What Are Sensitive Company Names when you register a company? (Complete List)

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Sensitive names are company names that require special permission from governments, agencies, and regulatory bodies. When you register a company the first step is finding the name for your new company.

When you use MachFast.com, our app will quickly check if your company name is available for use.

Certain words in the United Kingdom are considered ‘sensitive words’ when used in a company’s name. That means that to use this ‘sensitive word’ or ‘sensitive words when you register a company you need to obtain special permissions from the relevant government or regulatory body.

For example, when you use the word ‘King’ or ‘Royal’ you need to obtain relevant government permissions to use these words in your company’s name.

Another good example is the word ‘Chartered’. For example, if you want to name your company ‘Chartered Accountants in Manchester’ you will need to obtain special permission to use this company name. You are also not allowed to use the word ‘Bank’ in your company’s name as banks are regulated by the Bank of England and your company needs to have special authorisation.

Sensitive company names rules exist to ensure that a company’s name does not misrepresent its connection with a regulated activity, a government body or an association. The word ‘Association’ is also considered a sensitive word.

How Many Sensitive Company names are there?

The good news is that there are only about 150 or so sensitive names where you need permission. For most people this is not an issue when registering a company.

For most of us, sensitive names are not a big concern, unless you want to call your company ‘Royal’ or ‘British’ or a ‘Commission’ or similar types of ‘official sounding’ names.

Below is the official Companies House list of all the sensitive names where special permission is required when you register a company.

In the meantime, please feel free to register a company today with MachFast.com.



Official Companies House ‘Sensitive Names’ List

The following words or variations are not allowed in your company name, or you will be required to provide documents proving otherwise. We’ve list who you will need to get in touch with if you wish to have any of the below words included in your company name.

1. Accounts Commission / Accounts Commission for Scotland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from Audit Scotland.

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland 
4th Floor 
102 West Port 
Edinburgh 
EH3 9DN 

2. Accredit / Accreditation / Accredited / Accrediting

To use this word in your proposed name, you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the department shown below.

To speed up your application, make sure your email or letter is marked for the attention of the ‘Standards and Accreditation Team – Office for Product Safety and Standards. Before proceeding please read the additional guidance.

opss.enquiries@beis.gov.uk

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
Standards and Accreditation Team 
Office for Product Safety and Standards 
1 Victoria Street 
London 
SW1H 0ET 

3. Adjudicator

The use of this word in a company or business name normally implies the organisation has a quasi-judicial role similar to decisions made by a court of law, an administrative tribunal, an arbiter, official ombudsman or government officials.

To support your application, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from a relevant body.

4. Alba / Na h-Alba / Albannach

Use in a name that does not imply a connection with the Scottish Government

Applications under the criteria set out in 1-3 below should be sent directly to Companies House.

  1. If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its sector. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Scotland. This does not apply if this word is used in a business name.
  2. If this word is not the first word in your proposed name it will normally be allowed provided the company’s registered office is in Scotland. This does not apply if this word is used in a business name.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes forenames or initials. This requirement does not apply to use in a business name.

Use in a name that could imply a connection with the Scottish Government

If your proposed name is likely to imply a connection with the Scottish Government, you will need to provide a letter or email of non-objection from this body and include a copy when you send your application to Companies House. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Scotland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Scotland. Please confirm the address in your application.

You should only contact the Scottish Government if the name is likely to imply a connection with this body.

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

5. Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Wales Audit Office.

info@audit.wales

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru 
Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru 
24 Heol y Gadeirlan 
Caerdydd 
CF11 9LJ 

Auditor General for Wales 
Wales Audit Office 
24 Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9LJ 

6. Association

This word is normally included in the name of a company limited by guarantee. A one-member one-vote clause and a non-profit distribution clause should be included in the articles of association. The non-profit clause provides that any profits are used to further the objects of the company and not paid to the members as dividends.

In the case of a business name, the articles, constitution or relevant governance document should include similar clauses. Please include a copy of this document with your application.

These requirements do not apply if the company or business is a resident or tenant association.

7. Assurance / Assurer

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name which is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

8. Audit Commission

The use of this expression, or anything similar, in your proposed name is likely to imply a connection with activities carried out by one or more of the following bodies:

If you decide to proceed with your application, please include a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

9. Auditor General / Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

England

enquiries@nao.org.uk

National Audit Office 
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road 
London 
SW1W 9SP 

Scotland

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland 
102 West Port 
Edinburgh 
EH3 9DN 

Northern Ireland

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Audit Office 
106 University Street 
Belfast 
BT7 1EU 

Wales

info@audit.wales

Wales Audit Office 
24 Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9LJ 

10. Auditor General for Northern Ireland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Audit Office 
106 University Street 
Belfast 
BT7 1EU 

11. Auditor General for Scotland / Audit Scotland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from Audit Scotland.

