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Would you use a company who hadn't filed accounts in last 2 years?

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emptycoffers Sun 23-Nov-14 13:45:05

Had quotes for double glazing - all fine - good price.

The saleswoman said - we don't ask for any money upfront - no deposit even - great I thought.

Looked them up at Companies House and found this... company incorporated in 2011, first and only accounts/tax return lodged in Jan 2012 - nothing since.

Company Status: Active - Proposal to strike off

On another company info database There was a more recent update saying:

Compulsory strike off suspended.

Would you use them?

Will I get stung?

caroldecker Sun 23-Nov-14 14:00:14

I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole - a company that cannot do the basic financial stuff will go bankrupt as they are unable to know what money they are making

emptycoffers Sun 23-Nov-14 14:07:35

Cheers - they gave a competitive quote but by no means ridiculously low.

A part of me thinks - maybe they're just crap at accounts.

A part of me thinks it's a way of deliberately dodging tax.

A part of me thinks, well, I'm not paying anything upfront - I've got nothing to lose if they go bust.

But I also think they might turn up on the day they are due to start and say they can't do anything without money for materials, etc etc and then drag it all out and I end up paying day by day and having a thoroughly miserable and worrying experience.

specialsubject Sun 23-Nov-14 14:42:02

I think that is exactly what will happen. Good on you for checking.

don't walk away. Run!

wowfudge Sun 23-Nov-14 14:49:23

It is a criminal offence not to file company accounts with Cos House. The registrar has obviously contacted them with a view to striking the company off for persistently failing in its filing obligations. If this had been suspended they have an opportunity to rectify things. Doesn't say much for how they run their affairs. Don't give them your money.

mumblesdad Sun 23-Nov-14 14:55:21

When we had our windows and doors changed recently, I made a short list of companies after 8 quotes. Then I did a check on them online and only choose between the two companies that had been trading more than 10 years and their accounts were up to date. We are very happy with choice of company in the end.
It's worth looking to see if the company were trading under a different name prior to 2011 as that is how they shirk their guarantees

emptycoffers Sun 23-Nov-14 15:44:00

Thanks all - that's what I needed to hear - it's a shame because the salespeople we're actually nice and they've put lots of effort into the quote and answering queries - always quick to reply and everything.

But, if we went ahead with them, with big red flags and alarm bells like that, and it went pear-shaped, I'd never stop kicking myself.

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