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How to determine the size of a company

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Published: 13 Sep 2022 Update History

There are four sizes of company to consider when preparing and filing accounts and reports in accordance with the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) - micro-entity, small, medium-sized and large.
The entitlement to a particular company size regime is determined by reference to criteria set out in CA 2006. Qualitative factors are used to establish whether a company is excluded from a regime because of its nature. For example, public companies and certain financial services companies cannot qualify as micro-entities, small, or medium-sized companies. There are also restrictions in certain group situations, for example, when a company is part of an ‘ineligible group’.

A company will additionally need to assess whether it qualifies for a regime by meeting the relevant size thresholds for turnover, balance sheet total (meaning the total of the fixed and current assets) and the average number of employees.

Small companies and micro-entities

There are special provisions available in CA 2006 for small companies and micro-entities when preparing and filing their annual accounts and reports.

For more information on the criteria for small companies visit Entitlement to the small companies regime.

For more information on the criteria for micro-entities visit Entitlement to the micro-entities regime.

For more information on the requirements and simplifications available to small companies and micro-entities, including some practical considerations to help you choose the right financial reporting regime according to your circumstances visit Small and micro-entity reporting – choosing the right regime.


Medium-sized companies

There are also some special provisions available to medium-sized companies when preparing their annual accounts and reports, for example, with regards to the information required in the strategic report and the directors’ report.

For more information on the criteria for medium-sized companies visit Entitlement to the medium-sized companies regime.


Large companies

Any companies that do not meet the criteria to be a micro-entity, or a small or medium-sized company, are large companies and are required to prepare and file full accounts.

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