When designing your company letterhead and order form you could be forgiven for solely concentrating on their design and the quality of paper they are printed on.
However, your company letterhead and order form need to follow several legal requirements. If you fail to implement these then hard work and vital cash will have been wasted.
Thankfully the requirements are simple. They also vary by the type of business run.
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 stationery (whether printed or electronic versions) must include:
Most letterheads also include a telephone and fax number, a url for the business' website and an email address.
Certain businesses must also state the following on their business letters and order forms:
For an investment company (as defined by section 266 of the Companies Act 1985) that it is such a company.
For a company exempt from using the word 'limited' in its name, that it is a limited company
For a company with share capital, it is not necessary to state the share capital on stationery but if the company chooses to do so, the paid-up share capital rather than the authorised capital must be stated.
Charitable companies whose name excludes the words 'charity' or 'charitable' must state the fact that it is a charity on its stationery.
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