Compliance with legal requirements is crucial for maintaining credibility and avoiding penalties. One key aspect of compliance is ensuring that your company name and address are displayed correctly and in all the necessary places. This also helps establish transparency and builds trust with your clients and partners.

This blog will explore the legal mandates surrounding the display of your company name and address across various platforms and documents. We will also delve into the important considerations and steps involved in changing your company name, should the need arise. Whether you are a startup navigating the initial stages of a start-up or an established company considering rebranding, this guide will provide you with the essential information you need to stay compliant and maintain a professional image. 


To comply with legal regulations, you must include specific details on all company documents and promotional materials. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to include:

General Company Documents and Promotional Material

  • Company Name: Ensure your official company name is displayed on all documents and promotional materials.

Business Letters, Order Forms, and Websites

  • Registered Number: Display the company’s registered number.
  • Registered Office Address: Include the address of your registered office.
  • Jurisdiction: Indicate where the company is registered (England and Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland).
  • Limited Company Status: Clearly state that it’s a limited company by spelling out the company’s full name, including ‘Limited’ or ‘Ltd’.


Invoices must include the following details:

  • Unique Identification Number: Each invoice should have a unique identification number.
  • Company Name, Address, and Contact Information: Display your company’s name, address, and contact information.
  • Customer Details: Include the company name and address of the customer you’re invoicing.
  • Description of Charges: Provide a clear description of what you’re charging for.
  • Supply Date: Mention the date the goods or services were provided.
  • Invoice Date: State the date of the invoice.
  • Amount Charged: List the amounts being charged.
  • VAT Amount: Include the VAT amount if applicable.
  • Total Amount Owed: Display the total amount owed.

Sole Traders

If you are a sole trader, your invoice must also include:

  • Your Name: Include your name and any business name being used.
  • Legal Document Address: Provide an address where any legal documents can be delivered if you are using a business name.


Did you know that Google started as BackRub or that Pepsi was once called Brad’s Drink? These fascinating titbits highlight a common practice among companies: changing their names. There are various reasons why businesses undergo this transformation.

Why Companies Change Their Names

  • Domain and Social Media Availability: Securing a matching domain name and social media handles is crucial for establishing a strong online presence. If a company’s desired name is unavailable, a change might be necessary.
  • Trademark Issues: Copyright or trademark infringements can force companies to rebrand to avoid legal complications.
  • SEO Optimization: Names that are not SEO-friendly can hinder a company’s online discoverability. A name change can help improve search engine rankings and online visibility.
  • Generic or Unmemorable Names: If a name is too generic or fails to leave a lasting impression, a more distinctive name can help differentiate the company from competitors.
  • Obsolete Geographical References: Names containing geographical references that no longer apply can mislead customers and might need to be updated to reflect the company’s current scope.
  • Difficulties in Pronunciation or Spelling: Names that are often misheard, misspelt, or hard to pronounce can impede effective communication and brand recognition.
  • Negative Associations: If a name develops negative connotations, rebranding can help distance the company from unfavourable perceptions.
  • Business Changes: A change in products, services, target market, or ownership can prompt a name change to better align with the company’s new direction. 

How to Change Your Company Name

Changing a company’s name involves several steps and requires approval from the majority of shareholders. Here’s a comprehensive guide to navigating the process:

Step 1: Obtain Shareholder Approval

Approval from 75% of the shareholders is required, which can be achieved through a general meeting or a written resolution.

Step 2: File with Companies House

Once approved, the name change must be filed with Companies House, which will issue a Certificate on Change of Name.

Step 3: Update Within 14 Days

After receiving the certificate, the following updates need to be made within 14 days:

  • Letters and Headed Paper: Update all official correspondence materials.
  • Notices and Marketing Materials: Amend advertisements, marketing information, and other documents issued by the company.
  • Invoices: Revise all invoices to reflect the new name.
  • Website and Logo: Update the company’s website, logo, and domain name.
  • Stakeholder Notification: Inform shareholders, directors, employees, customers, and suppliers about the name change.
  • Regulatory and Financial Notifications: Notify HMRC, banks, accountants/auditors, and other advisors.
  • Display and Statutory Registers: Ensure the new name is displayed at the registered office and update the company name on statutory registers.

Changing a company’s name is a significant decision that requires careful planning and execution. By understanding the reasons behind such changes and following the necessary steps, businesses can effectively rebrand and position themselves for future success.  By adhering to these guidelines for displaying company details and carefully managing a name change, you can ensure your Company remains compliant and maintains a professional image.

For assistance with any of the above or to change your Company Name please contact your account manager at Virtual Company Secretary Limited who will advise of the impact on your company and any action you need to take. 

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The information above does not in any way constitute advice. Seeking specialist expertise and support is highly recommended for all Company Directors.