Company Name-Check

To begin your new company registration, you need to check whether the proposed name for the entity is available.  

This search tool is the first stage of your registration and links directly to Companies House. Within seconds, our system will feed back whether or not  your company name is available to register and, if you can use the proposed name or not to register your new company.

Type in your proposed company name below and click ‘Check’ to start our rapid process.

Advice on choosing a company name.

Choosing a name for your company is one of the most important decisions to make.  Very few Clients would describe their choice of business name as irrelevant.

For most, it is the essence that conveys the business purpose. If prospective clients search the internet for a plumber in your town, for instance, your company name has to be what they notice.

  • A company name cannot be the same as an existing one, in the index of names held at Companies House. 
  • Also it cannot infringe upon an existing Trade Mark. 
  • Very importantly, it cannot be misleading.
 

The systems we use at Trusted Formations automatically check the company register and will show if the name you have chosen is available to be registered. Sometimes a rejected name can be tweaked, to make it acceptable, but it is always advisable for you to have an alternative in mind.

You will need approval if you want to use a name which:

  • Could imply a connection with the UK government, a devolved administration or a local or specified public authority. 
  • Is protected or regulated by other legislation.
 

An example name that Companies House would deem ‘Same as’ is:

Plum Technology Ltd would be considered the same as Plum Technology & Company Limited, but not the same as Plum Technology (Manchester) Ltd. 

Adding the word ‘Manchester’ makes the name distinct.

Are there exceptions? 

Yes there are. The same as rule does not apply if the new company is to be part of an existing group and/or the existing company consents to the use of the name.  This consent must be in the form of a letter.


Sensitive Words

Companies House have a long list of words and expressions that cannot be used in a company name.

The list also contains examples that can be used, but only in certain circumstances.

In short, the regulations exist to ensure that the public are protected and not mislead or harmed.

  • It may not be appropriate to suggest business pre-eminence, status or function, for example, names that include British, or Institute.
  • You cannot use words that represent a regulated activity, unless you can prove entitlement.
 

We can provide you with a full list of these words and expressions. Note that the are three parts to the list, all of which should be read. Each word (or phrase) is accompanied by an explanation and guidelines for its use.

Email us for the list and advice on company names by clicking here.

The company formation packages you can order and register online today.

Incorporate your new Private Company Limited By Shares online today, using our straight-forward and speedy application process and receive the latest offers from business bank account providers.

1 x PDF - Set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
1 x PDF - Certificate of Incorporation
1 x WebFiling Authentication Code

Incorporate your new Private Company Limited By Shares online today, using our straight-forward and speedy application process and receive the latest offers from business bank account providers plus copies of the important registration documents and certificate in professionally printed format, delivered to your chosen address.

1 x WebFiling Authentication Code
1 x PDF - Certificate of Incorporation
1 x PDF - Company Minutes
1 x PDF - Set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
1 x PDF - Share Certificate
1 x Printed - Certificate of Incorporation printed on premium, 300gsm paper.
3 x Printed - Quality Bound Memorandum & Articles
1 x Printed - Company Minutes
1 x Printed - Share Certificate

For customers wishing to form an LLP which offers the individuals who own it the benefits of operating as a partnership but with the protection of limited liability. The online formation includes printed copies of the documentation and offers from leading banking providers and other suppliers.

1 x Printed - Certificate of Incorporation printed on premium, 300gsm paper.
1 x Company Register made up to incorporation presented in a loose leaf company register.
1 x PDF - Certificate of Incorporation
1 x PDF - Company Minutes
1 x WebFiling Authentication Code

For customers wishing to form this type of company - particularly suited to Charitable and Not For Profit organisations.The online formation includes printed copies of the documentation and offers from leading banking providers and other suppliers.

1 x PDF - Certificate of Incorporation
1 x PDF - Set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
1 x Printed - Certificate of Incorporation printed on premium, 300gsm paper.
1 x PDF - Company Minutes
1 x Company Register made up to incorporation presented in a loose leaf company register.
5 x Printed - Quality Bound Memorandum & Articles
1 x WebFiling Authentication Code

For customers wishing to create a public company which has Share Capital and limits the liability of each member to the amount they have invested. This kind of company may offer its shares to the public and may be quoted on the stock exchange. The online formation includes a deluxe set of printed copies of the documentation.

1 x PDF - Certificate of Incorporation
1 x PDF - Set of Memorandum & Articles of Association
1 x WebFiling Authentication Code
1 x Printed - Certificate of Incorporation printed on premium, 300gsm paper.
1 x Printed - Company Minutes
1 x Company Register made up to incorporation presented in a loose leaf company register.
3 x Printed - Quality Bound Memorandum & Articles