Why is a Company Struck off or Dissolved?
There are two ways to strike off a company, voluntary or involuntary with voluntary being the most common method. Company directors who want a company struck off the register (also known as a company being dissolved) want to have a company marked down as non-existent and still retain full control of the business.
Dissolution is usually voluntary by the members (shareholders) if they have no further use for the company. Common examples of why a company would be voluntary struck off are as follows:
- Lack of profitability
- Conflict between directors
- Company never getting off the ground
- Challenges facing the company in the future
Involuntary strike off is less common and is usually due to compliance reasons. Under section 1000 of the Companies Act 2006 (652 of the Companies Act 1985) the Registrar of Companies at Companies House may remove the company from the register (striking off) if he or she has reasonable grounds to believe that no business is being carried on. Typically, this could be due to a failure to submit an annual confirmation statement form CS01 or file accounts on time. A common cause of companies being struck off is due to a change of registered office address that is not notified to Companies House.
If you want to restore your company to the register to unfreeze assets or to continue trade there are two routes you can take restoration by court order or administrative restoration (if eligible). Formations Direct can help you with both routes so don't delay call our expert restorations department today on 0800 085 45 05 during our opening hours 9am–5pm and a member of our experienced team will assist you with any questions you have about restoring your company to the register
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It is worthwhile noting that prior to limited companies being struck off or dissolved a notice is placed by the Registrar of Companies in the London Gazette. It can pay to be vigilant if you have interests in one or more companies and you can subscribe to notification services to be on the lookout for such important events and if you act quickly enough you may be able to prevent your company from becoming a struck off or dissolved company.