What is a registered office?
A registered office
is basically an address of a company registered with Companies House. It works as the official address of that company, organisation or the legal entity. This is the address where letters and reminders from Companies House are sent. The registered office can be in England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland depending on where the company is registered. The registered office must be in the country of registration.
What are the benefits of a registered office?
First of all, it is a legal requirement to have a registered office if you want to run a limited company. The company must have an office with a valid postal address. All the statutory mail will be sent to this office. So, for official correspondence, such an office is a must. However, it does not have to be the place where the business is run.
This fact makes it possible for overseas entrepreneurs to run their business in the UK without having a physical base there. There are service providers who provide a registered office for such businessmen. These service providers also ensure that the post sent to this office are delivered to the respective individuals. This can be very beneficial for non-UK directors.
What are the legalities connected with a registered office?
There are certain legal requirements for a registered office which directors must consider if they want to have a company in the UK. First of all, the office should be registered with the Companies Registry. Secondly, the address provided as the registered office must be a real one. Thirdly, the name of the company must be displayed outside the office. Next, the company’s official paperwork must bear the address of the registered office. Then, any change to the registered office address must be submitted to the Companies House using form AD01