David Durham, Registrar of Companies (and chief executive of Companies House) is eager to ensure that firms file their accounts and annual returns on time and meet their statutory requirements. In 1893, only 40 companies were incorporated each week. Now the weekly figure is 2,000. Interestingly, given the encircling gloom, they continue to rise. Incorporations in the first quarter of last year numbered 26,750; this year 28,995. One can see that chasing companies to make their returns is an increasingly difficult business. Durham, of course, does have the stick of financial penalties for late filers, but there is to be a carrot for the dutiful - a free commemorative certificate. You get it if you have a good record of meeting deadlines, are still trading and if you have been going for 100 years. Some carrot.
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