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I have been contracting via my own personal services company since 2009. I have been on maternity leave since June 2013 (fully salaried by my company except for the period I received Statutory Maternity Pay). I have just been offered an 8 week contract by a City institution, but am having no end of hassle with the agency they are using to complete all the relevant security/credit checks as they seem to fail to understand the difference between contractors working via a limited company and PAYE employees.
I am now retired. When I retired I closed my company with the aid of my accountant, with HMRC approval and of course paid all the necessary taxes etc. I left a previous accountant because he failed to submit my PAYE P35 etc. on time and the company received a penalty of £400. The fine was in respect of the year end April 2007. The company was dissolved officially in November 2008 as per records at Companies House.