What business information do you legally need to display on your website?

by Will Moody


UK law includes legislation which requires websites to display specific information about their business (or organisation). Rules also apply to other areas of your business such as signs, stationery, invoices and emails.

If you’re running a business, the requirements vary according to the legal entity of your business (for example, whether it’s a limited company, partnership or a sole trader). If you are unsure it is always best to seek professional advice from a legal expert about the requirements of your website. In addition to seeking advice from a legal expert, relevant information is often also available online at websites such as the UK Government website.

The following information is usually required for display in legible lettering:

For registered companies (LTD/LLC, PLC etc), you must include:

  • The business name
  • The place of registration (eg, England & Wales, Scotland etc.)
  • Registered office address
  • Registered number
  • Trade association membership (if applicable)
  • A contact email address
  • VAT number (if applicable)
  • If it is being wound up

For sole traders, you must include:

  • The business name (this may be just your name)
  • The registered office address
  • A contact email address

The information doesn’t always need to be displayed on every web page, although web page footers are often used, this means anyone browsing your website can easily find the information. You can display it on a particular page such as your About us or Contact page or even on a terms of use page.

Remember that visitors to your website will be encouraged if they know who they’re dealing with, so being transparent about this information should have a positive effect on your business or organisation. After all, no one likes doing business with a company that makes this difficult to find. Hiding the information away will potentially drive customers away.