Before choosing a name you should search the index of company names to ensure your chosen name is not the 'same as an existing registered company. You are also advised to check Trade Marks Register of the UK Intellectual Property Office to ensure that the proposed name is not identical or similar to an existing trade mark. The address and contact information can be found on this website. You can also contact the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys via their website. The registration of a company name does not mean the name or part of a name might not infringe other laws such as trade mark law.
There are a number of rules which apply to company names. If your company is: -
A private limited company - its name must end with"limited" or, if its registered office is in Wales, with "cyfyngedig" or with the permitted alternatives, ie "ltd" or "cyf". There is an exception to this rule: a private company limited by guarantee can apply for an exemption if: -
1. The objects of the company are the promotion or regulation of commerce, art, science, education, religion, charity or any profession, and anything incidental or conducive to any of those objects.
The company's articles: -
A private unlimited company - its name may end in "unlimited" but it is not required to do so.
A public limited company - its name must end with "public limited company" or "plc", with our without full stops. If its registered office is in Wales, it may end with "cwmni cyfyngedig cyhoeddus" or "ccc" with or without full stops.
There are a number of additional controls and restrictions which apply to the main part of your company's name. These are set out in 'The Company and Business Names (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2009' (SI 2009/1085)'. Further information on restricted and sensitive names is included in chapter 3. Companies House administers these controls on behalf of the Secretary of State and we will not register a company in a name if: -
If any of the designators "limited", "ltd", "unlimited", "cyfyngedig", "cyf", "anghyfyngedig" is used but: -
If, in the case of a company limited by guarantee exempt from using "limited", the name concludes with "unlimited" or "anghyfyngedig" or one of the words or expressions (or permitted abbreviation) set out in (a) to (f) below in such a way as to mislead the public as to the legal form of the company if included in the registered name of the company.
If, in the case of an unlimited company, the name concludes with "limited" or "cyfyngedig" or one of the words or expressions (or permitted abbreviations) set out in (a) to (f) below in such a way as to mislead the public as to the legal form of the company if included in the registered name of the company.
The name of your company is not case sensitive, the certificate of incorporation will list your company name in capitals but it is perfectly legal to use any combination of upper and lower case letters for your company name after formation, regardless of the format used on the application.