You can move your entire business and operations from Scotland to England. You can run your company from anywhere in the world so you can move to another UK jurisdiction or overseas. However, you cannot change your company’s country of incorporation. If it’s registered in Scotland, it will always be a Scottish company, and your registered office must stay in Scotland. It’s not really a big issue so it’s nothing to worry about.
Updating addresses when you move
- Residential address: If you are a director, you must inform Companies House of your new ‘usual residential address’. This information will not be placed on public record unless you use your home as your service address.
- Service address: As a director, secretary or person with significant control (PSC) of the company, you may want to register a new service address in England to receive official government mail from governing agencies, such as Companies House, HMRC and Department of Work and Pensions. However, this is not a legal requirement. If you have a professional service address already, you can keep receiving your mail there and get it forwarded to your new home address. It’s entirely up to you. If you do change your service address, you must inform Companies House as soon as possible.
- Registered office: The registered office of your company can remain the same or you can change it to another one in Scotland. That’s the extent of it. If you use a professional registered office service, you can continue to use it and have your official government mail forwarded to your new address in England.
- Business address: If you have an existing business address in Scotland that is used by clients, suppliers, investors and other third parties, remember to tell them if you change it. Alternatively, you could keep your Scottish business address for existing contacts and then set up an English one for new clients and contacts. Again, it is simply a matter of preference but it could get confusing if you have multiple business addresses for a small company.
Depending on the type of business you have and your long-term plans, you may have to consider whether the operational activities of your company will also move to England and whether your suppliers will change as a result. If this is a possibility, you should refer to your existing contracts and agreements to see where you stand in this respect.
On the other hand, you may not need or want to alter your existing trading location and business arrangements – your operations may be able to remain exactly the same, with the only difference being your place of residence.
Rapid Formations services
Should you require changing any of your company’s details, our Online Admin Portal can be used free of charge – simply sign in or create a new account to update your company details online and report changes to Companies House. We also provide a range of company addresses in London and Glasgow, including a Registered Office, a Service Address and a Business Address, all of which include mail forwarding.