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland 
102 West Port 
Edinburgh 
EH3 9DN 

12. Auditor General for Wales / Audit Wales

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Wales Audit Office.

info@audit.wales

Auditor General for Wales 
Wales Audit Office 
24 Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9LJ 

13. Banc / Bank / Banking

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name that is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

14. Benevolent

Benevolent organisations are normally bodies that provide help and support for individuals and their families.

This word should normally be included in the name of a company limited by guarantee. A one-member-one-vote clause and a non-profit distribution clause should be included in the articles of association. In the case of a business name, the articles or relevant government documents should include similar clauses. Please include a copy of this document with your application.

15. Breatainn / Breatannach / Bhreatainn / Bhreatanach / Bhreatanaich / Breatannaich

  1. If your proposed name does not imply a connection with a government department or body, and you wish to use this word at the start of your name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with.
  2. If this word is not the first word in the name it will normally be allowed.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes a forename or initials.
  4. If the use of this word in any part of your proposed name does imply a connection with a government department, a devolved administration or a local or specified public authority, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. This applies even if the name is a surname.

16. Brenin / Brenhines / Frenin / Frenhines

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

17. Brenhinol / Brenhiniaeth / Frenhinol / Frenhiniaeth

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

18. Britain / British / of Britain / of Great Britain

  1. If your proposed name does not imply a connection with a government department or body, and you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name, or ‘of Britain’ or ‘of Great Britain’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with.
  2. If this word is not the first word in the name it will normally be allowed.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes a forename or initials.
  4. If the use of this word in any part of your proposed name does imply a connection with a government department, a devolved administration or a local or specified public authority, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. This also applies if the word is a surname.

19. Chamber of Commerce

The use of ‘Chamber of Commerce’ in your proposed name could imply a connection with the British, Northern Ireland or Scottish Chambers of Commerce. To support your application, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

England and Wales

enquiries@britishchambers.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce 
65 Petty France 
London 
SW1H 9EU 

Northern Ireland

mail@northernirelandchamber.com

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
40 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BA 

Scotland

admin@scottishchambers.org.uk

Scottish Chambers of Commerce 
199 Cathedral Street 
Glasgow 
G4 0QU 

20. Charitable / Charity / Charities

New incorporation or business name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant charity regulator.

England and Wales

registrationapplications@charitycommission.gov.uk

Head of Registration 
Charity Commission 
PO Box 211 
Bootle 
L20 7YX 

Scotland

info@oscr.org.uk

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator 
2nd Floor Quadrant House 
9 Riverside Drive 
Dundee 
DD1 4NY 

Northern Ireland

admin@charitycommissionni.org.uk

Charity Commission for Northern Ireland 
257 Lough Road 
Lurgan 
BT66 6NQ 

Change of name

If you are an existing registered charity and your current and/or proposed new name includes one of these words, then your application should include a copy of the company’s letterhead (or alternative evidence) bearing the registered charity number. Subject to our normal examination checks, we will register or approve the name.

If you are a Northern Ireland company not registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) and included in the HMRC ‘deemed list’, please provide evidence of the company’s tax-exempt status, or contact CCNI.

21. Charter

You can use this word in your proposed name provided it doesn’t imply it has a royal charter. If the organisation does have a royal charter then you will need to provide appropriate evidence of its royal charter status.

22. Chartered

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter from your professional body confirming you are authorised to use this title.

If the use of this word is intended to represent the name of a professional body, you must provide evidence of its royal charter status. If you’re already using this word in the name of an existing body, you cannot automatically use it in the name of another body.

These requirements do not apply to expressions such as ‘Chartered Flights’ or ‘Chartered Travel’.

23. Chartered Accountant

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of authorisation from your professional body.

England and Wales

contactus@icaew.com

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales 
Chartered Accountants’ Hall 
Moorgate Place 
London 
EC2R 6EA 

Northern Ireland

ca@charteredaccountants.ie

Chartered Accountants Ireland 
The Linenhall 
32-38 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BG 

Scotland

enquiries@icas.org.uk

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland 
CA House 
21 Haymarket Yards 
Edinburgh 
EH12 5BH 

24. Chartered Certified Accountant

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of authorisation from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

info@accaglobal.com

110 Queen Street  
Glasgow  
G1 3BX  

25. Chartered Management Accountant

You cannot use this expression in a company or LLP name. If you are a sole trader or general partnership intending to use this expression in a business name, please provide a letter or email of authorisation from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

cima.contact@aicpa-cima.com

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 
The Helicon 
One South Place 
London 
EC2M 2RB 

26. Chartered Secretary

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of authorisation from the Chartered Governance Institute.

info@icsa.org.uk

Chartered Governance Institute 
Saffron House 
6-10 Kirby Street 
London 
EC1N 8TS 

27. Chartered Surveyor

Use in a company name

As stated in RICS’ logo and designation rules, you cannot use the title ‘Chartered Surveyor’ in a company name.

