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Jun 14, 2017

Companies House doesn’t automatically accept the company registrations it receives – find out why your application may have been rejected

Occasionally, Companies House will reject an application to form a company. There are many reasons why this may happen and it’s best to familiarise yourself with these to reduce the risk of it happening to you. In the event your application is rejected, if you bought your company formation package from us, we let you re-submit your application free of charge.

Company Name

A company name that violates Companies House rules is a common reason for applications to be rejected. You may have chosen a name that is too similar to a company already in existence, or it may contain sensitive words.

When choosing your company name, do a little research to make sure that no similar names are in use and take into account that Companies House views certain words as “invisible” when comparing names with each other.

To ensure the public is not mislead or harmed by a company name, certain “sensitive” words need approval before they can be used.  

Rude or offensive words are also not allowed.

Registered Office Address

Another reason applications to form a company can be rejected is the registered office address. This address must be in the country in which the company was formed, for example a company formed in Scotland must have a Scottish address and companies formed in England and Wales must have an English or Welsh address.

Director Details Are Incorrect  

When giving the name(s) of your director(s), ensure you include their full names, for example, J Smith would be rejected but John Smith would not be. You must also make sure the residential address given for the director is actually a residential address and that the address corresponds with the country of residence given.

These tips should help minimise the risk of your application being rejected In the event your company formation application is rejected, we’ll send you an email to let you know. We don’t charge for resubmission. 


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