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The difference between a registered office and a trading address

Using your home as your registered office address? Even if you work from home, this means your address can easily be viewed on Companies House and will be visible on the public record.

It’s important to know the difference between the addresses you use day to day in business.

Registered office address

A registered office address is a legal requirement for all registered companies and partnerships incorporated in the UK. This is the official address registered with Companies House, HMRC and government bodies which will be used for communications, notices, reminders and legal correspondence.

A companies registered office address is shown on the public register, available to everyone.

Trading address

A trading / business address is where you conduct business from and will be the contact point for customers, banks, suppliers and other third parties. It doesn’t have to be the same as your registered office address.

Can I use my home as a registered office?

There is nothing to stop you using your home as your registered office address, but it is not advisable to. For privacy and professionalism, you should use a non-residential address.

Other reasons are:

· Ensuring your home address isn’t visible to any member of the public

· Avoid unwanted visitors and mail at your home

· Draws a line between work and home

· A home address will make you look smaller, less established and less professional

Only operate online? Don’t have a business premises? Don’t want your address to be used? We offer a registered office service for businesses and their directors. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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