Responsibility for filing company documents at Companies House normally falls to the co-sec, who must file details of significant changes in company share capital or administration, and submit a confirmation statement every year.

The co-sec is required to prepare and file various other documents, including the following:

  • A directors’ report.
  • Financial statements, including details of the company’s assets and liabilities.
  • An auditor’s report, unless the company qualifies for the small companies exemption.
  • A strategic report, including a business review.
  • A register of people with significant company control.

Larger and quoted companies have additional reporting requirements, which can include their strategy and business model, and policies on the gender pay gap, human rights issues, their greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

Non-compliance with filing requirements can cost you dearly. Your company may be subject to late filing penalties. Directors can face personal prosecution and fines, and the company can even be struck from the register of companies.

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