Use in a business name

To use this title in a business name, for example, the trading name of a sole practitioner or the trading name of a company, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the RICS.

contactrics@rics.org

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 
12 Great George Street 
London 
SW1P 3AD 

28. Child Maintenance / Child Support

The use of these expressions in a proposed name could imply a connection with services provided by the Department for Work and Pensions or Northern Ireland Child Maintenance Services. To support your application, please include a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

England, Wales and Scotland

Online contact form

Northern Ireland

BELFAST.2012INBOUND@DFCNI.GOV.UK

29. Comhairle / Chomhairle / Comhairlean / Chomhairlean

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be a local authority, an independent advisory body, a deliberative assembly, or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the organisation will be what it claims and that it has the support of those it intends to govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You should also provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local authority or a relevant body.

30. Coimisean / Coimisein / Choimisean / Chomisein

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be an independent advisory body, a deliberative assembly, or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the company will be what it claims and that it has the support of those it intends to govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You should also provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or a relevant body.

31. Comisiwn / Chomisiwn / Gomisiwn

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be an independent advisory body, a deliberative assembly, or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the organisation will be what it claims and that it has the support of those it intends to govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You should also provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or a relevant body.

32. Comisiwn y Senedd / Comisiwn Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Parliament.

cysylltu@senedd.cymru

Clerc y Senedd 
Senedd Cymru 
Bae Caerdydd 
CF99 1SN 

contact@senedd.wales

Clerk of the Senedd 
Welsh Parliament 
Cardiff Bay 
Cardiff 
CF99 1SN 

33. Commission

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be an independent advisory body, a deliberative assembly; or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the organisation will be what it claims, and that it has the support of those it intends to govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You should also provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or a relevant body.

34. Comptroller and Auditor General

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the National Audit Office.

enquiries@nao.org.uk

National Audit Office 
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road 
London 
SW1W 9SP 

35. Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Audit Office 
106 University Street 
Belfast 
BT7 1EU 

36. Co-operative

To use ‘Co-operative’ in a company or business name, you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • it should be owned and controlled by its members, customers or employees
  • membership should be voluntary and open i.e. it should not be artificially restricted in order to increase the value of the business or its assets
  • members’ should participate in the economic activity of the business
  • profits should be distributed equally amongst the members’ or at least in proportion to the extent each member has participated in the business
  • these principles should be included in the company’s articles of association or in the rules/constitution of an unincorporated business
  • any application to use this word in a business name should include a copy of the rules or constitution document

37. Co-operative Society

This expression can only be included in the name of a society registered under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 or the Credit Unions and Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

For further information, please contact the Financial Conduct Authority:

consumer.queries@fca.org.uk

Financial Conduct Authority 
25 The North Colonnade 
Canary Wharf 
London 
E14 5HS 

38. Council

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be a local authority, an independent advisory body, a deliberative assembly, or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the organisation will be what it claims and that it has the support of those it intends to govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You’ll also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or a relevant body.

39. Cymru / Chymru / Gymru / Nghymru / Cymreig / Cymraeg / Chymraeg / Chymreig / Gymraeg / Gymreig

Use in a name that does not imply a connection with the Welsh Government

Applications under the criteria set out in 1-3 below should be sent directly to Companies House.

  1. If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its sector. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Wales. This does not apply if the word is used in a business name.
  2. If this word is not the first word in your proposed name it will normally be allowed if the company’s registered office is in Wales. This does not apply if the word is used in a business name.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes forenames or initials. This requirement does not apply to use in a business name.

Use in a name that could imply a connection with the Welsh Government

If your proposed name could imply a connection with the Welsh Government, you will need to provide a letter of non-objection from the body shown below. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Wales. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Wales. Please confirm the address with your application letter.

You should only contact the Welsh Government if the name is likely to imply a connection with this body.

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

40. Cyngor / Chyngor / Gyngor

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be a local authority, an independent advisory body, a deliberative assembly, or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Please include evidence to show that the organisation will be what it claims, and that it has the support of those it intends to govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise.

41. Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

cysylltu@senedd.cymru 

Clerc y Senedd 
Senedd Cymru 
Bae Caerdydd 
Caerdydd 
CF99 1NA 

contact@senedd.wales

Clerk of the Senedd 
Senedd Wales 
Cardiff Bay 
Cardiff 
CF99 1NA 

42. Dental / Dentistry

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the General Dental Council.

businessnames@gdc-uk.org

General Dental Council 
Registration Development 
37 Wimpole Street 
London 
W1G 8DQ 

43. Diùc / Dhiùc / Ban-diùc / Bhan-Dhiùc / Diùcan / Dhiùcan / Ban-Diùcan / Bhan-Dhiùcan

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Government:

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

44. Dug / Duges / Ddug / Dduges

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

45. Duke / Duchess

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office 
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone) 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London 
SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

46. Ei Fawrhydi / Ei Mawrhydi

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

47. England / of England / English

Use in a name that does not imply a connection with a UK government body

Applications made under the criteria set out in 1-3 below should be sent directly to Companies House.

