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How to Return a Company in the UK

Returning a company in the UK generally refers to the process of dissolving or striking off a company from the Companies House register. This guide provides a step-by-step process on how to legally dissolve a limited company in the UK.

Step 1: Ensure Eligibility for Dissolution

Before proceeding, ensure your company is eligible for dissolution. The company must:

  • Not have traded or sold off any stock in the last 3 months.
  • Not be threatened with liquidation.
  • Have no agreements with creditors, e.g., a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Step 2: Notify Interested Parties

You must inform all interested parties of your intention to dissolve the company. This includes shareholders, creditors, employees, and any directors who did not sign the application for dissolution.

Step 3: Settle Debts and Close Accounts

Before applying for dissolution, ensure all company debts are paid and assets are distributed among shareholders. Also, close any company bank accounts.

Step 4: Apply for Dissolution

Submit a DS01 form to Companies House to apply for dissolution. This form can be completed online or sent by post. A fee is required with the submission.

Step 5: Wait for the Dissolution to be Processed

After submission, Companies House will review your application. If accepted, they will publish a notice in the Gazette, allowing for a 2-month objection period. If there are no objections, your company will be dissolved.

Tips for a Smooth Process

  • Ensure all company information is up to date with Companies House.
  • Keep records of all communications and submissions for your records.
  • Consult with a legal advisor to ensure all legal obligations are met.

Returning a company is a significant decision. Ensure you have considered all implications and completed all necessary steps before proceeding.

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