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Virtual office VS Registered Office

There are many advantages of using a virtual office space for small businesses, startups or entrepreneurs operating without a commercial business premise. For those who are home-based or remote working, a virtual office can be used as a registered office or address – providing it complies with the Companies Act 2006.

We have outlined the difference between the two, so you can make the right choice for your business needs.

What is a virtual office?

A virtual office allows enables you to work whenever and wherever you desire, whilst benefitting from the professional image and tech that comes with being based in a traditional office. When renting a virtual office, you are renting services that can be provided and accessed whilst being based remotely – not an actual office space to work in.

What is included in a virtual office?

Depending on the virtual office space you select, an overview of services can include:

  • A registered office address
  • Mail handling and forwarding
  • Call handling and forwarding
  • Conference room hire
  • Video conferencing

What is a registered office?

A registered office is an official correspondence address that every limited company is legally required to provide, during the incorporation process and throughout the existence of the company. It must be in the same UK country where the company is registered, however it does not need to be in the same country in which the business carries out its trading activities.

What is the purpose of a registered address?

The purpose of a registered address is to provide HMRC, Companies House and other government bodies with an official address for legal notices and statutory communications can be delivered securely. It also acts as a statutory registered address for public inspection, unless an alternative location is used for this purpose.

Virtual office space with Grosvenor House

Here at Grosvenor House, our virtual offices enable your business to create a commercial presence at a physical office, in a specific location – without the commitment or cost of maintaining a workplace.

With a variety of virtual packages and add-on services to choose from, we can elevate your business by providing you with 5* tailor-made solutions to help you run your business from anywhere in the world. Get in touch with us today to find out more.