  1. If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name or ‘of England’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its sector. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with. The situation of the company’s registered office should be in England. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in England and please confirm the address in your application letter.
  2. If this word is not the first word in your proposed name it will normally be allowed if the company’s registered office is in England. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in England. Please confirm the address in your application letter.
  3. If this word is your surname, it will normally be approved provided the proposed name includes forenames or initials.

Use in a name that could imply a connection with a UK government body

If your proposed name is likely to imply a connection with a UK government department or body, you will need to provide a letter or email of non-objection from that body and include a copy when you send your application to Companies House. The situation of the company’s registered office should be in England. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in England and the address should be confirmed in your application letter.

You should only contact a UK government department or body if the name is likely to imply a connection with that body.

48. Federation

A federation should be a body established to support its members who operate in a specific business sector. To use this word in your proposed name, the company should normally be limited by guarantee. A one-member-one-vote clause and a non-profit distribution clause should be included in the articles of association. The non-profit clause provides that any profits are used to further the objects of the company and not paid to the members as dividends.

To use this word in a business name, the articles, constitution or relevant governance document should include similar provisions. Please include a copy of this document with your application.

49. Financial Conduct Authority

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team 
Financial Conduct Authority 
12 Endeavour Square 
London 
E20 1JN 

50. Financial Reporting Council

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Reporting Council.

enquiries@frc.org.uk

Financial Reporting Council 
8th Floor 
125 London Wall 
London 
EC2Y 5AS 

51. Foundation

To use this word in your proposed name, the company should normally be limited by guarantee. It should have a pool of money, or a regular source of income to promote its objects. You will need to confirm this when you submit your application.

A non-profit distribution clause should be included in the articles of association. The non-profit clause provides that any profits are used to further the objects of the company and not paid to the members as dividends.

In the case of a business name, the articles or relevant governance document should include similar clauses and you should provide a copy when you submit your application.

52. Friendly Society

The expression ‘Friendly Society’ can only be used in the name of a body incorporated under the Friendly Societies Acts 1974 and 1992. For further information, please contact the body shown below.

Email: consumer.queries@fca.org.uk

Financial Conduct Authority 12 Endeavour Square London E20 1JN

53. Fund

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name which is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

54. Government

If your proposed name implies a connection with a UK government department or a devolved administration, you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

A full list of Departments, agencies and public bodies can be found on the GOV.UK website.

55. The Governor and Company of the Bank of England

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Bank of England.

enquiries@bankofengland.co.uk

Bank of England 
Threadneedle Street 
London 
EC2R 8AH 

56. Gwasanaeth iechyd / Wasanaeth iechyd

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Welsh Government 
Department of Health & Social Services 
Cathays Park 
Cardiff 
CF10 3NQ 

57. Health and Safety Executive

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. Please note, that in general the expression “Health and Safety” is not restricted unless a proposed name implies a connection with the relevant body.

England, Wales and Scotland

Online advice form

Health and Safety Executive 
Redgrave Court 
Merton Road 
Bootle 
L20 7HS 

Northern Ireland

mail@hseni.gov.uk

Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland 
83 Ladas Drive 
Belfast 
BT6 9FR 

58. Health and Social Care Board

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Health and Social Care Board.

Enquiry.hscb@hscni.net

Chief Executive 
Health and Social Care Board 
Headquarters 
12-22 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BS 

59. Health centre / Health service

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

England

Contact form: General enquiries

Public Enquiries Unit 
Department of Health and Social Care 
Richmond House 
79 Whitehall 
London 
SW1A 2NS 

Northern Ireland

webmaster@health-ni.gov.uk

Department of Health 
Castle Buildings 
Stormont 
Belfast 
BT4 3SQ 

Scotland

ceu@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Health & Social Care Directorate 
St Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Welsh Government 
Department of Health & Social Services 
Cathays Park 
Cardiff 
CF10 3NQ 

60. Health visitor

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Office of the Chair and Chief Executive 
Nursing & Midwifery Council 
23 Portland Place 
London 
W1B 1PZ 

61. His Majesty / Her Majesty

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reason(s) you wish to use this expression
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub or restaurant, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office  
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone) 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London 
SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

62. House of Commons / House of Lords

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the bodies shown below.

hcinfo@parliament.uk

The Corporate Officer of the House of Commons 
Houses of Parliament 
London 
SW1A 0AA 

hlinfo@parliament.uk

The Corporate Officer of the House of Lords 
Houses of Parliament 
London 
SW1A 0AA 

63. HPSS / HSC

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

webmaster@health-ni.gov.uk

Department of Health 
Castle Buildings 
Stormont 
Belfast 
BT4 3SQ 

64. Inspectorate

The use of this word in a proposed name could imply the company or business has a quasi-judicial role similar to decisions made by a court of law, an administrative tribunal or government officials.

