes within the Company (such as a change of Directors, or a transfer of shares on the sale of a flat) - an additional charge may be made where there are more than two such events in any year.

As there will be considerable work to be dealt with initially to assimilate the details of the Company and to change the secretary or registered office, a sum of 100 plus VAT will be added to the first year's charge.