Companies House are currently taking a tougher stance to ensure that the business stationery of companies is meeting its requirements.
It is required that a company’s business stationery includes the following details:
- The company’s registered name as it appears on the certificate of incorporation, including the word ‘Ltd’ or ‘Limited’.
- The company registration number.
- The company’s registered office address. If this is different to the trading address, both should be shown.
- Country of registration.
- Names of the company’s directors are not required, but if you do decide to include them, all must be shown.
For documents such as invoices or order forms, only the company’s registered name is required. All forms of communication however, whether letters, emails or compliment slips which contain a message, must disclose the information set out above.
At present, Companies House will offer a warning before considering legal action. It is a criminal offence not to follow the rules on stationery however, so if a warning is not heeded, the company and each director could be liable to pay a fine of up to £1,000.
When designing business stationery, before considering layout or logos, the first thing you should do is ensure that all of these necessary pieces of information are included.
For further information, please contact Robert Nordon who will be happy to assist with any queries.