Choosing a registered office.
What's it for?
Every company must have as registered office.
It is the address to which any formal communications may be
It is the address that Companies House will use to send reminders
and annual return forms etc.
It must be a physical location - as opposed to a post office
box- because people have the right to visit it (to inspect certain
registers and other documents) and deliver documents by hand.
Does it HAVE to be at the business premises?
No, but it CAN be the company's business premises. Alternatively
it could be a private address, or a solicitor's or an accountant's
office. The important thing is to ensure that, wherever it is,
documents kept there must be available for inspection and mail
sent there must receive attention.
Where can it be situated?
The registered office can be anywhere within the area stated
in the company's memorandum. For a company incorporated in England
and Wales, this will usually be England and Wales, but it may
just be Wales. For a company incorporated in Scotland, it must
If accounts and annual returns become overdue and subsequent
letters from Companies House are ignored, this could lead to
the company being struck off the register and dissolved on the
basis that it appears not to be carrying on business or otherwise
in operation. Its assets would subsequently pass to the Crown!
Companies House produce a number of publications which may
Companies Registration Office
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