Are there any words I cannot use in my company name?


Hello, I have a question concerning company names. My wife and I would like to form a new limited company in Cornwall specialising in coffee delivery. This idea is still very much in the infancy stage, but we are definitely trying to make it happen. We have sat down and come up with a list of 20 or so different names that we like for this business, some of which are better than others. However, before we start crossing names off and getting our hearts set on one name in particular, I was wondering: are there any words we cannot use in a company name? I know there is a rule about using “Limited” or “Ltd” at the end of your name, but I was just curious whether any other words or phrases were off limits. Thank you



There are a number rules and restrictions when naming a limited company:

  • The name cannot be identical to the name of another registered limited company, unless that company has been dissolved.
  • The name cannot be ‘too like’ the name of an existing registered limited company, unless the new company will be part of the same group, or the existing company does not object to the name.
  • The name must not be offensive or contain any words that could cause offence.
  • The inclusion of any ‘sensitive’ words and expressions require a letter of non-objection from the Secretary of State at Companies House or the official body that controls the use of the word or expression.
  • All company names must end in ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’, unless the company is exempt from this rule.

You will find a full list of ‘sensitive’ words and expressions on the Companies House website. This list will also tell you whose permission must be sought for the use of the word or phrase.

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