Picking the right company name for your business is important. If you want to register your business as a limited company, you will have to make sure that your desired company name isn’t already taken, luckily it’s never been easier than with our free Companies House name checker.
Use our free Companies House name checker to secure your company name today
We know deciding on a company name is an exciting step in your formation process, but there are a few things to keep in mind. To form an incorporated company, you’ll need a company name unique to your business in the UK.
As your company name cannot be in current use by any other business, you’ll need to see it’s available using our free Companies House name checker.
A company name registered with Companies House is your security blanket: once registered, your company owns that particular name and you can use it however you want.
How to check if your company name is available?
It’s never been easier to check if your desired company name is available and register it with Companies House:
Click here and enter the company name you want to register in our Companies House name checker.
Purchase a formation bundle – We have a range of formation bundles available to suit all types of businesses. Our E-Formation bundle is just £9.99, which is £2 cheaper than if you go directly to companies house!
Complete your application and we’ll do the rest! We’ll send you an email once your limited company has been formed.
I’ve formed my company, what’s next?
Create an identity
Once you have your name sorted, add an extra dimension to your company’s identity by getting a logo designed. Once that’s done you can think about company stationery and decorating your premises.
Trademark your company
If you want to further your protection or secure your unique company logo, you can purchase a trademark. This will allow you to use the ®next to your company name, explicitly showing other companies that nobody can legally replicate that name or logo.
Choose a registered address
By law, you must have a registered business address. This address will be in the public domain, that’s why many people choose a registered address, instead of listing their home or business premises. At The Formations company, we offer a Registered agent package, allowing you to use our London address as your official company address. Plus, our package includes mail forwarding services, for super convenience.
Once you have your logo, company name and trademark sorted, you should think about your online presence. There are myriad domain name registrars out there, so it can be difficult to know where to start. This guide can help you pick the best service for you.
What should I do if my company name is already in use?
If you’ve searched for your company name in our Companies House name checker, but it’s already taken, you still have plenty of options. There’s no legal reason why your registered company name has to be the same as the name you trade under. For example, your company could be registered as ‘Jack Jones Plumbing Ltd’ but trading as ‘Water Works’.
If you plan to have a separate ‘trading as’, ensure both your registered name and ‘trading as’ name are not registered trademarks belonging to another company. At this point, it makes sense to secure your registered company name and ‘trading as’ name as trademarks.
Check out our ‘Company name blog series‘ to find out everything you need to know about company names.
Are there any rules for naming a company?
Yes, there are. Your company name cannot be offensive, use sensitive words or imply a connection to government or local council, unless you have permission.
Also, you cannot use names that are too similar to existing names. These fall into two categories the first being ‘Same as names’. This means if your company name already exists you won’t be able to change it by altering the name slightly with punctuation or special characters. For example, ‘Cats UK Ltd’ and ‘Cat’s Ltd’ would be considered as the same name as ‘Cats Ltd’.
The second category is ‘names that are too like’ other names. For example, ‘Stars and Stripes Ltd’ and ‘St@rs & Stripes Ltd’ would be classed as the same.
If your name is too similar to an existing company’s name, Companies House will contact you and help you with the next steps.
What should I do now?
If you haven’t registered your company name with Companies House or check ked to see if your company name is available, head over to our free Companies House name checker now.
If you’ve already registered your company name, click here to book a free trade mark consultation to give yourself peace of mind and protect your brand identity!
For further information head to our help centre.