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The Company and Business Names (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2009

With the migration to the Companies Act 2006 there have been a number of key changes with regards to company name conflicts and duplication. Companies House have now imposed a more rigorous procedure on validating the company name for a proposed incorporation or name change request.

Traditionally Companies House have disregarded spaces, punctionation and a few additional words such as 'company' and 'the' when cross checking the name against the current register. With the October 1st changes, Companies House now incorporate a much larger sample of words that are disregarded in the name approval process. Some of the more common additions are listed below:
  • UK
  • GB

For a full exhaustive list of words that now effect the name approval process please refer to Statutory Instrument number 1085 of the The Company and Business Names (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2009.

Statutory Instrument number 1085 (2009)
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