Stationery legal requirements

On business stationery, apart from your company name and address, include all telephone numbers, fax numbers, emails and website addresses, if applicable. It's also advisable to include mobile phone numbers, especially on business cards, and even occasionally home telephone numbers, depending on the nature of the business.

There are also a number of legal requirements for printed stationery, depending on the type of business you run.

There is no requirement for Sole Traders to register a business name. They can trade under their own names or choose a different business name. However, if as a sole trader you choose something other than your own name for the business, you will have to include your own name and the business address on all business letters, orders and receipts.

Partnerships must state on letters, orders, invoices and receipts the names of all partners and the address of the principal office or alternatively indicate where a list of partners may be inspected.

Limited companies must show the name of the company, the country of registration, the company registration number, the address of the registered office and the address of its place of business, if different. There is no need to list the names of the company directors, but if you do, all must be shown. Invoices must show at least the company name.

VAT registered companies

If your company is VAT registered, your invoices must state your VAT registration number. Include your bank details on invoices to aid quicker payment by BACS (bank transfer). Include the account name, number and sort code.

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