When setting up a limited company you need to provide quite a bit of information. One such piece of information is a registered office address. But what exactly is a registered office? Why do you need one? What are the registered office address requirements? And can a ‘virtual office’ help you? Let’s take a look.
What exactly is a registered office?
The registered office is a limited company’s official address. It’s where government bodies such as HMRC and Companies House will send official mail. As this would suggest, the registered office address is on the public register. This means anyone can find out your company’s registered office totally free of charge.
Why do you need a registered office?
Simple. Every company must have a point of contact, a place where official documents can be served.
What are the registered office requirements?
Any United Kingdom address can be used as a company’s registered office, including residential addresses (more on this in a bit). The only requirements are that:
- You have permission to use the address as a registered office address
- Any official government mail that is sent to the address is forwarded onto company directors
Your company does not have to carry out any business activity from the registered office, nor does anyone from the company have to work or live at the address.
How can a ‘virtual office’ help you?
Some virtual office providers allow you to use their address as your company’s registered office. This can help you two ways. Firstly, it helps you keep your home address off of the public register — therefore protecting your privacy (no one wants customers turning up on their doorstep). Secondly, it can help your business make a good impression. For example, if you find a virtual office provide who offers a registered address London, you’re placing your company in the heart of the UK’s startup scene.
There you have it, everything you need to know about a limited company’s registered office address, and more.
Source: Abcr News