The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 comes into force on 1st October 2008.

Basically, a company must display its registered name at every location at which it carries on business as well as its registered office and any place at which company records are available for inspection in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Acts.

Often a company‘s registered office will be at its accountant‘s offices and so the company may only display its trading name at its business premises. From 1st October this will be illegal and failure to comply may result in the Company and its Directors being liable to a fine. Fortunately, if you are a Director of a Company and work from home there is an exception which states that you don‘t need to display the registered name if the location from which you operate is primarily used for living accommodation.

The Company‘s registered name must also appear on:

  1. its business letters, notices and other official publications;
  2. order forms, promissory notes, endorsements and bills of exchange;
  3. Company cheques;
  4. Orders for money, goods or services;
  5. Invoices and other demands for payment, receipts and letters of credit;
  6. Applications for licences to carry on a trade or activity; and
  7. All other forms of business correspondence and documentation and its website(s).

In addition the Company must also state:

  1. the part of the United Kingdom in which it is registered (e.g. England and Wales);
  2. the Company‘s registered number; and
  3. the Company‘s registered office address on all its business letters, order forms and websites.

Source: The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 SI NO. 495

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