What is a registered office and why do you need one?

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There are many companies are being started out on a daily basis. Many young entrepreneurs and businessmen are confused about the registered office. Their most common concern is why do they need one, and whether a registered office is the same as a mailing address. So in this article, we will discuss why do you need a registered office address in the UK.

What is a registered office address?

When starting a limited company, or a limited liability partnership in the UK, By law you are required to register the company at a nominated address. If you register a company in England and Wales then the registered office must be there too. it can’t be another location. Your registered address will then be displayed on any public records relating to your company. The same address will be used by Companies House and HMRC as your correspondence address.

Is a registered office address the same as a mailing address?

This is totally up to you. If your mailing address fulfills the requirements of an office address, the two addresses can be one and the same. Some people prefer to have their registered office address at one place and their mailing address elsewhere, based on the needs of their business. They do this because they may want a different business address to use on their website if it’s more local, or more prestigious than their registered office address. Also, your home address can be used as a registered office address, but you may not want that to be the address you use on your website.

Where can my registered office be located?

There are no restrictions in this regard and you can use any physical address for your registered office address. But remember you cannot use a PO Box number or, for legal services, a DX Exchange number. You have many other options that you can use though. Your decision is totally based on whether you want to publically share a particular address. The best place to use as your registered office address is definitely the actual office address. For home-based businesses, the best option is to use a virtual office mailing address.

Can I use my virtual office address as my registered office?

As you may know that a virtual office isn’t classified as a PO Box, so you should be able to use your virtual office mailing address as your registered office. But you need to make sure that the mail is delivered to a physical building, and your business name is displayed. You need to confirm this with the virtual office service provider before you buy a virtual office address. The part of the virtual office is that you can protect your privacy if you run your business from home. This option is very flexible and you the option to change easily as you grow.

How do I change my registered office address?

If you want to change your registered office address then it is a very easy process. You just need to visit the Companies House website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/change-a-registered-office-address-ad01 and complete form AD01.

The process can be completed online and very quickly.

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