Company name guidance

It is essential to choose a company name before you can register your business as a limited company. Some rules and regulations guide this process, but you still have some freedom of naming your new company. The significant regulation which governs company names include:

Companies Act 2006, the Business, Limited Liability Partnership, and the Company (which includes Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulation 2015 (SI 2015/17),

The Business, Limited Liability Partnership and the Company (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Restrictions 2014 (SI 2014/3140) Regulations 2014.

Rules and Regulations
  • It is not possible to register a company name that is similar to another registered company name unless permission is granted from the previous LLP or existing company.
  • Company names must not contain any ‘sensitive’ expressions or words unless there is permission from the Secretary of State at Companies House or another governing body.
  • The use of special characters, symbols, punctuation, and signs in the company name is not allowed.
  • The names of all the private limited companies must end with ‘LTD’ or ‘Limited’.
  • The names of all the Limited Liability Partnerships must end with ‘LLP’ or ‘Limited Liability Partnership’.
How do you change the name of an LLP?

The best way to change the name of an LLP is to obtain the authorised copy of all LLP members (partners) unless the Partnership Agreement states otherwise. After the change of name has been approved, Form LL NM01 must be filled by a nominated member and delivered to Companies House via email or post. Another alternative method is to change your company name online within a few hours by informing Companies House via our Client Admin Portal.

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Any questions?

Our professional advisors are ready to assist you. We are here to support you in making the right decision and guide you through the company formation process. For more information, call +44 203 290 0530