Steps to choosing a company name

click here for an off the shelf company

Step 1

Check availability on Companies House

Check the name on the Companies House database.

Please note that indicated availability is not a guarantee of being granted the name and that you should not use your intended name until it is registered.

For an off the shelf company click here

If the name you choose is available, you will be taken directly to the online order page. If you have any queries about your proposed company name you are welcome to contact us

Step 2

Check for sensitive words

Check that your name does not contain a sensitive word that may delay or prevent the name from being registered.

Step 3

Use common sense to avoid clashing with existing businesses

Please note that if your company is set up with a name that is very close to an existing name and the existing party objects to Companies House within 12 months of your company being registered, you may be forced to change your name, which may be costly and cause you other problems. There is no right of appeal if you are directed to change your company name.

In any event if your business name is deemed by another party to be damaging to their business (whether or not they are a limited company) they may pursue you through the courts under an action for "passing off." This is very costly and inconvenient.

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