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Strike off Action Suspended - what can be done?

Strike off action suspended but no one has come forward

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Hi all,

Can anyone point me to the right direction of what can be done next.

Client put in a DS01 in Feb 21 after clearing off HMRC VAT, PAYE and CT. No creditors (was a contractor who paid everything off as it was billed)

Objection to suspend recieved in March 21 - companies house wouldn't tell us who objected due to data protection and told us to wait for creditors to approach or try again to close in September.

No one came forward - but Companies house again recieved another ojection in September 21 but will still not tell us by who.

Any advice on what our next steps would be... Could it be HMRC objecting before a pending investigation? Although we have called all the relevant HMRC departments and they have no objection on file on their end.

Thanks, any piointers appreciated.

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By ketteringUK
11th Oct 2021 10:49

Providing that there are no known creditors (ie suppliers), most likely this objection was raised by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and is in relation to an outstanding Bounce Back Loan.

BEIS can be contacted at: [email protected]

Companies House WILL CONFIRM the details behind the objections to the Company's officers or agents (providing you hold appropriate consent from the Client).

Dear Sirs,
'We have submitted an application to strike off the above-named Company but an objection has been raised. Please can you provide us with further details of this objection' - [email protected]

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By pnut2g
11th Oct 2021 11:03

Thanks for your reply, I will get the directors to contact BEIS.

Although the bounce back loan was paid off before the initial DS01 application and bank closed loan and current accounts.

The director did send and email to companies house but they still wouldn't provide any further info, something along the lines of objector chose to keep their details private.

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By WhichTyler
11th Oct 2021 12:24

Not an expert in this, but that would imply it is an individual rather than a government body wouldn't it?

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By ketteringUK
13th Oct 2021 18:52

Few months ago our client had ds01 objection raised by Barclays Bank even that their bbl was paid back in July 2020. Department at Barclays dealing with monitoring the striking off applications didn't have access to loan accounts so that didn't know that the loan was advanced and paid back shortly afterwards.

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By fawltybasil2575
11th Oct 2021 12:54

@ pnut2g (OP).

I would hazard a guess that the delay is probably due simply to a lack of liaison between departments of the bank which supplied the bounce back loan. That said, I would recommend a letter to Companies House, along the lines of:-

“I note, from previous correspondence, that the application for striking-off is being delayed by there being an objector. I of course fully respect the objector’s wish for anonymity.

Given that all the company’s debts have been fully settled, including that of the relevant bank in relation to a bounce back loan, may I ask you to forward a copy of this letter to the objector, and ask them if they would kindly (in the interests of all parties) withdraw their objection. May I request your prompt attention to this matter”.

The words “including that of the relevant bank in relation to a bounce back loan” may be deleted if the client does not wish such loan to be disclosed, but the inclusion of those words may assist if the objector is indeed the bank which provided the bounce back loan.

Basil.

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By Hugo Fair
11th Oct 2021 14:25

I presume that all assets/cash have been extracted already (for obvious reasons)?
I ask only because I did encounter a case about 10 years ago where disgruntled customer of the company (a building contractor of course) kept objecting ... partly in the hope of pulling together a claim for reimbursement of past charges, but mostly just to be bloody-minded!

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By pnut2g
11th Oct 2021 20:24

Thanks all for your replies.

@fawlty basil. I will try companies house again, I can't think of anything apart from the bounce back loan causing issues even though it was paid back 9 months ago.

@Hugo Fair yes all assets extracted, final accounts filed and bank accounts closed.

You would think any genuine creditors who we're owed any money would contact us so that they could be settled up with, but nothing.

Thanks again.

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By Alexerg
11th Oct 2021 22:24

Seems like you're not the only one with this issue: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/any-answers/unusual-increase-in-number-o...

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