Certificate of Good
Confirm that your company is duly registered at Companies House and is up to date with statutory requirements.
What is a Certificate of Good Standing?
A certificate of good standing is a legal document issued by Companies House, that proves that a UK registered company has fulfilled all the obligations and requirements set out by the Companies Act, and it shows that a company is in ‘good standing’ with Companies House.
Information issued on a Certificate of Good Standing includes:
- The name of the Company, and the date in which it was incorporated
- That the company is currently up to date with its annual filings
- That the company has been in continuous, unbroken existence since its incorporation, and;
- That, currently, no action is being taken to strike the company off the register, or to liquidate the company.
Additional information can be requested to be added to the certificate, including:
- The name(s) of any directors or secretaries of the company, and the registered office address
When will Companies House not issue a Certificate of Good Standing?
Companies House will not issue a certificate if a company;
- Has an overdue confirmation statement
- Has not filed their annual accounts with Companies House
- Has overdue accounts with HMRC
- Has not provided adequate information about their constitution, control or ownership, and;
- Does not have the required number of directors, e.g. at least one natural (not a corporate body) director over the age of 16, and at least two directors, one of whom is a natural person and a company secretary for a public company.
Do I need a Certificate of Good Standing?
Not every business on the Companies House register will need a Certificate of Good Standing, however there are a few situations in which a company may need to obtain a certificate. These include:
- To help confirm its credibility to potential lenders, investors or suppliers
- To help open a UK business bank account if the company only has non-UK based directors
- To help open an overseas business bank account for a UK registered limited company
- To trade or open a branch or office overseas
A Certificate of Good Standing can assist with any of the above criteria, but is only valid for three months from the date it was issued, so additional certificates may need to be ordered depending on the circumstances.
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Who needs to see a Certificate of Good Standing?
Third parties that you are looking to work or partner with may need to see a Certificate of Good Standing to confirm that statutory requirements have been complied with and the directors are meeting their responsibilities.
Which companies can get a Certificate of Good Standing?
Any companies registered in the UK can request a Certificate of Good Standing unless they do not meet any of the criteria stated above, e.g., overdue filings.
Do I need to get my Certificate of Good Standing apostilled?
Here at 1ST Choice Incorporations, we offer a service to apostille documents, so if you require your certificate to be apostilled, please contact us here.