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Change of Company Name FAQs

For full information see our guidance booklet GP1 – Incorporation & Names.

How can I change my company name?

A company can change its name by:

  • special resolution; or
  • by means provided for in the company’s articles;

If you change the company’s name by special resolution you must file a copy of the resolution and form NM01. The NM01 must include the appropriate fee. A template for a special resolution on change of name can be found here - http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/forms/generalForms/NewSpecialResolution.pdf

If you change the company’s name by means provided for in the company’s articles you must file form NM04 and the appropriate fee.

How do I deliver my application to change the company’s name?

You can file your application electronically by software filing or on paper.

Software Filing

The standard fee is £8 or £30 if you use the same day service. Change of Name applications can only be filed electronically through suitably enabled software but many formation agents and software providers have developed their systems to the point where they are able to offer customers a web-based electronic service (this is chargeable). A list of software filers can be found on the following web page, www.companieshouse.gov.uk/toolsToHelp/formationAgents.shtml Electronic applications are processed faster than those filed on paper.

WebFiling

The standard fee is £8 or £30 if you use the same day service. You can use the WebFiling service to file your change of name and other documents. Further information about WebFiling can be found on the following web page, https://ewf.companieshouse.gov.uk/

Paper filing

The standard fee is £10 or £50 if you use the same day service. We aim to process standard documents within 5 days of receipt. Cheques should be made payable to Companies House. When filing 'Same Day' applications by post, courier or by hand please ensure that you clearly mark the envelope “Same-Day”. Only applications received by 3 p.m. Monday-Friday will be processed that day. Paper filings take longer to process than those filed electronically.

Please note, if the fee is not included with the NM01 or NM04 the notice will be rejected.

N.B . Please use the WebCHeck service to ensure your proposed name is not the same as an existing company name.

What is a special resolution?

A special resolution is a resolution passed at a general meeting of the company by 75% of those members entitled to vote.

What is a written resolution?

A written resolution can be an ordinary or special resolution. If the company is passing a written resolution to change its name it must be a written special resolution. A meeting is not required but the resolution must be approved by a minimum of 75% of the members.

Further information about resolutions and change of name can be found in our guide, 'Life of a Company - Part 2 Event Driven Filings - GP3'.

Can a company in liquidation change its name?

Yes, but only the liquidator has the authority to do so.

Can a company in Administration or Administrative Receivership change its name?

Yes, but the consent of the Administrator or Administrative Receiver may be required.

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