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Thinking of closing your limited company?

If you’re looking to close your company the best thing you can do is get in touch with our team first.

We can provide tailored solutions specifically for your business, and have your best interests at heart. If appropriate, we can help you to close your company the correct way and hold your hand throughout the entire process.

What are my options?

If you're unsure whether closing is the most suitable route for your business, we help UK directors everyday to determine their options.

Whether your company is struggling with debt, cashflow problems, bounce back loan repayments, HMRC problems, or something else, we can help you to move forward. If not, we also assist with solvent closures.

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How to close a limited company with debts Top 5 Questions Answered

What to consider before closing:

Yes, usually you can start a new business after you close your company.

However, in some circumstances there may be problems when a director has committed any wrongdoing, hasn't followed the correct procedures, or has previously been disqualified.

It's best to seek advice before entering into a formal process to understand how to start a new business if you close.

The process of closing a company that has never traded, or is no longer trading, is relatively simple, as long as:

  • there are no debts
  • no impending legal action
  • and it hasn't traded ever or within the last 3 months

You will need to take the following steps:

  1. All directors and shareholders must be in agreement
  2. Complete a DS01 form along with the £10 filing fee
  3. Submit the form to Companies House
  4. If there are no objections made, your company will be struck off the register and cease to exist

An insolvency practitioner is someone who is licensed and authorised to act in relation to an insolvent individual, partnership or company.

They are required to process a corporate liquidation and have several duties in their position, some being:

  • Distributing the realised assets and surplus funds to the appropriate parties.
  • Investigating any wrongdoing that may have taken place at any point throughout the life of the company.
  • Creating a Statement of Affairs document for the creditors. This is a financial statement explaining the business’ position in some detail.

All liquidation procedures must involve a licensed insolvency practitioner and they will manage the affairs of the process from start to finish.

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Unlike the Insolvency Practitioner, we are on YOUR side and have your best interests at heart. We assess all options available and help you determine the best route for your business.

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We answer the top questions directors ask us everyday around company closure in our short informative videos.

How to close a company with debts

If you're thinking of closing your company with outstanding debts, the usual route is through a liquidation.

It's important you do this correctly, which is why speaking to us beforehand is essential.

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Can I close with a Bounce Back Loan?

Yes, but the only way to do this is through a Liquidation. However, it is crucial you understand any potential implications before entering this process.

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Will closing affect my personal credit?

No. A Limited Company limits your liabilities, meaning company debts do not belong to you personally. However, directors loan accounts, personal guarantees or misuse could have an impact.

Let us assess this before you decide to close.

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What happens to staff in liquidation?

In an insolvency scenario, all employees are fully protected. Their notice, redundancy, holiday pay and any arrears of pay are all covered. This includes directors are above the £12,5000 basic salary threshold.

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How do I pay for liquidation?

Thinking of closing your limited company but unsure how you can pay for liquidation or where to find funds?

If you're considering closing your company, speak to our team today to assess your options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are various reasons why a company may choose to enter liquidation, be it solvent or insolvent.

Solvent companies can afford to pay off any debt within the business. They may choose to enter a Members Voluntary Liquidation because they are retiring, or no longer intend to run the company.

Insolvent companies either cannot afford to pay off any debts within the business, or their liabilities outweigh their assets. They should choose to enter a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation to close the company. All unsecured debts are written off, such as Bounce Back Loans and HMRC debt.

There isn't a one-size-fits-all when it comes to company liquidation which is why it's always best to seek advice before entering any formal process.

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Yes, but the only way to do this is through Liquidation. However, it is important you understand if there would be any personal implications for you, the Director.

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Insolvency fees range from £4k-£6k.

However, this depends on the firm you use, and the complexity of the case. There can also be hidden fees or personal implications which weren't addressed beforehand.

The Directors Helpline will assess this before entering liquidation.

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During the process of liquidation, the liquidator sells the company assets to generate funds for the creditors. Once all creditors have been repaid (as far as funds allow), any remaining debts will be written off.

In order to correctly liquidate a company, you need a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner, which requires a fee. Therefore, any advertisements for free company liquidation are not true.

Our guidance is completely free for you to help you understand all your options and any potential implications before you decide to enter liquidation.

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If your company cannot pay its debts, is insolvent, and you need to close it, then liquidating it may be the most suitable option.

However, if you can't afford a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation, there are a few things you could consider:

  1. Sale of company assets
  2. Personally financing some or all of the fees
  3. Instalment plan with the liquidator
  4. Director redundancy pay
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