HomeFWJ TakeawayIs there any restriction on the choice of company name?

There are rules set out as regards a private company’s name:

  • It cannot contain any reference to a government department or any local or public authority;
  • It may not include any sensitive words without the approval of the Secretary of State (see attached list).
  • It may not be offensive
  • It may not include any reference to a regulated profession, unless permission has been granted by that professions’ regulatory body (see attached list). A breach of this requirement could constitute a criminal offence.

A list of prohibited and sensitive words are published by Companies House. This list is constantly updated and can be found at: http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/about/gbhtml/gp1.shtml

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