To support your application, please include a letter or email of non-objection from a relevant body.

65. Institute / Institution

Approval to use this word is normally only given to fully functioning established organisations that are already functioning as an institute or institution, but operate under a different name. The range of activities may vary, but these organisations are those that typically undertake research at the highest level, or are professional bodies of the highest standing.

The factors we consider include:

  • whether there is a good reason for establishing the body
  • whether the activities are regulated or unregulated
  • whether the organisation already exists in some form
  • the nature of any work it provides for other organisations
  • the relevance and nature of support from existing organisations
  • whether the body offers training leading to its own qualifications
  • whether the body provides training or activities that support qualifications provided by other bodies such as universities or colleges
  • whether the body’s activities are supported by or associated with activities undertaken by a government body, an independent organisation established in the field or a funding organisation

To support your application, please obtain the views of one or more relevant bodies and include a copy of their response with your application. All applications are considered on their merits. But, if you aren’t an established body, you may wish to consider the option to register under a different name and re-apply later.

66. Insurance / Insurer

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name which is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

67. Judicial appointment

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Ministry of Justice.

enquiries@judicialappointments.gov.uk

Ministry of Justice 
102 Petty France 
London 
SW1H 9A 

68. King

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reason(s) you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office 
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone)  
1 Horse Guards Road 
London 
SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

69. Law Commission

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Law Commission.

enquiries@lawcommission.gov.uk

1st Floor, Tower 
52 Queen Anne’s Gate 
London 
SW1H 9AG 

70. Licensing

You can use this word in your proposed name provided it does not imply a connection with a Licensing Authority specified in the Licensing Act 2003, or any other relevant legislation.

71. Llywodraeth / Lywodraeth

If your proposed name implies a connection with the Welsh government or a UK government department, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below:

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

72. Medical centre

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

webmaster@health-ni.gov.uk

Department of Health 
Castle Buildings 
Stormont 
Belfast 
BT4 3SQ 

73. Midwife / Midwifery

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Nursing & Midwifery Council:

ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Office of the Chair and Chief Executive 
Nursing & Midwifery Council 
23 Portland Place 
London 
W1B 1PZ 

74. Mòrachd / Mhòrachd

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reason(s) you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any royal or government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

75. Mutual

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name which is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

76. National Assembly for Wales / National Assembly of Wales Commission

To use ‘National Assembly for Wales’, ‘National Assembly for Wales Commission’ or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

contact@senedd.wales

Clerk of the Senedd  
Welsh Parliament  
Cardiff Bay 
Cardiff 
CF99 1SN 

77. National Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the National Audit Office.

enquiries@nao.org.uk

National Audit Office 
157-197 Buckingham Palace Road 
London 2′ 
SW1W 9SP 

78. NHS

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Department of Health & Social Care.

Contact Form: General enquiries

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries 
Department of Health and Social Care 
39 Victoria Street 
London 
SW1H 0EU 

79. Northern Ireland / of Northern Ireland / Northern Irish

Use in a name that does not imply a connection with the Northern Ireland Assembly

Applications under the criteria set out below should be sent directly to Companies House.

  1. If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name or ‘of Northern Ireland’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its sector. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Northern Ireland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Northern Ireland. Please confirm the address with your application.
  2. If this word is not the first word in your proposed name it will normally be allowed if the company’s registered office is in Northern Ireland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Northern Ireland. Please confirm the address with your application.

Use in a name that could imply a connection with the Northern Ireland Assembly

If your proposed name is likely to imply a connection with the Northern Ireland Assembly, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from this body. The situation of the company’s registered office should be in Northern Ireland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Northern Ireland. Please confirm the address with your application.

You should only contact the Northern Ireland Assembly if the name is likely to imply a connection with this body.

info@niassembly.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Assembly 
Parliament Buildings 
Ballymiscaw 
Stormont 
Belfast 
BT4 3XX 

80. Northern Ireland Assembly / Northern Ireland Assembly Commission / Northern Ireland Executive

To use any of these expressions or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Northern Ireland Assembly.

info@niassembly.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Assembly 
Parliament Buildings 
Ballymiscaw 
Stormont 
Belfast 
BT4 3XX 

81. Northern Ireland Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Northern Ireland Audit Office.

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Audit Office 
106 University Street 
Belfast 
BT7 1EU 

82. Nurse / Nursing

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Office of the Chair and Chief Executive 
Nursing & Midwifery Council 
23 Portland Place 
London 
W1B 1PZ 

83. Office for Nuclear Regulation

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Office for Nuclear Regulation.

contact@onr.gov.uk

Office for Nuclear Regulation 
Building 4, Redgrave Court 
Merton Road 
Bootle 
L20 7HS 

84. Oifis sgrùdaidh

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from Audit Scotland.

