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What does it mean to strike off a company?

Striking off (also referred to as ‘dissolution’) is when a limited company is removed from the Companies House register. A director can strike off their company on the pre-conditions that:

  • The company hasn’t traded or sold off stock in the last 3 months
  • The company hasn’t changed names in the last 3 months
  • The company isn’t threatened with liquidation and has no agreements in place with creditors, such as a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA).

Strike off is a useful solution for closing a company if it has served its purpose, is no longer active, and unlikely to be required in the future (often if the director chooses to retire.)

You can only strike off a company if it is solvent.

Not always the best option…

It must not however be used as a way to close down a company in the hope of writing off debts.

It is an offence to make a dishonest application – you can face a fine and possible prosecution.

We’ve heard from many directors who have experienced problems when trying to strike off their company. In most cases the company had ceased trading, but still owed money to the Revenue. This meant the dissolution was rejected.

Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations from £1,995

If the company has debts that it cannot pay (ie. it is insolvent) then the best option is likely to be to formally liquidate the company – with a Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation.

A CVL will:

  • deal with the business debts
  • ensure the director’s legal obligations are met
  • give the director peace of mind

If the circumstances are right, a company dissolution can be the best solution. However, if the company still has a creditor, it should not be used as a ‘sneaky’ way to write off the debts and avoid paying. Our affordable CVL option will ensure everything is dealt with correctly.



Basic CVLs just £1,995 (all inc.)

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Meet legal obligations

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Acknowledge duties

Acknowledge your duties to the creditor


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