Companies act

The enterprise bill becomes law

The enterprise bill received royal assent on 4 May 2016, becoming the enterprise act. The act aims to deliver a range of measures to help support businesses.

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Register of persons with significant control requirement introduced

As of 6 April 2016, all companies and limited liability partnerships must now keep a register of persons with significant control.

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Filing of accounts and late filing penalties

Companies are automatically fined if accounts are not submitted on time. Accounts should be normally be filed for a private company nine months after the company's accounting reference date.

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An auditor's rights to information

Auditors are appointed by the members and are accountable to them. As a result it is important that auditors are given the information they consider relevant to the fulfilment of their duty to members.

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Appointment of auditors

An auditor of a private company must be appointed for each financial year of the company, unless the directors resolve otherwise on the grounds that audited accounts are unlikely to be required.

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Signing of accounts: directors and auditors

Subject to certain exemptions, a company that meets the small company criteria in respect of a financial year is exempt from the requirement to have an audit of accounts for that year.

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Directors' report

One of the requirements of the Companies Act is that the approved accounts must include a directors' report

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