The UK Prime Minister’s announcement in March 2024 introduced proposed increases to the monetary thresholds defining company size. This initiative aims to simplify reporting requirements and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.

The following table provides a detailed comparison of the current and proposed thresholds for company size classification, with the financial measures being proposed to increase by 50% over the current limits:

Company SizeCurrent TurnoverProposed TurnoverCurrent Balance SheetProposed Balance SheetCurrent EmployeesProposed Employees*
Micro entities£632,000£1 million£316,000£500,00010 or fewer10 or fewer
Small companies£10.2 million£15 million£5.1 million£7.5 million50 or fewer50 or fewer
Medium-sized companies£36 million£54 million£18 million£27 million250 or fewer500 or fewer
Large companiesAbove £36 millionAbove £54 millionAbove £18 millionAbove £27 millionMore than 250More than 500

* Proposed employee numbers are subject to a future consultation later in 2024

As is currently the case, to satisfy the criteria to be a certain size, two out of the three above thresholds must be met in two consecutive years. In addition, a company will not qualify as a micro-entity, small or medium-sized company if it is ineligible or is part of an ineligible group, which includes publicly listed entities, or a business that undertakes insurance market activity.

Further changes which could be enacted include:

  • The removal of the requirement to present certain non-financial disclosures and strategic reports for medium-sized entities.
  • The removal of the option to file filleted accounts for small and micro-sized entities, as this proposal was included in the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act which was passed into law in October 2023.

The new thresholds are anticipated to be applicable for financial years starting on or after 1 October 2024.

The proposed increase in company size thresholds is a strategic move designed to remove much of the red tape surrounding the UK’s business environment. Here are some of the key benefits that businesses can expect:

  • Simplified reporting requirements, especially for those companies that fall into the smaller company threshold limits. This will reduce the administrative time for those businesses to comply with their statutory requirements.
  • Financial savings arising from the reduced administrative burden, and potential savings from lesser audit requirements, especially those that then fall to be exempt from mandatory statutory audits.
  • A greater focus on core activities, with resources that had been previously tied-up with compliance and administrative tasks being redeployed to the core activities of the business.

Should you wish to discuss the proposed changes to the company size threshold regime, and how this may impact your business, please get in touch with one of the Magma experts.

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