Business address

What is a business address?

A business address is the address where your business is situated and can be contacted by customers, suppliers, service providers and other general business associates and third parties. It is essentially the contact address you use for deliveries, non-statutory business mail and customer returns. If you have a shop or office, for example, this would be your business address. If you have multiple trading locations throughout the UK and abroad, you will have several business addresses.

Do I have to provide a business address for Companies House?

A business address is not a legal requirement, so there is no need to provide this information for Companies House when you incorporate a company or limited liability partnership. You only need to provide a registered office address and service address for Companies House, because this information is placed on public record.

What is the purpose of a business address?

A business address can be used for many different reasons:

  1. Creating a professional image - particularly relevant if you work from home.
  2. Protecting the privacy of your home.
  3. If you run a limited company or LLP, a business address will be used to receive non-statutory, general business correspondence from anyone other than Companies House and HMRC.
  4. If you are a sole trader, a business address will be used to receive official and general business mail from HMRC, clients, banks, business contacts and other third parties.
  5. Product return address for customers.
  6. Accepting deliveries - materials, stock, equipment, etc.
  7. Receiving order forms, invoices, postal orders payments and cheques.

Where can my business address be situated?

A business address can be situated anywhere in the world. There are no restrictions, so you can use any address you like. You can also have multiple business addresses if you trade in more than one place or you want to attract more clients and expand your business.

What types of addresses can be used as a business address?

You can use any kind of address that you have permission to use, including:

  • Your home address
  • Your trading address - the address where the majority of your business activities take place
  • The registered office address of your company or LLP
  • A PO Box or mailbox service from providers like UPS, FedEx and Mail Boxes Etc
  • A professional mail forwarding service from a company formation agent
  • Any other type of residential or non-residential address in the UK or overseas that you have permission to use

Should I use a residential or non-residential address?

You can use either type of address as a business address - it’s entirely up to you. Small business owners and entrepreneurs often use a residential address for this purpose because it’s convenient and affordable - especially for those who work from home. However, it is important to consider your privacy and the type of business image you want to establish.

Instead of using a home address, many people use a professional, non-residential business address. This type of address service is usually provided by company formation agents who offer the use of their business premises as a business address for limited companies and LLPs. A non-residential address enables you to protect the privacy of your home, create a credible and impressive corporate image, and minimise the risk of business contacts turning up at your private residence.

Can I have an overseas business address?

Yes, you can have a business address anywhere in the world. Unlike the rules for registered offices, there are no such restrictions for business addresses.

Can I have more than one business address?

Yes, you can have as many business addresses as you like in the UK and all around the world. If your business has any foreign branches, you would have a different business address for each branch. If you want to trade in different cities and/or countries, a business address is an effective way to create a professional presence and contact address at each location.

Can I change my business address?

Yes, you can change your business address whenever you like. There is no need to report any such changes to Companies House or HMRC, but you must notify your clients, suppliers, investors, service providers and other business contacts to ensure they can reach you at your new location.

Do I have to work from my business address?

There is no requirement for you to work from your business address. You can simply use a business address for general contact purposes and carry out your work elsewhere. It is entirely up to you. This is common practice for business owners who work from home. The use of a non-residential business address enables them to create a professional, credible image to the rest of the world.

What is the difference between a business address and a registered office?

A business address is where your business is situated or where you would like people to contact you - but it is not a legal requirement of company formation, nor is this type of address disclosed on public record. A registered office is the statutory mailing address and official inspection location of a limited company or LLP. This type of address is a legal requirement of company formation and is disclosed on public record. Read our Registered office address guidance page for more information about the requirements and restrictions of this type of address.

Can my business address be the same as my registered office address?

Yes, you can use the same address as a business address and a registered office, provided the nominated address meets all legal requirements of a registered office, and you have permission to use the address for both of these purposes. Many businesses use the same address for both purposes because it is the most practical and convenient choice.

What is the difference between a business address and a service address?

A business address is where your business is situated or where you would like people to contact you. It is not a legal requirement of company formation, nor is this type of address disclosed on public record. A service address is the statutory mailing address of an individual company director or LLP member, and this type of address is displayed on public record. Take a look at our Service Address guidance page for more information about the requirements and restrictions of this type of address.

Can my business address be the same as my service address?

Yes, you can use the same address as your business address and service address (and registered office), as long as the nominated address meets all legal requirements and you have permission to use it for these purposes.

Do I have to display any corporate information at my business address?

There is no legal requirement to disclose any corporate details at your business address, unless it is also used as the registered office of your company or LLP. Read our Registered office guidance page for information about the legal requirements of this type of address.

Are business addresses displayed on public record?

Unlike registered office and service address details, there is no need for you to provide your business address details for Companies House; therefore, your business address(es) will not be made available to the public on the official register of companies.

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