Few people were asking recently why they need their full mailing address as part of the SVA Approved process… There’s quite a few legal obligations which mean you MUST have a contact mailing address on your website:
- https://www.gov.uk/online-and-distance-selling-for-businesses - so if you are selling products/services from your website (even if it’s just an Amazon affiliate link rather than blocks of hours being bought) you need to display a full address
- PECR also requires a contact address on any email marketing you do https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1551/direct-marketing-checklist.pdf
So yup - you need an address which you can use - and yeah, putting your home address all over your website probably isn’t smart (I don’t have mine on there!!). But there are a few ways you can get round this:
- Use an alternative mailing address - mbe.co.uk, your acountant, local co-working space or if you are a limited co, you should already have a registered office which you can use.
- Disguise your address - Flat 2, 123 Star St becomes Suite 2, The Rock Building, 123 Star St… Admittedly with Google Streetview, this isn’t ideal.
Hope that helps!