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What is a registered office?

This is the official address of a limited company or LLP. It must be a physical address situated in the UK jurisdiction in which you form your company - PO Box numbers are not permitted.

Why do I need a registered office?

All companies are legally required to have one. This is the address where all statutory mail from Companies House and HMRC will be sent, and any other legal notices that may be issued to a company. Additionally, the company’s statutory registers and records should also be stored here, unless a Single Alternative Inspection Location (SAIL) address is in use.

Can I use my home or business address as the registered office address?

You may use your home or business address, but the registered office address will be displayed on public record and the company's stationery. For this reason, many people choose not to use either of those addresses.

Can my registered office address be anywhere in the world?

It must be in the UK. It also has to be in the same jurisdiction in which the company is registered – England and Wales, Wales only, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

What is the difference between a registered office and a trading (business) address?

A registered office address is the official address of a company for use by Companies House and HMRC, and it must be in the UK. A trading (business) address is where a company conducts its business, and this can be anywhere in the world.

Is the registered office address displayed on public record?

Yes. Its location has to be made available for everyone to access, so it will be displayed on public record.

Where should a registered office address be displayed?

It must appear on all forms of company stationery and official paperwork, including letterheads and invoices. It should also be displayed on a company’s website and digital correspondence.

Do you offer a registered office service?

Rapid Formations can provide a registered office address in London or Glasgow. This service can be purchased as an add-on to any of our company formation packages.

This service can also be purchased separately by registering as a client on our website. Please call our support team at 020 7871 9990 for more information on our registered office services.

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