Can I choose any name I want for my company?

Yes, although it is important to check that the name you want is acceptable to Companies House and this can be done simply and hassle free by completing the form on the right hand side of our web pages or by contacting us on 0844 815 0909.
Briefly, the restrictions are:

  • you cannot register the same name as an existing registered company;
  • the use of certain words is restricted; these are known as "Sensitive Words". For example, the word "Group" can only be used if the company will hold the shares of another two companies, therefore creating a group.
  • names likely to cause offence are not allowed.
  • It is also important to check whether your chosen name is similar to any other names already on the register. If your chosen name is too like another name, an objection could be made within the 12 months following the incorporation of your company and you could be directed by the Secretary of State to change the company's name.

We are here to help you. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call 0844 815 0909 for friendly and professional assistance.

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