If you are involved in the management of a limited company, you may like to make a note of the following changes which apply from 6 April 2008:

1. Filing Accounts

For all private companies the filing deadline for delivery of accounts to Companies House has been reduced from 10 to 9 months. The change will apply to accounting periods beginning on or after 6 April 2008. For public companies the deadline is reduced from 7 to 6 months.

Qualifying companies will still be able to file Abbreviated Accounts.

2. Company Secretary

For private companies only, the appointment of a company secretary becomes optional from 6 April 2008.

. the choice to continue with an existing appointed secretary is optional,
. if you decide to dispense with an existing company secretary after 6 April, you will need to advise Companies House using form 288b,
. you will not need to amend your Articles of Association unless there is a specific reference to a company having a secretary,

From the 6 April it will be possible to have a sole director and no company secretary.

Davies McLennon are Stockport Accountants