What company details do I need to show on my stationery?

The team at RWA is regularly asked for guidance on the exact wording required for an FCA authorisation statement. This common question is then typically followed by further enquiries regarding the inclusion of directors’ details, AR statements, Companies House details, etc. 

Many of the answers to these questions can be found on the government website at  https://www.gov.uk/running-a-limited-company/signs-stationery-and-promotional-material

Briefly, you must include your company’s name on all company documents, publicity and letters.

On business letters, order forms and websites, you must show:

  • the company’s registered number
  • its registered office address
  • where the company is registered (England and Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland)
  • the fact that it’s a limited company (usually by spelling out the company’s full name including ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’)
  • If you want to include directors’ names, you must list all of them.

Don’t forget to include any trading styles at the start if you use them.

For completeness, the FCA authorisation statements can be found in GEN 4 Annex 1 at:  https://www.handbook.fca.org.uk/handbook/GEN/4/Annex1.html

Some examples are:

‘XXX Insurance Brokers Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority’

or

‘XXX Insurance Brokers Ltd trading as ABC Insurance Services is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.’

For appointed representatives or introducer appointed representatives an example would be:

‘XXX Insurance Brokers Ltd (trading as ABC Insurance Services) is an appointed representative of YYY Insurance Brokers which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.’

Please speak to your usual RWA contact if you have any questions.

About the author

Terence has over 35 years' experience in the Financial Services environment, covering general insurance, investments and mortgages.

Before joining RWA, Terence worked for a large PLC insurance brokerage in Manchester, overseeing some 20 acquisitions. He served as Compliance Director at RWA from 2011 to 2018 and has worked with insurance broking firms of all sizes across the UK. He has a particular interest in Financial Crime and the protecting the insurance broker. Terence previously served as Executive Chairman of the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants (APCC), the professional body for the compliance consultancy sector.

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