View Full Version : Need a business address.

29-12-2011, 03:33 PM

Getting ready to launch an internet based business.
As it is a online shop so I will need a business address for the website but don't want to put the my home address - any alternative addresses I can use?

Any suggestions?


29-12-2011, 06:19 PM

I think you should then get an office or a virtual office

29-12-2011, 08:43 PM
As a Sole Trader or partnership that could present a problem as you must display your address on all company paperwork, furthermore under the DSR it must now be on your website

I would suggest you obtain a Royal Mail PO Box number, add the parcel facility and Mail Collect (both of which are free)
That way if any customers need to return stock to you it goes there
You just need to remember to visit the local Sorting Office on a regular basis, and if you ask them which day and time is best (my local is between and 06:00 and 08:00, Mon - Sat, which is perfect for me)

02-01-2012, 12:39 PM
Mailboxes Etc (http://www.mbe.co.uk/) have shops in most uk towns and cities. Might be a inconvenient or even expensive option but it would get you started. Obviously, once you get warehousing or storage of some kind elsewhere, you'd want to use this address.

02-01-2012, 12:51 PM
Another great concept that seems to be cropping up is office sharing - perhaps you can find someone who is willing to share their office with you for a heavily discounted rate. Alternatively virtual offices are a great idea.

James Smith
02-01-2012, 12:52 PM
I would avoid PO boxes personally for a main mailing address, they have a "fly by night" reputation but would be suitable for returns etc if you are dealing in physical products.

If you have a local small business centre they may have mail facilities available to hire along with meeting rooms etc.

Most small businesses do end up just using their home address as its much simpler, cheaper and less hassle all round (if you have an alternative one you will be forever spending time trotting too and fro to check you mail). It does depend on what sort of business you run, but most of the time its the best option.


27-11-2012, 11:28 AM

I think you should then get an office or a virtual office

I agree with you,
Going with virtual office would be good option for you. With virtual office registration you can get address of registered office in scotland (http://www.bluesquareoffices.com/registered-office-scotland.html).

27-11-2012, 03:11 PM
A virtual office could be ideal in this situation. We wrote a short article on virtual offices a while ago which can be read at http://bit.ly/nLDUoT

We usually find that local providers offer best service and value when compared against some of the national virtual or serviced office providers.

Good luck with the business!

27-11-2012, 04:30 PM
Hi, I got my address through the chamber of commerce and its 18 per month for an office address in my city and they forward my mail to me.

I can also have meetings etc there if I want and for me it works better than some dodgy looking forwarding addresses out there. Contact your local chamber of commerce and they should be able to help you out.

Here is the UK website http://www.britishchambers.org.uk/