Registered Office address
Every company must have a registered office. The registered office must be a physical location where notices, letters and reminders can be delivered to the company. The registered office does not need not be the place where the company carries on its day-to-day business so it could, for example, be your accountant's address. If the address is not effective for delivering documents, the company could risk being struck off the register or wound up by a creditor.
If any person you deal with in the course of your business requests in writing the address of your registered office, or the location where they can inspect your company records, or details of the records that you keep at your registered office, you must respond within five working days.
When you apply to incorporate your company you must state whether your company's registered office is to be situated in England and Wales, in Wales (a "Welsh" company), in Scotland or in Northern Ireland. The address of your registered office must also be in the same country as its situation.
If there are restrictions that prohibit the use of your residential address or you do not want it appear on a public register, you can subscribe and use our registered office address service for a nominal annual fee.
What is an Officer Service address?
Recent changes to the Companies Act saw the introduction of an officers service address. This service address allows Directors to nominate an alternative address that then appears on their public file at Companies House, whilst their residential address remains protected information. A director may choose to use their residential address as their service address in which case it will be available on the public register.
For Directors without an alternative service address you can subscribe to our officer address service for just £25 per annum or we provide this service for FREE when you take up our annual registered office address facility.
What is the difference between Trading Address and Registered Office?
Your trading address and Registered Office address do not need to be the same. Whilst every UK Limited Company must have a registered office in the UK, the trading address can be anywhere in the world.
Director(s) & Secretary
What is the minimum number of officers a company requires?
Private companies: The Companies Act 2006 requires a private company to have at least one director. However, a company's articles of association could impose a higher minimum requirement. At least one director must be an individual. A private company does not need to have a secretary unless the company's articles of association require it.
Public companies: A public company must have at least two directors and a secretary. At least one director must be an individual. The secretary of a public company must be qualified (click here for additional information)
Can anyone be a company director? It is up to the members to appoint the directors who will run the company on their behalf. The only restrictions that prevent anyone becoming a director are:
- they must not have been disqualified from acting as a company director (unless the court has given them permission to act for a particular company)
- they must not be an undischarged bankrupt (unless they have been given permission by the court to act for a particular company)
- they must not be under the age of 16
A private Limited company is required to have a minimum of one person or corporate owning at least one share.
A public Limited company is required to have a minimum of two persons or corporates owning the minimum requirement of allotted share capital.