If you are an Irish company owner or director, you must have one company secretary named on legal documentation. This role is appointed when setting up a company in Ireland and can be changed anytime.
Why stress over paperwork and regulatory intricacies when you can have peace of mind? Our experts will handle all your compliance needs, giving you more time to focus on what truly matters – growing your business.
In this guide, we discuss the benefits of hiring a company secretary professional to look after your company’s Annual Return Deadline and other compliance matters with the Companies Registration Office. We also explain the differences between our two service offerings: Named Company Secretary and Company Secretarial Maintenance, so you can ensure you are getting the correct level of service for your needs.
Benefits of hiring a company secretarial professional
Your company’s compliance is looked after
You can be confident that your company will meet its corporate obligations, such as minutes of board meetings and keeping an updated company register.
Your Annual Return will be looked after
We will help you avoid penalties from the CRO by keeping track of your Annual Return Deadline (ARD).
There are no surprises in what you need to pay us. We have fixed fees for our Company Secretarial service, which are renewed annually.
Professional company secretary advice
We can help you with post-registration changes and corporate governance advice. Additional charges may apply
Dedicated support from Company Team
You don’t have to rely on one person to act as your company secretary. We have a team of professionals that can help you.
More time to focus on your company
Outsourcing to a company secretarial professional means you have more time to focus on growing your business.
Difference between the company secretary and an accountant
Having a company secretary is a legal requirement under the provisions of the Companies Act 2014. They are not required to have any formal qualifications. However, the directors must ensure that the company secretary has the skills to perform their duties. Mainly, the company secretary looks after preparing and submitting Form B1 Annual Return to the Companies Registration Office (CRO). Additionally, they ensure that Annual General Meetings (AGM) are properly convened and documented, maintaining the company’s compliance with statutory requirements.
While not legally required, hiring an accountant is crucial for businesses. Collaboration between the director, company secretary, and accountant is necessary, especially for the Annual Return Deadline filing. Many businesses outsource financial responsibilities to a qualified accountant who manages tax and VAT registration, accounts preparation, and tax returns.
Our Company Secretarial Services
Named Company Secretary
Stay CRO-compliant: Trust our certified professionals to manage your company's legal requirements.
Our team of trained professionals work to ensure your company remains compliant with the CRO. Our team of chartered and certified professionals includes ICSA-certified secretaries and expert company formation agents. We have the skills and experience to keep you compliant and make sure you avoid a missed Annual Return Deadline.
Rachel is a certified company secretary from The Law Society College Dublin and currently leads the Company Secretarial Team at Accountant Online. Areas of expertise include Company Formation in Ireland and the UK, Company Secretarial procedures and regulations, and the Companies Act 2014 relating to small business and company directors.