The Registered Office
All UK limited companies must have a registered office address, which is a real address, which must be a physical location in the UK, not a PO Box. It is the address of a company to which Companies House letters and reminders and other official documents, such as forms from HMRC will be sent. The registered company address can be anywhere in England, Wales and Scotland (or Northern Ireland if your company is registered there).
However the registered office need not be a place where the company carries on its day-to-day business. For example, some companies use their formation agent or accountant’s address as their registered office. The directors are still responsible for ensuring their registered office is effective in terms of dealing with all notices, letters and reminders sent by Companies House or other organisations, businesses or individuals. For example, you could receive a legal demand from a creditor and you will need to respond promptly to avoid further action.
The registered office is also the location where the registers of the company are available for public inspection, including its register of members (CA2006 S114). If you keep your company registers at a different location other than the registered office you would need to file a SAIL Form (Single Alternate Inspection Location) at Companies House.
If you want we can manage the register maintenance element of the Registered Office Service for you, our licensed Company Secretaries will manage any changes for officers and shareholdings, updating your registers accordingly. The annual maintenance fee for the secretarial and register service is £100.00 + vat.
These services can be added to your order in the application process when completing the registered office section of the order form and in the additional services tab.