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Choosing a Company Name

Choosing a company name is one of the most exciting aspects of registering a company. It provides an opportunity to be expressive, creative and for people select the manner in which they wish their business to be portrayed to and perceived by the outside world. The company name might also encompass their ambitions for the future.

In selecting the name “Company faqs”, we had the vision that the site would one day become the oracle, the definitive guide for people wanting to incorporate  a UK company. We hope we are fulfilling this promise.

Guidelines and Rules on Selecting a Company Name

As in other aspects of company formation, there are some basic rules laid down by Companies House which require consideration when choosing a name for a new company. Some of them may be obvious, others might be less so.

Although, It may always be possible to change a company name later in its life, getting it right from the beginning, one which makes the right impression to the people with whom the company will engage with, can help the business immensely and should not be underestimated.

The following are guidelines for choosing a company name:

  • It must not be the same as an existing company name
  • There must not be a similar company name already registered
  • Using a dissolved company name is permitted
  • Upper and lower case company names do not distinguish one from another which current exists
  • The use of Reserved or sensitive words require justification
  • The company name must end with the word "limited".
  • It must not be an abusive, offensive or illegal name

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