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland 
110 George Street 
Edinburgh 
EH2 4LH 

85. Oilthigh / T-Oilthigh / Oilthighean / H-Oilthighean

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Government.

ceu@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Advanced Learning and Science Directorate 
5 Atlantic Quay 
150 Broomielaw 
Glasgow 
G2 8LG 

86. Ombudsman / Ombwdsmon

To use this word in your proposed name the company or business should be:

  1. A statutory organisation appointed by government authorised to investigate complaints, generally on behalf of individuals such as consumers or taxpayers, against private or public institutions. These organisations may request relevant information from parties in relation to a dispute; or
  2. A non-statutory body which:
  • is certified as a provider of alternate dispute resolution by Trading Standards Institute or other competent authority set out in the Consumer Protection, Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and Information) Regulations 2015
  • is an ombudsman level member of the British Ombudsman Association
  • has a proven track record in dispute resolution in respect of the activity that forms the basis of your application. We would normally expect a track record of at least 12 months.

To support the application, please provide:

  • evidence of certification by the relevant Competent Authority
  • a copy of a letter or email from the Ombudsman Association (or other evidence) confirming your ombudsman level membership
  • evidence of providing dispute resolution for consumers in the sector you wish to operate in, including membership numbers, member names and examples of case studies relating to dispute resolution

If you don’t meet all of these requirements, you may wish to register under a different name and reapply at a later date.

87. Parlamaid / Pharlamaid / Parlamaidean

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

info@parliament.scot

The Secretary 
Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body 
Scottish Parliament 
Edinburgh 
EH99 1SP 

88. Parliament / Parliamentarian / Parliamentary

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the bodies shown below.

hcinfo@parliament.uk

The Corporate Officer of the House of Commons 
Houses of Parliament 
London 
SW1A 0AA 

hlinfo@parliament.uk

The Corporate Officer of the House of Lords 
Houses of Parliament 
London 
SW1A 0AA 

89. Patent / Patentee

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Intellectual Property Office.

enquiries@ipo.gov.uk

Intellectual Property Office 
PDTMD Legal Section 
Concept House 
Cardiff Road 
Newport 
NP10 8QQ 

90. Pensions Advisory Service

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Online enquiry form

The Pensions Service 
120 Holborn 
London 
EC1N 2TD 

91. Police

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body:

England & Wales

public.enquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk

Home Office 
Fry Building 
2 Marsham Street 
London 
SW1P 4DF 

Northern Ireland

eis.webmaster@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk

Department of Justice 
Block B 
Castle Buildings 
Stormont Estate 
Belfast 
BT4 3SG 

Scotland

ceu@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Police Division 
St Andrews House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

92. Polytechnic

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Department for Education.

University.INACOMPANYNAME@education.gov.uk

Department for Education 
Higher and Further Education Group 
Ground Floor 
Sanctuary Buildings 
20 Great Smith Street 
London 
SW1P 3BT 

93. Post Office

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Post Office.

General enquiry form

Post Office Limited 
Finsbury Dials 
20 Finsbury Street 
London 
EC2Y 9AQ 

94. Prifysgol / Phrifysgol / Brifysgol

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Higher Education Governance 
Cathays Park 
Cardiff 
CF10 3NQ 

95. Prince / Princess

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office 
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone) 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London 
SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

96. Prionnsa / Phrionnsa / Bana-phrionnsa / Prionnsaichean / Phrionnsaichean / Bana-Prionnsaichean / Bhana-Phrionnsaichean

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

97. Prudential Regulation Authority

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team 
Financial Conduct Authority 
12 Endeavour Square 
London 
E20 1JN 

98. Prydain / Prydeinig / o Prydain / o Prydain Maw / Phrydain / Brydain / Phrydeinig / Brydeinig

  1. If your proposed name does not imply a connection with government and you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name or ‘o Prydain’ or ‘o Prydain Mawr’ (or mutated forms) is used anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with.
  2. If this word is not the first word in the name it will normally be allowed.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes a forename or initials.
  4. If the use of this word in any part of your proposed name implies a connection with a government department, a devolved administration or a local or specified public authority, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. This also applies if the word is your surname.

99. Public Health Agency

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Public Health Agency.

Contact form

HSC Public Health Agency 
Linenhall Street Unit 
12-22 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BS 

100. Queen

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office 
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone) 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

101. Reassurance / Reassurer

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name which is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

102. Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Wellbeing

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the HSC Public Health Agency.

Contact form

HSC Public Health Agency 
Linenhall Street Unit 
12-22 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BS 

103. Regional Health and Social Care Board

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Health and Social Care Board.

Enquiry.hscb@hscni.net

The Chief Executive 
Health and Social Care Board 
Headquarters 
12-22 Linenhall Street 
Belfast 
BT2 8BS 

104. Registrar

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be one that has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it has the support of those it intends to govern or supervise. Please provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or a relevant body.

