Author: Chelliah Nakeeran

PO Box address services have changed significantly in recent years. Yet when people think of a mailbox service, the first thing that automatically comes to mind is the traditional PO Box service offered by Royal Mail.

These conventional Royal Mail PO Box addresses don’t provide you with an actual address. This can be a disadvantage for some users.

Subsequently, PO Box address service providers like LowCost LetterBox, have created an alternative solution. We call them mailbox addresses to differentiate them from the traditional PO Box service.

Mailbox addresses give you all the benefits as the age-old PO Box. They provide you with a private mailing address to receive and access mail in a secure environment.

Although a PO Box and a mailbox rental address are fundamentally the same, there are several significant differences between the two.

Why Do You Need A PO Box or Mailbox?

Having access to a mailing address other than your private residence can provide you with several advantages. The type of people who typically benefit from a PO Box or mailbox are:

  • Small businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs who work from home
  • Businesses that want to keep their office address out of the public eye
  • Company directors who do not want to publish their residential address in public forums
  • Overseas businesses that want a mailing address in the UK
  • Residents in shared or temporary accommodation who want sensitive mail to remain private and secure
  • People who receive sensitive mail at a location shared by others and thus at risk of fraud and identity theft
  • Expats who need a PO Box in the UK for business and personal use
  • Frequent travelers who do not have a mailing address

What Can You Expect From A Smart PO Box Service Provider?

Renting a mailbox provides you with an actual address. At LowCost LetterBox, we have several mailbox addresses in London, including prestigious addresses in Oxford Circus and Baker Street.

The capacity to publish an actual address on your website, business stationery and marketing materials is particularly advantageous for business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs who work from home.

A physical address projects a positive image of your business and lends credibility to your services in the minds of prospective clients and customers. Large businesses can also benefit from mailing addresses.

When you register as a limited company in the UK, you have to report your official mailing address to Companies House and publish the address on your website.

Directors of a limited company are also obligated to report a physical mailing address to Companies House. Again this information is made available to the general public.

A PO Box mailing address provides you and your company with privacy and protection. It is not unusual for unwanted visitors to turn up at your home or place of work.

A PO Box service provider is obligated to maintain client confidentiality. We will not reveal your private address to anybody – other than the police if they are investigating a crime.

PO Box Mailing Address in the UK

You don’t have to be a UK resident to benefit from a PO Box mailing address in the UK. You can live anywhere in the world.

If you are the owner of a business overseas, an expat or travelling the world, a PO Box mailing address in the UK is a convenient solution. LowCost LetterBox also provides mail forwarding and mail scanning services.

Mail scanning involves scanning your post to our secure servers so that you can access them on your mobile phone or computer – no matter where you are in the world.

Alternatively, we forward your mail to an address you provide us. This means you are free to move around at will. Just let us know your change of address. With a PO Box postal address, you only need to inform one company one time rather than a dozen or so people every time you change location.

Renting a mailbox also means you can receive parcels and packages shipped by international couriers. The standard PO Box service offered by Royal Mail does not enable you to receive post from third-party couriers.

What’s more, Royal Mail does not sign for recorded deliveries. Subsequently, if you only have a standard PO Box, you are limited as to the type of post you can actually receive there.

LowCost LetterBox is happy to sign for recorded deliveries on your behalf. We will even forward them on to you or keep them in our secure fulfilment centre until you collect them.

A modern mailbox rental service offers you much more flexibility than the standard PO Box service.

LowCost LetterBox also provides a wide range of other services that you may find useful alongside a smart PO Box mailing address. Check out our standard packages or tell us what you need and we can customise a package that is tailor-made for you.

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Author: Chelliah Nakeeran

Chelliah Nakeeran is the Founder and Managing Director of LowCost LetterBox. He writes articles on virtual office and address sector.

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