Thursday, 24 November 2011

the legality of letterheads

It has come to my attention that there are certain legalities that are to be met for producing letterheads for a company. Although this is about as interesting as the innards of a tennis ball, it is necessary to be aware of this when designing. These are the conditions that are to be met in certain circumstances:

  • If you are a sole trader you can trade under your own name or you can choose a different business name. If you choose a business name that is not your own name, you must include your own name and the business address on all letterheads and order forms.
  • If you are a partnership business your letterheads, order forms, receipts and even invoices must include the names of all partners and the address of the main office. If there are many partners then it is also acceptable to state where a list of partners may be found.
  • If your company is trading as a limited company the letterhead and order form stationary (whether printed or electronic versions) must include:
    • Your full registered company name
    • The company registration number and place of registration 
    • The company registered address and the address of its place of business, if different
    • There is no need to include the names of the directors on the letterhead for a limited company, but if you choose to name directors all directors must be named
So it's all pretty simple.
As far as my brewery is concerned, I will be approaching this from the perspective of this being a LTD. company. Therefore I will meet the requirements for my letterhead.

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