Company name change (UK)

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Company name change process – summary

Why do companies change their names? A company may want to change its name if it has been through a pre-pack administration and it wishes to move on from that time period.

If a company has been through a period of poor management during which customer relationships and brand reputation have suffered, there are often strong benefits to a name change in rebooting the connection between a company, its clients, and its suppliers.

Company names are often changed if a company has been bought by new owners or it has merged with another business. If there is a group of companies with different brand identities, a board may decide to rebrand under one name to reduce marketing costs and increase visibility.

For help and advice on changing your company name, please call us on +44 (0) 207 689 7888 or email us at

Company name change cost – how it works

Completion and submission of NM01 form

The NM01 form is the form used by Companies House to record the change of name given to a company. Your Company Formations complete this document and submit it on your behalf.

Completion of board minutes documentation

We will draw up the minutes of a board meeting detailing that the vote has been taken to change your company name and that there was a majority vote in favour by the board.

Completion of company name change special resolution

All shareholder must sign a special company resolution indicating that an agreement to change the company name has been approved.

Company name change procedure – frequently asked questions

How long does it take to change the name of my company?

Your name change will, in most circumstances, take place within 5 days. Upon receiving your order, we will send you by email the documentation you need to sign. You can either scan and email it back or post it to us. When we have received the documentation from you, we will submit it to Companies House – they normally take a maximum of 2 days to make the change on their register.

What happens to my Company Number and VAT Registration Number?

They stay as they are now.

Do I need a new incorporation certification, Articles, and so on?

As with your company number, they stay as they are now.

What if I make a mistake with the form?

Any mistake on the form will be reflected in the changes that Companies House makes to their register. You will need to go through the process again to correct the mistake.

Can I change from a private limited company (“Ltd”) to a public limited company (“plc”)?

No. Please click here to read more on how to change a private limited company to a public limited company.

Are there any names I can’t use for my company?

There are certain rules that you must follow when naming your company including the words you choose for that name. Companies House have issued guidance on this here.

What support do I get from Your Company Formations?

We’re committed to providing our customers with the highest level of support. Please feel free to contact us before, during, or after you have used us to change your company name by phone or email.

Frequently asked questions

We gathered all questions you may have about our company, process, packages and pricing.

What is company formation?

Company formation, or company registration, incorporates a business in the UK with Companies House, the official registrar of companies for England and Wales. The process creates a legal entity with a separate identity from its shareholders.

Do I have to live in the UK to form a company?

No. You do not have to live in the UK to register a UK company. The law allows foreign individuals and businesses to form companies in the UK subject to the following requirements —

  • Have a registered UK office address for the company

Consider engaging the services of a solicitor, accountant or agent like Your Company Formations to help you comply with all the requirements of forming and running a successful enterprise in the UK as a foreigner.

What do I need to register a limited company in the UK?

When you form a company using our service, we only require you to complete the online forms. A new limited company formation also requires a registered office address, a director and a shareholder holding at least one share. You can use our professional address services if you would prefer to keep your business or personal Director’s address private.

Are there any hidden costs?

There are no hidden costs for any of our packages. We advertise a fair, transparent cost for our services, so no unexpected fees are added at the end of the checkout process. We include the Companies House charge of £13.00 with all our formation packages. This fee is charged on all new formations and is included in the price you see.

How many shares does a company need?

A Limited Company requires at least one share per shareholder, with a minimum of one shareholder. There is no limit to the number of shares held by a shareholder.

How can I receive my cashback offer?

When you form a company through us and opt for an introductory bank or merchant account offer, we will send your details directly to the company. A representative will then contact you to set up a meeting. Once your account is open, you can claim your cashback by logging back into our company manager account.

What happens after your company is registered?

Once your application is completed, we will set up your company within 3 working hours, dependent on companies house workload on the day. You will receive a notification telling you that your application has been approved. Digital copies of your company documents in PDF format will be sent to your email address. Once this is completed, you can immediately begin trading with your company.

One person can form a limited company?

Yes, You can form your limited company - it can be owned, managed and run by one person. The person would act as the sole director and shareholder of the company.

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