Virtual addresses explained by CSnotepad of Brighton & Hove, Sussex, South East, UK

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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Many businesses utilise virtual addresses to solve a variety of problems:

• Sole traders or partnerships are able to obtain a city address for a fraction of the cost of renting office space.
• Home workers may prefer not to use their home address for customer correspondence.
• Businesses with an existing address can increase their geographical reach by appearing in additional locations.
• Foreign companies can provide a national presence.

How do virtual addresses work?

A virtual address is different to a serviced office, in the sense that you don’t actually rent floor or desk space. You pay a small monthly charge to make use of a business address on your letterhead, website, advertising material, etc… When your letters or packages are delivered to your virtual address, they can be held for collection, forwarded to you via post, or scanned and emailed to you.

Can a virtual address be used as a limited company registered address?

Yes a virtual address service can be used by a business as their registered office address at Companies House. The virtual address can also be used as a personal address for the company directors at Companies House rather than them having to have their home addresses in the public domain.

How much does a virtual address cost?

Virtual address cost in summary:
Obviously prices vary between companies but our monthly subscriptions start from just £24.99 per month to use our business address as your own. Our Standard service, which includes 30 letters forwarded free per month is £34.99. If you think you may have a lot more than this, give us a call and we’ll be pleased to provide a bespoke quote.

As most clients use a virtual address service for their business long term, we offer a discount of 5 months free when you pay annually.

Virtual address cost in detail (mail collection & forwarding):
If you are local to the area, you may collect your post from us free of charge. Your monthly subscription will be £24.99.
If you are not local, we offer mail forwarding. On our pay as you go plan we charge 75p per item of mail forwarded plus the cost of posting. On our standard plan your first 30 letters are included free of charge, you just pay for the cost of postage. Beyond your first 30, additional letters are 50p per letter plus postage.

We are able to sign for parcels on your behalf. If you require mail forwarding of parcels via recorded delivery or courier we charge £1.50 per item plus the cost of the postage or courier.

We can forward your mail internationally if required. Please note this is a ‘letter only’ business address service, we cannot ship goods or packages overseas. An additional £30 postage deposit is required for this service.

Virtual address cost in detail (mail scanned & emailed):
If you would like to have your mail opened, scanned and emailed to you rather than posted to you then you can use our scan to email service. The cost of this service is £29.99 per month and includes having 20 pages per month scanned and emailed to you. After emailing you your post we will destroy it, or we can either hold it for you to collect at a later date or we can forward it to you post (mail forwarding charges will apply).

On our scan to email service, you may still receive parcels which we are able to sign for on your behalf. For each parcel we receive for you on our scan to email service there is a handling charge of £1.50. You may then either collect your parcels or they can be forwarded on to you by courier.

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