I have today met with a client who runs a small limited company - and still does but technically doesn't........
They have (as many do) been ignoring all post from HMRC/Companies House and it appears they never filed their annual return that was due in Jan-13 (they did file their first accounts last year (no income only set up expenses) themselves, more trade this year so they have sought help)
During 2013 Companies House have written to them (many times I suspect) but all letters ignored. I have met with them with a view to doing the next accounts that are due by October 13 (Jan 13 YE) and during the meeting looked at their record and see the company has been struck off and dissolved.
Ordinarily I wouldn't be too concerned for small start up businesses, but in the year to Jan 2013 they have made a trading loss of some £70k that will go a long way to offsetting trading profits they are now making in 2013/14 year. (incidentally - their bank account is still working even though the company was officially struck off by Cos House in early August)
Before I call companies House tomorrow and consider reinstatement - has anyone any practical advice (PS "run" or "steer clear" is not an option as it is the daughter of a very good long standing client!)