The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008

The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 (text) apply to companies registered in any part of the United Kingdom.

The regime is supervised and enforced by UK regulator Companies House

The Regulations require companies to disclose business and trading information at certain locations, in company documentation and on company websites. These regulations help companies with an online presence build trust and confidence amongst cyber users who may wish to purchase goods or services from them. They also provide a framework of transparency to help promote online competitive and collaborative advantage.

The Regulations also require companies to respond to enquiries from Companies House about where their company records are kept and are available for inspection


Under Section 6, a company must disclose its registered name on

  • its business letters, notices and other official publications;
  • its bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements and order forms;
  • cheques purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the company;
  • orders for money, goods or services purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the company;
  • its bills of parcels, invoices and other demands for payment, receipts and letters of credit;
  • its applications for licences to carry on a trade or activity; and
  • all other forms of its business correspondence and documentation;
  • on its websites.

Under Section 7, the company is also required to disclose on its business letters, order forms and websites

  • the part of the United Kingdom in which the company is registered;
  • the company’s registered number;
  • the address of the company’s registered office;
  • in the case of a community interest company which is not a public company, the fact that it is a limited company; and
  • in the case of an investment company within the meaning of section 833 of the Act, the fact that it is such a company.

If, the company has a share capital, there is a disclosure as to the amount of share capital on—

  • its business letters;
  • its order forms; or
  • its websites,
  • that disclosure must be to paid up share capital.

Companies House

  • Companies House, and agency of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) supervises and enforces the Regulations

Reference

The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008 (text)

UK/2008/SI/495