On Monday 14 October I noticed via a message on the agent portal that a new VAT registration in respect of one of our clients had been refused, and so on the same day I drafted our appeal and posted. The earliest that HMRC would have received it would have been Tuesday 15. Today, Friday 18 October, HMRC have called me (before 10:30 AM) and confirmed receipt and that registration will proceed.
A 4 day turnround. Is that not pretty much unprecedented these days.