Limited vs Ltd

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There is absolutely no legal difference. You can register your company using either the full word “Limited” or the abbreviation “Ltd” or Ltd. (with or without a full stop). 

“Ltd” is a standard abbreviation for “limited,” a form of corporate structure that is available in many countries including the UK, Ireland, and Canada.

These company name endings indicate that a company is formed as a limited company. Which form of the ending you use is simply a presentation preference, although whichever form is used in your application to register your company will dictate how your company name appears on the Companies House register and your company’s certificate of incorporation

Regardless of which option you choose at the time of incorporation, you can still use either form on your company’s official stationery, literature and website. For example:


A majority of companies choose the abbreviation, LTD.

It is worth noting that Companies House will always register and record names using only capital letters. Certificates of incorporation never include lower case letters in company names.

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