1 October 2009 marks the final implementation phase of the 2006 Companies Act.

These include:

  • Simplified procedures for forming a company
  • New powers to the Registrar to amend company details, and also restore a company to the register (without the need for a court order)
  • Allowing directors to use the company’s service address as their own, in order to keep their own details private.

Companies House have updated their website and many old forms have been replaced as at 1 October 2009 and renamed under the new Act. You must use the old form, however, if the reporting event took place before this date.

Any accounts received on or after 1 October 2009 and which have to be returned to a customer for amendment will no longer receive the extra statutory 14 days.

Another thing to look out for is that the wording on accounts changes for accounting periods ending on or after 1 April 2008. This means that accounts for a 31 March 2009 year-end accounts should retain the old wording.

Details of the changes: Companies House