If you run a company, one of the important dates you need to remember is the date your confirmation statement is due. Every year, you need to check that the information we have about your company is correct.
This means checking:
- the details of your registered office, directors, secretary and the address where you keep your records
- your statement of capital and shareholder information if your company has shares
- your SIC code (the number that identifies what your company does)
- your register of people with significant control (PSC)
When your confirmation statement is due, you'll get an email alert or a reminder letter to your company's registered office. The due date is usually a year after the date your company incorporated (the company's birthday) or the date you filed your last confirmation statement.
You can file your confirmation statement up to 14 days after the due date. Although, like a birthday greeting, it's nice to have it on the day and not a few days after.
We all have birthdays. We all celebrate in different ways, throwing parties, enjoying great food and spending some quality time with family and friends. It's a date in the calendar that we never forget – although as we get older, we try to forget the year.
Here's a few birthday facts that you might not know.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most common birthday in the UK is 26 September. You may think that this could be due to the revelry that occurs during the Christmas and New Year period. But part of the reason could be that couples are planning to have children at the start of the school year.
Unsurprisingly, 29 February has the lowest total number of birthdays as it only occurs every 4 years. And 1 April is also one of the least common birthdays – are parents avoiding April Fool's Day?
You may be a fan of the TV programme, One Born Every Minute. But actually over the past 2 decades, a baby has been born every 48 seconds on average.
In a group of 23 people, there's a probability of 50% that 2 people will share the same birthday (the birthday paradox). And the odds of dying on your birthday are actually higher than average.
Your 'golden birthday' is when your day of birth and your age are exactly the same. So if your date of birth is the 17th of a month, your 17th birthday will be your golden birthday.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a popular 21st birthday present was to have all your teeth removed and replaced with a set of dentures. The idea was to prevent the expense of dental treatment later in life. Luckily, this trend seems to have stopped and dental treatment has become a lot more affordable (and less painful).
In the United Kingdom, it's estimated we spend close to £1 billion on greeting cards every year. Around 1,800 of these are sent by Her Majesty the Queen to UK and Commonwealth citizens celebrating their 100th birthday. Actually, it's a greetings card-style telegram which features a personalised message and offers a warm and personal greeting.
But it's not only individuals who get acknowledged on their 100th birthday. If your company reaches the grand old age of 100, you'll receive a congratulatory certificate from Companies House.
A date for your diary
The most important thing about birthdays, is not forgetting the date. I think most of us have had that last-minute, mad dash into the card shop. Or having to select from the wide range of gifts the petrol station has on offer.
Today's diary and reminder systems have made it much easier to make sure you never miss those important dates.
If it's your birthday today (or your company's) – happy birthday. If your confirmation statement is due today (you can check on our Companies House Service), make sure you send it to us in the next 14 days.