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Register of companies (UK)

A register kept at Companies House. All companies must file certain documents with the Registrar of Companies before they can obtain a certificate of incorporation. Companies may be struck off the register if the Registrar has reasonable cause for believing that they are not in business. He ascertains this by sending a letter. If he receives no reply within a month, he sends-a registered letter. After another month, if there is still no reply, or if the company replies that it is not in business, he may notify it that it is to be struck off the register, unless good reason can be given why this should not be done. The company will then be dissolved after three months. Notice that the company has been struck off must be published in the London Gazette or, where applicable, the Edinburgh or Belfast Gazette.

Reference: The Penguin Business Dictionary , 3rd edt.