Verify your company's reputation
What is a Certificate of Good Standing?
All limited companies in the UK are legally required to make annual filings with Companies House - the UK registrar of companies. Failure to meet the statutory requirements can result in penalties; however, if your company successful maintains all legal filing obligations, it will be in 'good standing' with Companies House.
You can request that Companies House issue a Certificate to verify this good standing. This will effectively demonstrate that your company is compliant with all statutory requirements.
Please note: Due to changes to the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Act on 30th June 2016, you will no longer be able to order Certificates of Good Standing with information on shareholders, shareholdings or statement of capital information.
The following information will be shown on the Certificate:
- Date of incorporation
- Director(s) name(s)
- Company secretary name (if relevant)
- Registered office address
- Company objects (if relevant)
- Verification that company is up to date with filing requirements
Why should I have a Certificate of Good Standing?
You may require a Certificate of Good Standing if you want to open a business bank account or set up an overseas branch of an existing UK-based limited company. Potential investors and lenders may also request a certificate before investing in your business.
When will my Certificate be issued?
There are two ordering options available for a Certificate of Good Standing – Standard and Express. If you order your certificate using the Standard service, it will be issued within 5 working days. If you need to receive your certificate sooner, you can choose to order our Express service and the Certificate will be issued within 24 hours. The Express service is only available on orders placed before 1pm Mon – Fri.
It can take up to 5 working days for your certificate to be issued using the Standard Service.
Your Certificate will be issued within 24 hours using the Express Service. Orders must be placed by 1pm (Monday - Friday).
How is the Certificate delivered?
We send our Certificates of Good Standing using Royal Mail Special Delivery or International Tracked and Signed mail (free of charge), or a premium courier (at an additional cost), to any destination in the world.