105. Regulator

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be one that has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Your application should include evidence to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it has the support of those it intends to govern or supervise. Please include a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or a relevant body.

106. Reinsurance / Reinsurer

Use in a company

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name that is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

107. Riaghaltas / Riaghaltais / Riaghaltasan

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

info@parliament.scot

The Secretary 
Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body 
The Scottish Parliament 
Edinburgh 
EH99 1SP 

108. Rìgh / Banrigh / Bhanrigh / Bhanrighrean / Banrighrean

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

109. Rìoghachd Aonaichte

You can include this expression in a proposed name if it does not imply a connection with a devolved administration, a government department or a local or public authority.

110. Rìoghail / Rìoghalachd

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

111. Royal / Royalty

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland:

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office 
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone) 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London 
SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

112. Scotland / of Scotland / Scottish

Use in a name that does not imply a connection with the Scottish Government

Applications under the criteria set out in 1-3 below should be sent directly to Companies House.

  1. If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name, or ‘of Scotland’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its sector. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with. The situation of the company’s registered office should be in Scotland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be Scotland. Please confirm the address in your application letter.
  2. If this word is not the first word in your proposed name it will normally be allowed if the company’s registered office is in Scotland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be Scotland and please confirm the address in your application letter.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes forenames or initials.

Use in a name that could imply a connection with the Scottish Government

If your proposed name is likely to imply a connection with the Scottish Government, you’ll need to provide a letter of non-objection from this body and include a copy when you send us your application. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Scotland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Scotland. Please confirm the address in your application letter.

You should only contact the Scottish Government if the name is likely to imply a connection with this body.

protocol@gov.scot

The Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG 

113. Scottish Law Commission

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Scottish Law Commission.

info@scotlawcom.gov.uk

Scottish Law Commission 
140 Causewayside 
Edinburgh 
EH9 1PR 

114. Scottish Parliament / Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

info@parliament.scot

The Secretary 
Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body 
Scottish Parliament 
Edinburgh 
EH99 1SP 

115. Senedd / Senedd Cymru

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Parliament.

cysylltu@senedd.cymru

Clerc y Senedd 
Senedd Cymru 
Bae Caerdydd 
Caerdydd  
CF99 1SN 

contact@senedd.wales

Clerk of the Senedd  
Welsh Parliament  
Cardiff Bay 
Cardiff 
CF99 1SN 

116. Sheffield

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Company of Cutlers.

franksco@franksco.com

Company of Cutlers 
Franks & Co 
15 Jessops Riverside 
Brightside Lane 
Sheffield 
S9 2RX 

117. Siambr Fasnach / Siambrau Masnach

To use ‘Siambr Fasnach’ (including its plural forms) in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

info@britishchambers.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce 
65 Petty France 
London 
SW1H 9EU 

118. Social Service

The use of this expression in a proposed name could imply a connection with bodies that provide private and publicly funded social care, with access rights to sensitive personal information. To use this expression, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from a local authority or other relevant body.

119. Society

This word is normally included in the name of a company limited by guarantee. The articles of association should include a one-member-one-vote clause and a non-profit distribution clause. The non-profit clause provides that any profits are used to further the objects of the company and not paid to the members as dividends.

In the case of a business name, the articles or relevant governance documents should include similar clauses. Please include a copy of this document with your application.

120. Special School

To use this expression in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

England

contact DfE online

Department for Education 
Ground Floor 
Sanctuary Buildings 
20 Great Smith Street 
London 
SW1P 3BT 

Northern Ireland

DE.DEWebMail@education-ni.gov.uk

Department of Education 
Special Educational Team 
Balloo Road 
Bangor 
BT19 7PR 

Scotland

enquiries@educationscotland.gov.scot

Education Scotland 
Denholm House 
Almondvale Business Park 
Almondvale Way 
Livingston 
EH54 6GA 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Welsh Government 
Additional Learning Needs 
Education Directorate 
Cathays Park 
Cardiff 
CF10 3NQ 

121. Standards

You can use this word in your proposed name provided its use does not imply the organisation is an established national standard setting body for an activity, trade, business or profession. If it does, your application should include evidence of its status as this type of body, including, if appropriate support from a government or other relevant body.

122. Stock exchange

The use of this expression normally implies a connection with the London Stock Exchange and will not be approved in a company or business name unless there are special circumstances.

123. Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Wales Audit Office.

info@audit.wales

Auditor General for Wales 
Wales Audit Office 
24 Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9LJ 

info@audit.wales

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru 
Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru 
24 Heol y Gadeirlan 
Caerdydd 
CF11 9LJ 

124. Teyrnas Gyfunol / Teyrnas Unedig / Theyrnas Unedig / Deyrnas Gyfunol / Deyrnas Unedig / Theyrnas Gyfunol

You can use this expression if your proposed name does not imply a connection with a government department, devolved administration, or a local or public authority.

