Is the proposed company name already in use?
The GO button above is a link to the Companies House Names Index. The index may be used to check whether the proposed company name, is the 'same as' a name which has already been registered. The link is not to suggest that UKcorporator has any association or affiliation with Companies House or any sponsorship from, or endorsement by, Companies House. The Companies House Names Index service only operates Monday to Saturday (except public holidays) and from 7 am to 12 midnight UK Time.
Tips for using the Companies House Names Index
After you click the GO button above, you should be taken to a page where you may enter your proposed company name and then proceed to search the Companies House Names Index (i.e. a database of existing company names). Make sure you have selected 'Current / recently dissolved names'. Click the 'Search' button and you will be taken to a page showing a vertically arranged list of names in the same alphabetical vicinity, as the name you entered. The Companies House system will automatically highlight, in yellow, the name which it regards as the nearest matching name to the one you entered. It may be legally 'the same' as the name you entered, or merely a close match. If it is legally 'the same' (see discussion below) then you need to select a different name for your proposed company as Companies House will reject your application seeking to register a company in that name. If however the name highlighted in yellow by Companies House is merely a close match but not legally 'the same', then Companies House is likely to accept your application to register a company in that name.
Names regarded as legally 'the same'
The Company and Business Names (MiscellaneousProvisions) Regulations 2009
is a law which (amongst other things) makes provision for determining whether a name to be registered under the Companies Act 2006 is to be regarded as ‘the same’ as another name appearing in the registrar’s index of company names. The method by which this is determined is somewhat complex. In essence, certain things (e.g. words, abbreviations and symbols etc.) are to be disregarded in making the comparison and certain words, expressions, signs and symbols are to be regarded as ‘the same’.
To see a copy of the Regulations click
To see a copy of Schedule 1 to the Regulations click
To see a copy of Schedule 2 to the Regulations click
To see a copy of Schedule 3 to the Regulations click