If companies are late in filing their accounts or confirmation statement, Companies House will not initiate the compulsory strike-off process during the COVID-19 crisis period.

Companies House will continue to send the usual pre-strike-off letters to such companies requesting that they file the relevant documents as soon as possible, but they will not publish the Gazette notice which formally initiates the compulsory strike-off process.

This change is intended to help businesses file any outstanding documents and bring their record up to date.

Companies may still file for voluntary strike-off and Companies House will register the application and publish the notice in the Gazette. However, any further action to strike-off and dissolve the company will be suspended. 

Companies House state that this is to protect creditors and any other interested parties who may wish to object to the company being struck off. 

This is only a temporary measure and Companies House will review the voluntary strike-off procedure from 1 May 2020.

These changes do not apply to businesses which are being dissolved following an insolvency procedure such as administration or liquidation.