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Where you actually are doesn’t have to be the address you use for you, or for your business. In this post we look at what our addresses can and can’t be used for and which might be best for you.
We offer a wide range of address options, I know what you’re thinking. ‘I’ve got an address. It’s where I am. Why would I need another one?’
There’s many situations where using a different address to the one where you live or work could be beneficial. If you’re in business, if you receive parcels, if you want to keep your address private, one of our addresses could be just what you need.
This guide aims to help you choose the right address for you and your circumstances:
A PO Box is a numbered address which keeps your real address private. If you run a business from home or simply want to keep your address private, a PO Box is a great option.
At UK Postbox, you can choose from PO Box addresses located in:
Facts to remember about PO Box addresses:
- Letters only – You can only receive letters at our PO Box addresses. However, if you want to receive parcels too, you can have them sent to your UK Postbox Courier Point Address (free with all accounts).
- Business correspondence address – Whether you run a business from home or a large business, a PO Box makes it easy to receive mail whilst protecting your privacy.
- Personal correspondence – Perhaps you travel around a lot, or just want to keep your home address out of the public domain. A static PO Box address can help you.
- Marketing campaigns – If you’re running a marketing campaign for your business, where customers have to post a coupon or competition entry back to you, a PO Box address makes it easy. It’s shorter for your customers to write, plus it keeps this mail separate from the rest of your business mail.
- Privacy – There are many reasons why you may not want people knowing where you or your business are. A PO Box address helps keep your address private and your correspondence separate.
- IMPORTANT – PO Box addresses cannot be used for Company registration. If you need to register your business then please use one of our Registered Office Addresses.
London Street Addresses
Our London Street Addresses are popular with businesses owners and individuals alike, they give you the prestige of having a London address without the usual overheads. Businesses, customers and clients naturally think a business is more established if they’re located in Central London rather than in the suburbs. For individuals it gives the impression you’re always in town, even if you’re actually not.
With UK Postbox, you can choose from addresses in these locations:
- North London (N13)
- South London (SW19)
- York Street (W1)
- Regent Street (W1)
Facts to remember about London Street Addresses:
- Letters only – like our PO Boxes, we can only receive letters at our London addresses. Don’t worry though, all of our accounts come with a free Courier Point Address for your parcels to go to.
- Personal correspondence address – Handy if you travel regularly, but want to receive your mail in one place.
- Business correspondence address – Receive all your business mail in one place.
- Privacy – If you want to keep your actual address out of the public domain
- Business trading address - Reap the rewards of showing your customers an address in prestigious Central London.
- Company Registration - All of our London Street Addresses can be used to register your business
Poole Street Address (BH16)
Our Poole address is by far our most flexible address. It can be used for ANY of the purposes we’ve listed on this page, which is what makes it one of our most popular!
Facts to remember about our Poole Street Address:
- Can be used for both letters AND parcels, it’s the only one you can use for both!
- Can be used as a Redirection Address
- Can be used as a Registered Office Address
- Can be used as a Directors Service Address
- Can be used as a Returns Address for online retailers
- Can be used as a correspondence address for both business and personal use
If you’re looking for a super flexible address then this is the choice for you!
Royal Mail Redirection Address
Wherever you are in the world, UK Postbox can help you read and receive your mail. If you travel regularly, we can help you receive your mail in one place. If you’ve just moved home, our Royal Mail Redirection Address service helps you protect your privacy by making sure your mail doesn’t arrive at your old address, what’s more you can then access it online.
Facts to remember about our Royal Mail Redirection Addresses:
- Can only be used for redirected mail – You can’t use the service as your primary correspondence address, see our PO Boxes or Street Addresses for that.
- You can use this service to receive letters and parcels.
- We cannot setup the Royal Mail Redirection for you, you will need to sign up to to get your free address from us and then instruct Royal Mail to redirect to it, we can’t do that for you.
Courier Point Address - UK Shop & Ship
Our UK Courier Point Address service is popular with people who live or work overseas but want to buy products from the UK. UK Postbox can receive parcels on your behalf , then help you get your hands on them.
Facts to remember about our Courier Point Addresses:
- Parcels only – You cannot receive letters using this service. If you need to receive letters then make sure you get a free PO Box too.
- All UK Postbox address services give you a courier point address as part of the package.
Registered Office Address
Our Registered Office Address service helps businesses to operate in the UK from anywhere in the world. To register a company in England and Wales, the law requires you to have a registered office address, publicly available for anyone to see. It’s used by HMRC and the Government in their correspondence.
If you run your company from home, for example, you may not want your home address in the public domain. A registered office address helps keep your real address private. Overseas businesses use this service when they want to register in the UK too.
Facts to remember about Registered Office Addresses:
- Can only be used for correspondence from Companies House and HMRC.
- Not to be used as a trading address for customers or suppliers, you can get a Street Address with us too if you need this.
Directors Service Address
If you are the Director of a company in the UK, your address will be listed on the public record. If you want to keep your address private or want to be able to access your post online, one of our Directors Service Addresses can help. Your address will be listed with Companies House and HMRC as one of ours, rather than yours.
Facts to remember about Directors Service Addresses:
- Can only be used for correspondence from Companies House and HMRC.
- Not to be used as a trading address.
If you run an online retail business, trading on platforms such as Amazon, eBay or Etsy, you need an address for customers to send their returns. With our Returns Address service, you can take advantage of a physical address in the EU which your customers can use to send back unwanted goods.
- Streamline returns management with a Returns Address Service.
Hopefully this article has helped you understand more about the address services we offer here at UK Postbox.
Contact UK Postbox
If you are unsure or would like to find out more, you can contact us using the live chat feature on our website. We look forward to hearing from you, wherever you are.