Companies House treat the word “GROUP” as sensitive when used in a company name. For example you cannot simply choose to call your company QWERTY GROUP LIMITED. In simple terms your company must actually be a group for Companies House to allow the word to be used with your company formation.
There are two occasions when the word ‘group’ will be allowed within a company name.
Normal profit making companies-
The company that wished to use the name has to hold at least 51% of the shares in at least two other British or overseas companies. The details of these companies will need to be provided to Companies House during the formation process. Using the example provided above, QWERTY GROUP LIMITED would need to own 51% of the shares in two or more companies that are currently in existence or soon to be formed. The names of these subsidiaries need to be given.
Not for profit companies-
The word group may be allowed in the company name if the company’s objects in the articles of association clearly refer to a group of people that will be involved with the company. It must be highlighted that Companies House will review every application on its own merits. It is impossible to guarantee the allowance of the word group in this instance. Companies House will review the company name and the constitutional documents before making a decision.
(Please note these pages are for guidance only. The legislation and regulations regarding the use of sensitive names changes regularly. To clarify the use of a sensitive word in a company name please contact Companies House on 0303 1234500).