Part XI does not just apply to
headed notepaper, it includes other documents that the company creates. It is
also likely to apply to websites and emails and sets out what a limited
company's notepaper must contain and the following details must be included:
The proper name of the company as registered at Companies House;
The place of
registration, for example 'Registered in England and Wales';
The address of the registered office;
The fact that the company is
a limited company; and
The names of either none, or all, of the directors.
Any officer of a company or anyone
who 'issues or authorises the issue' of publications without the required
details may be prosecuted, not just a company director.
Many companies have a physical
address on their sites, but not the registered office. Others may include sales
and marketing directors, but rarely are all directors listed. It's quite easy to
see why few companies and web designers are aware of this, when you don't
normally see Company Registration Numbers on printed advertising.
Although Companies House say there are currently no
actual rules regarding this, all businesses would be wise to
treat websites and email communications as if they were the written word and
incorporate the required details accordingly.