Business names


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These are the rules covering the allowable names for companies carrying out business in the UK, as well as the information required to be displayed on stationary and signs, and electronic media.

You can find the regulations that relate to business names below to the left.

The Companies Act 2006 (Substitution of Section 1201) Regulations 2009

Ensures that a UK business service address is not required of a person who does not have a place of business in the UK.

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The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Public Authorities) Regulations 2009

Specifies whose view must be sought when applying for approval to register a company name that suggests a connection with a public authority specified by the Secretary of State.

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The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2009

States that approval must be obtained from the Secretary of State to register a company under a name which includes a sensitive word or expression, that is specified in regulations.

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The Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

Specifies the characters that are permitted to be used in registered company names.

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The Company and Business Names (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2009

Sets rules relating to company and business names and characters within them.

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The Companies (Trading Disclosures) (Amendment) Regulations 2009

Specifies exceptions to the requirement to display a registered name: a) during insolvency b) to protect a sensitive location

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The Companies (Trading Disclosures) (Insolvency) Regulations 2008

Includes websites and electronic documents in provisions requiring a company to state the fact that they are in administrative receivership.

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The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008

Specifies at which premises a company’s registered name must be displayed; the way in which the name is displayed and which company particulars must be disclosed on business communications & websites (including directors names).

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The Company Names Adjudicator Rules 2008

Sets out Company Names Adjudication Rules.

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25 responses to Business names

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    Chris Robinson said on February 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The requirement to display the company name at business premises is useless and often not complied with. It is often impossible to comply with eg in shared office buildings without 24 hour access. The requirement to disply the company name at the registered office when it is not a trading address (eg the company’s accountants) serves no purpose and should be abolished.

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    Chris Robinson said on February 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Display at the premises does not achieve this as legal action is usually based on contract and you cannot assume the company displaying the name is the one you contracted with – often many names will be displayed on one building or the display is hard to find.

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