January 2007

In January 2007 there were changes that affected the display of the company name. This requires companies to clearly display the name in the following communications-

  • Company letters,
  • Company notices and other official publications,
  • on all Company websites,
  • Company bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques, orders for money or goods purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the company, and
  • Company bills of parcels, invoices, receipts, and letters of credit.

In addition to the above requirments, the company’s business letters, order forms and websites have to include fuller particulars. This includes-

  • the company’s place of registration and the number with which it is registered,
  • the address of its registered office, 
  •  in the case of an investment company, the fact that it is such a company, and 
  • in the case of a limited company exempt from the obligation to use the word “limited” as part of its name, the fact that it is a limited company.

All these requirements apply whether the document is in hard copy or electronic or any other form.

In January 2007 there was also an EU directive increasing the use of electronic communications with Companies House.
This included

  • Allowing company communications to shareholders and othersby electroinc means
  • provisions concerning a public company’s right to investigate who has an interest in its shares;
  • and section 463, which sets out a statutory basis of directors’ liability to the company in relation to the directors’ report (including the business review), the directors’ remuneration report and any summary financial statement derived from such reports.
    All powers to make orders or regulations by statutory instrument will be commenced with effect from 20 January 2007.
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