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Forming a company:

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 sent.
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 be Scotland.


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!

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Companies House
Companies Registration Office
Companies House
Crown Way
Cardiff CF4 3UZ
Tel: (029) 2038 8588

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