By Lynne Gowers on 7th July 2016

Letters professing to be from Companies House

Several of our clients have been in touch with us this week regarding letters they have received, ostensibly from Companies House, making demands for payment. It declares that “lack of payment will result in lack of entry in the Register of Companies”.

This correspondence is nothing to do with the legal registrar of limited companies – Companies House, with which your company is registered.
It is in fact (if you check the small print), a marketing exercise by a company which collects “information on business entities, maintained in the computer system in the form of a central database updated on an ongoing basis.”

Despite the alarmist language used, you only need to make this payment if you want your company to be included on this database. If you don’t, we suggest you disregard it.

To reiterate, these letters are not from Companies House and you do not need to take any action.

If you are unsure of this, or indeed any correspondence you receive pertaining to your limited company, do hesitate to forward it to us so that we can take a look and advise you.

See what the letters look like here

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Written by Lynne Gowers
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