Using the word 'group' in a company name is no longer protected.
Due to changes which were implemented as a result of the governments red tape challenge, the word Group has now been removed from the sensitive names list. The government’s red tape challenge is designed to help businesses, and remove unnecessary administration by reviewing the current procedures and amending unnecessary regulations.
Previously any application to register a new company, or change it's name to contain the word Group, had to provide supporting evidence. This has to confirm that the company will be part of a group structure and hold the majority (51% or more) of shares in at least two other companies that are already in existence or will be registered in the near future.
During the consultation process, the government discussed the need to have the word group as a sensitive phrase with a number of UK authorities, including Regulatory bodies and government officials. After the consultation had been completed, it was decided the word group should be removed from the list of sensitive expressions and has reduced the number of rejected applications. You can now submit your company application containing the word group without providing and supporting data.
(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).