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Naming a Company Similar & Prohibited Names The name of a private company must end with 'Limited' or 'Ltd.' (s.59). A name will not be registered if it is offensive (s.53) or if it suggests a connection with the Government, local authorities or other public bodies (s.54). Other sensitive words or expressions require permission from the Secretary of State. The 2014 Regulations also contain details of sensitive words and expressions. The name cannot also be too similar to another name already registered (s.66) in which a WebSearch can be completed to check for similar names. Dissolved company names can be used.
Change of Name A change of name will be effective when the certificate with the new name is issued (s.80(3) & s.81(1)). Companies are required to display their names in certain locations, documents and communications and provide details when requested from those dealing with them in business (s.82).
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