What’s the difference between the Registered Office and the Service Address?

When forming a limited company multiple addresses are requested by Companies House (the UK’s registrar of companies). It’s no surprise that it’s an area of confusion for budding entrepreneurs.

One of the most common questions that come up when looking into a UK limited company formation is; what’s the difference between the Registered Office and Service Address? Well let’s take a look.

The Registered Office

This is the official address for a limited company and where government bodies (such as HMRC, Companies House and Government Gateway) will send official mail for the company. A company need not conduct any actual business activity from the address, nor does anyone from the business actually have to be based there.

The only stipulations are that the address must be based in the UK, the landlord has given permission for the address to be used as a Registered Office and that any official mail that is sent to the address is forwarded onto the company directors. One final thing worth noting is that the address is on the public register — meaning that it’s publically accessible information.

The Service Address

Now this is very similar to the Registered Office, but instead of being the official address for the company, it’s the official address for the company directors. Once again, government mail (this time for the directors) will be sent to the address. The directors need not conduct any actual business activity from the address, nor do they have to be based there. The address can be anywhere in the world.

The only stipulations are the landlord has given permission for the address to be used as a Service Address and that any official mail that is sent to the address is forwarded onto the company directors. Again, it’s worth noting that the address is on the public register — meaning that it’s publically accessible information.

Are you interested in finding out more about UK company formation? Visit www.companiesmadesimple.com for information on how to start, run and grow a business.

Originally published at www.turnonyourbrand.net.

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