smallbusiness.co.uk: Helping your business think big

Email a Friend

To what address should I register my business?

I am going to start up a new business. I don't want to register my home address, although I will be using my home as my office. What are my options and can I do this?

The company's Registered Office address can be anywhere in England or Wales (if that is where the company is registered), and does not need to be the same address as the company carries on business from. The Registered Office must be a physical location, and not a P.O. Box number. Many professional firms, eg. Accountants, Solicitors, providers of Company Secretarial Services and Company Formation Agents will offer the use of their address as a Registered Office, for a fee. Fees for this service can vary enormously, so it is worth shopping around.

If you do not wish your home address to be shown on the public record at all, you have the option to provide a Service Address on filing your appointment as a Director. This can be any address, not necessarily in the UK, but must be an address where: (i) the service of documents can be effected by physical delivery; and (ii) the delivery of documents is capable of being recorded by the obtaining of an acknowledgement of delivery. You must still notify your home address to Companies House (and any changes to it), but if you have provided an alternative Service Address your home address will remain confidential. If Companies House have reason to believe that you cannot be contacted via your service address, they retain the right to place your last-notified home address on the public record.

See also: Choosing your business address

Related topics: Premises, Registered office

Previous article

Business is child's play

Next article

The essential IT tools for small businesses

Post a comment

Related

News | Outlook

Is your business IQ up to scratch?

News | Management

Seminars to address issues currently facing owner-managed businesses

News | Management

How to win new business

News | Outlook

Get your business up and running

Small Business Offers

More from Small Business

Financing a Business
Working with foreign currencies in your accounts  

Working with foreign currencies in your accounts  

FreeAgent's Emily Coltman highlights some of the basics of doing business in multiple currencies. ...  

Running a Business
The entrepreneur perspective on getting to 50 employees 

The entrepreneur perspective on getting to 50 employees 

Richard Healy discusses how to navigate the road to acquiring the right staff for your...  

News
Consumers happy to share personal data with brands

Consumers happy to share personal data with brands

UK consumers are 'surprisingly relaxed' about sharing their data with businesses, research finds. ...  

Blog
Small businesses find the going tough in modern economy

Small businesses find the going tough in modern economy

More than three quarters of SME leaders are not confident in the steady recovery of...