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Why is a Registered office for sole directors and not for a sole trader?

Are you a Sole Trader or Sole Director?

Updated July 2016.

A registered office address is a service that is designed for private Ltd Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. The registered office service is also useful if you have a sole director company registered at Companies House.  Our registered office address service is a useful tool to have and is designed to replace the directors private residential address details and protect it from public display via Companies House while providing a premium business address.

This is different to a sole trader. A sole trader is not a registered company and does not need a registered office address as they will not be listed on the Companies House public records.

I am a sole trader, so why can’t I use your registered office in London?

  • Sole Traders are not legally required to register their business at Companies House.
  • You will not receive any post from Companies House so again a registered office address is not needed.
  • There is no public register for sole traders at Companies house so your address is off record.
  • HMRC will send you post, but this would be to your usual business address (this is not searchable via Companies House)

What mailing services can I use as a Sole Trader?

If you are a sole trader then we would strongly recommend that you use our mail forwarding in London service. This is a great service for businesses who wish to present a prestigious London address as their main trading address. You can read more on the benefits of our mail forwarding service here. As the name suggests, we are able to forward all the post that comes in for your business to an address of your choice.

This is an excellent service for businesses as it helps protect your residential address and gives the impression you are a well established business through having a prestigious London address for your business correspondence.

Why use us? are leaders in Virtual Office & Company Formation Services. Our services have been tried and tested over our many years of expert provision, and they can really help to benefit a variety of businesses from startups to SME’s.

If you are unsure of what you need please do get in touch with our knowledgeable and experienced customer service team who are on hand ready to take your call. Our fully trained London based staff will be happy to talk you through your options.

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