Limited Company Formations have progressed dramatically since the introduction of electronic formations. The process is now very simple allowing for individuals to incorporate a brand new Limited Company in a few hours without paying a premium for a same day service. The formation process has then been made even simpler by the Companies Act 2006 and Companies House migration to a .xml service.
No. You can only use a name which is completely individual and not too similar too another existing company. The manner a company name is deemed "Too Similar" to another has also changed greatly since the full implementation of the Companies Act 2006. The new rules mean there are several words which will not distinguish two names from one another, an example of this can be seen below, where all names are deemed to be the same -
B & S Limited
B and S Limited
BANDS UK Limited
B & D S International
B & S Company UK Limited
There are further examples of words which cannot be used to distinguish company names, these can be found on the Companies House website.
There are several words which are classed as sensitive by Companies House, as per this list of sensitive words. The sensitive words can always be used, however they would require being justified, whether this would be getting confirmation form the relevant association or board, or simply adhering to the rules behind the sensitive word. Examples of these are words which are related to the royal family (Prince, Princess etc) which would require confirmation from he justice department that there is no objection; or the word Group which indicates the company would be in a group arrangement with two or more other companies.
One further area to consider is that if a Company Name is trademarked they can opt to enforce a Company name change through legal means.
The Memorandum of Association has been entirely changed since the final implementation of the 2006 Companies Act on 1st October 2009. The document now simply defines the subscribers to the Memorandum, stating that each one will become a member of the Company. This is true whether the Company is Limited by having a share capital, or a Company limited by Guarantee and not having a share capital
This document sets out the rules for the running of the company’s internal affairs.
All Limited Companies must register articles which are to be in accordance with the type of Limited Company, i.e. limited by shares, guarantee or unlimited. The Articles of Association refer to the Companies Act 2006 which is the ultimate document for the company and it's restrictions.
The Registered Office of a Company is the address that governmental boards such as Companies House and the Inland Revenue associate the Company to, this address is also on the public record. The registered office can be anywhere in the country of incorporation. The registered office must always be an effective address for delivering documents to the company, and to avoid delays it is important that all correspondence sent to this address are dealt with promptly. If a company changes its registered office address after incorporation, the new address must be notified to Companies House on Form AD01, this is available to download from our Companies House Forms page.