How To Choose The Best Options Between Mail Forwarding UK And Registered Office For Your Business

It’s a question that comes up time and time again for business owners across the UK; what’s the difference between the registered office and a mail forwarding UK service? It’s a fair question considering the amount of addresses that British businesses sometimes need to provide (especially limited companies). Let’s take a look at the major differences.

The Registered Office

Now this address is only relevant for UK limited companies — so if your business is not operating as a limited company, you can skip this part altogether! The registered office is the official address of a limited company and where government mail from bodies such as Companies House, HMRC and Government Gateway will be sent.

Because the address is on the public register many business owners choose to use a non-residential address as their company’s registered office (having a residential address as the registered office is allowed though).

A company need not trade from the registered office nor does anyone from the company need to be based there, just as long as the official government mail is forwarded onto the company directors. The other stipulations are:

  • The registered office must be based in the UK
  • The landlord of the property must give permission to use the address

Mail Forwarding UK

A mail forwarding service means that a business can have mail sent to another address — other than their own — and then have it forwarded onto them. This is handy for people that:

  • Want to hide the fact their business is home-based
  • Want to protect their address (ie not have customers turn up on their doorstep
  • Want to give added credibility to their business (mail forwarding UK services are normally based at prestigious addresses or in prestigious areas)

A mail forwarding service can be used by a limited company, sole traders — or even individuals.

For more information on how a mail forwarding UK service can help your business, see here:

Originally published at on May 26, 2016.

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