Sign up for email alerts from Companies House

A new email alerts service has been launched by Companies House. The new alert service covers a range of subscription topics and should not be confused with the email reminder service, which advises when accounts and confirmation statement are due for filing.
If you are interested in receiving email reminders about your accounts and confirmation statement, you need to sign up using the Companies House online filing service.
The new email alerts service can be used by new or existing

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Fair payment practices for small businesses

In October 2017, Paul Uppal (a former Conservative MP and entrepreneur) was appointed to the newly-established post of Small Business Commissioner (SBC) based in Birmingham. At the time, it was estimated that the office of the SBC would be operational by the end of 2017. The SBC is an independent public body and covers the whole of the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
On 20 December 2017, the government launched the complaint handling service of the SBC to ensure fair payment

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Staircase tax to be reversed

The Government has announced that the business rates anomaly known as the ‘staircase tax’ is to be axed. The ‘staircase tax’ affects businesses that operate in adjoining units or rooms, but are accessed from a communal lift, corridor or staircase. For example, a business that has offices on two floors of a building that are accessed via a communal staircase. Such businesses are unfairly treated as they presently pay rates as if occupying two totally separate properties.
The ‘staircase tax’ was

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