Registered Directors Addresses At Companies House

I own a small retail business, trading as a limited company from premises on an industrial estate. I have in the past annoyingly received contact from suppliers at my home address who have obtained my details from Companies House. I understand that company law is now changing, will the changes prevent this in the future?

1st October 2009

Yes, provisions coming into force on 1st October 2009 in the Companies Act 2006 will allow you to set out a service address as well as your usual residential address. The service address may be the companyís registered office, or somewhere different. Companies will have to maintain two registers of directors, one of which will contain a service address for each director and the other register will detail the residential address of each director (this will be protected information).

Home addresses will not be put on public record by the Registrar of Companies after 30 September 2009. Companies House will still hold a register of residential addresses, but access will be very strictly limited (eg liquidators, the police, HM Revenue & Customs and credit reference agencies)

There is an obvious advantage of registering a service address, so it is important you speak with your accountant to find out how you can take advantage of this change in the law.

By Jo Nockels

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