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There are two ways in which a private limited company can change its name:


  1. by Special Resolution of the shareholders (or members) of the company, either written or passed at a general meeting; or
  2. by permission given in the company’s Articles of Association.


Please note: A company name must follow certain rules in order for it to be registered, for example:  the name can’t be the same as another registered company’s name, it must end in either ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’, it can’t be offensive and it can’t contain a ‘sensitive’ word or expression, or suggest a connection with government or local authorities, unless you get permission. For more info click HERE.



Change of Company Name by Special Resolution at a General Meeting


As mentioned above you can change the registered name of a private limited company by passing a Special Resolution at a general meeting.


A Special Resolution is passed by 75% majority of the eligible members of the company agreeing to it.


After the Special Resolution to change the company name has been passed, it must be filed at Companies House together with Form NM01.



Change of Company Name by Permission Given in the Company’s Articles of Association


If the Articles of Association of the company set out the procedure to change the company name you will have to follow the stated procedure and will have to file at Companies House Form NM04.


This Special Resolution to Change the Company Name shall be used where the shareholders (or members) of a private limited company want to change the name of the company at a general meeting.


This Special Resolution to Change the Company Name Template is in Microsoft Word format, written in plain English easy to use and edit.