Can a virtual office be used as a registered office?

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Virtual offices are a great option for new business owners that want an attractive business address without the expense. More than just an address to promote, many people use these locations for a variety of reasons that benefit their company and support their growth. Often people ask us whether their virtual office can be used for registering their company with Companies House. Here we aim to clear this question up.

Firstly, I think it would be a good idea to lay out exactly when you need a registered address.

You only need to register your business – and get a registered address – if you are setting up a limited company in the UK. In this scenario, you have to by law inform HMRC’s Companies House of the business and give them a physical UK address. This needn’t be the address you work at, nor the address you put on your website, invoices and promotional materials. This is purely the address that Companies House will use to send your official letters. 

Because of this, many of our customers ask if they can use their virtual office as their registered address. And the answer is yes. You can use a virtual office as a registered address. Although this is not true of every virtual office, 

Some virtual office addresses simply do not accept this add-on service. In each individual case, it is a good idea to contact your provider and check for availability. Where it is available, you should never pay much more than £5 a month for the service.

For more information about virtual offices and registered addresses, as well as the call answering, virtual reception and other services we offer, please contact us on 0161 854 0669.