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Registering Your Company Address

Registering Your Company Address

So, you’ve come up with an awesome idea, chosen your company name; (even checked it with Companies House!) you’re all ready to get started and then you hit a difficult little snag. As you register on Companies House you realise you need to put a registered address for the business. You’re a new start-up and running it from your home so don’t yet have business premises. What do you do? Just put your home address, right? It’s the only thing you can do, isn’t it?

No! 

There are several ways you can approach this problem, however, before we go on to discuss those, let’s think about why it’s something that must be carefully considered. 

The biggest reason is privacy; with a Limited Company set up, Companies House requires you to register with them and keep them updated with all your business information. It also holds records of the company directors’ details. Now you might be thinking “so what if my details are held privately by Companies House?” but we never said they were private! 

Basic information about all companies in the UK is held by Companies House and available for view by the public. This basic information also includes your companies registered addressso, if you used your home address then anyone in the UK can find out where you live and turn up on your doorstep. Not a very appealing thought, right? 

So how do you get around this? 

The most obvious answer is to get business premises; unfortunately, this is not an option for most startups who usually do not have the level of funds that would allow them to get a business office. 

Another solution is to use a virtual address. Now, despite the name, virtual addresses do actually exist and mostly will receive post just like any other address. The virtual part means that your business doesn’t actually operate there; instead, the address is used as a reference point for your business. This often helps give new start-ups a more professional image than having the registered address as the director’s home. 

Many companies offer virtual addresses with a variety of services included such as: 

  • Forwarding certain types of mail 
  • Digitally forwarding your mail 
  • Using the address on registry platforms such as Companies House 

You usually cannot visit this address for any reason; it is purely for the purpose of receiving mail and having a professional location from which your business is registered. You will pay rent on this address and prices can vary. But what about if you don’t want to do this? 

Registering at your accountant’s address. Many start-up companies register their company address with their accountant as there are several advantages to this; 

  • Your accountant will receive your statutory business mail e.g. letters from HMRC and Companies House and can jump right onto resolving any issues. 
  • Your personal address remains hidden from the public ensuring that you have complete privacy without the risk of unhappy clients turning up during the family dinner. 
  • You won’t have to pay the rent fees associated with a virtual address. 

 

Not all accountants will agree to this, however, the good news for you is that we will! 

Want more information about how we can help with your limited company accounts? Drop us an enquiry, email or give us a call

  

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