Companies House prohibits more paper forms

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Companies House has extended its online-only services to help prevent unauthorised company name changes.

PROOF is a free service which lets you protect your company from unauthorised or fraudulent changes to your records. It prevents the filing of certain paper forms, such as changes to your company’s registered office address or directors’ details.

From last month, two documents you need to change a company name have been added to the PROOF service. These are:

  • form NM01 (notice of change of name by resolution)
  • copy of resolution (change of name by special resolution)

In future you can only file these forms online, not on paper, which should reduce the risk of anyone trying to fraudulently take over your company.

Amy Harcombe, Filing Service Owner at Companies House, said: “At Companies House our strategic goals include maintaining registers that inspire trust and confidence, while also providing a brilliant user experience for our customers.

“The changes to the PROOF service are an important step towards fulfilling these goals.”

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