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What is a Virtual Office?

For home-based entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to gain a more professional image, renting a virtual office could be the perfect solution. It can also serve businesses looking to test a certain area, to project a professional image with a business address whilst not physically occupying the premises.

Usually a virtual office agreement would include a telephone number and postbox which is located at that address*

Virtual Offices are an ideal and cost effective solution for businesses who are, for example, working ‘on the road’ and don’t need a physical office or they would rather work from home to save on costs but need a business address. Some businesses may also be looking to establish a presence in a certain area and need a low cost business address whilst the company grows.

Advantages and disadvantages of virtual offices over physical offices:


-Virtual offices are a very cost effective option if a business doesn’t need a physical office

-Workers can stay at home or work on the road whilst portraying a business address for the company

-Productivity may be increased due to travel times to and from the office being eliminated


-Having a physical office as a place of work can increase productivity and focus for some individuals rather than working at home

-An employer may prefer their staff to be based at a central office rather than at home or on the road

-Virtual offices lack the social interactivity of face-to-face contact with colleagues in the business

Pure Offices offer virtual offices at all of our 21 centres across the UK.

If you are interested in renting a virtual office, private office or meeting room – please contact your preferred location directly by completing this contact form.

* NB – Companies House do not permit the use of ‘registered office’ addresses being a virtual or PO Box address.   The address can be used as the postal address.