125. Trade Union

The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 prohibits a trade union from being registered as a company. This expression is also specified as sensitive in Companies Act 2006 regulations.

126. Tribunal

To use this word in your proposed name, the organisation should normally be one that has a quasi-judicial role similar to decisions made by an administrative tribunal or other institution with the authority to judge, adjudicate on, or determine claims or disputes.

To support your application, please provide evidence of the organisation’s status and if appropriate, a letter or email of non-objection from a relevant body.

If your proposed name implies a connection with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, (shown below), you will need to obtain a letter or email from the Ministry of Justice.

Contact Form: General enquiries

Ministry of Justice 
102 Petty France 
London 
SW1H 9AJ 

HM Courts and Tribunal ServicesHM Courts and Tribunal Services
Employment Appeal TribunalFirst Tier Tribunal War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation
First Tier Tribunal Asylum SupportGangmaster Licensing Appeals Tribunal
First Tier Tribunal Care StandardsGender Recognition Panel
First Tier Tribunal Criminal Injuries CompensationGeneral Regulatory Chamber
First Tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber / General Regulatory ChamberPrimary Health List Tribunal
First Tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber / Immigration and Asylum ChamberReserve Forces Appeal Tribunal
First Tier Tribunal Mental HealthUpper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber / Administrative Appeals Chamber
First Tier Tribunal Property ChamberUpper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber / Immigration and Asylum Chamber
First Tier Tribunal Social Security and Child SupportUpper Tribunal Lands Chamber
First Tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and DisabilityUpper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Chamber / Tax and Chancery Chamber
First Tier Tribunal Tax Chamber 

127. Trust

Approval to use Trust in your proposed name depends on the type of trust you wish to establish.

Depending on the type of trust you’re setting up, the objects of the company should normally be included in the articles of association, or in a covering letter. To use this word in a business name, please provide a copy of the relevant governance document and, if necessary, any additional information to support your application.

127.1 Charitable Trust

If the company intends to carry on business as a charitable trust, it should normally be limited by guarantee, and its articles of association should include charitable objects and a non-profit distribution clause. These requirements also apply to unincorporated bodies, whose application should include a copy of the articles or governance document.

127.2 Family Trust

Family trusts are normally set up by a family member to hold funds in trust for young children, or to protect their assets, for example, a family home, where a family member will become the beneficiary.

The company should normally be limited by guarantee, and the objects/purpose of the company is included in its articles of association.

127.3 Investment Trust

An Investment Trust should normally be a public company that trades its shares on the London Stock Exchange. The objects of the company should be in the articles of association.

If you intend to adopt model articles, the objects of the company should be included in amended articles or in a letter/email. If you don’t intend to register as a public limited company, you should explain the reasons for using ‘Investment Trust’ or ‘Trust’ in your proposed name.

127.4 Pension Trust

A pension trust is normally a contributory fund, whereby trustees hold the assets of the pension scheme in order to pay pension benefits on behalf of its members and their dependents.

The objects of the company should be included in the articles of association. If you intend to adopt model articles, the objects of the company should be included in amended articles, or in a letter or email.

127.5 School Trust

School Trusts are normally independent of Local Authority control and are run by an elected governing body such as a Trust.

The company should normally be limited by guarantee and the objects of the Trust should be included in the articles of association. If you intend to adopt model articles, the objects should be included in amended articles or in a letter or email.

127.6 Trust company

A Trust company is a company set up to act as a trustee, fiduciary or agent on behalf of another person or business. Its activities may include wealth management, bill payments and brokerage services.

To use ‘Trust Company’ or ‘Trust’ in your proposed name, the purpose of the company or business should be included in the articles of association, or in a covering letter.

127.7 Trust corporation

A Trust corporation is a body that undertakes the administration of trusts and estates as defined in section 68 (18) of the Trustee Act 1925 or one that has the power to act as a court of protection deputy and attorney under section 4 (3) of the Public Trustee Act 1906.

To use ‘Trust Corporation’ or ‘Trust’ in your proposed name, the objects/purpose of the company or business should be included in the articles of association, or in a covering letter or email.

127.8 Unit Trust

Unit Trusts are regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority under their Collective Investment Scheme rules. If you intend to operate as a Unit Trust, and your proposed name includes ‘Unit Trust’ or ‘Trust’, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the FCA.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Financial Conduct Authority 
12 Endeavour Square 
London 
E20 1JN  

128. Tywysog / Tywysoges / Dywysog / Dywysoges / Thywysog / Thywysoges

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Government.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reason(s) you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

129. Underwrite / Underwriting

Use in a company or other registered name

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority.

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Use in a business/trading name

If you intend to use this word in a business/trading name that is different to your company name, you will need to provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from the Financial Conduct Authority and send it to enquiries@companieshouse.gov.uk

Please ensure you include the proposed name in the email subject line. If the name is approved, we will send a response by email.

Sensitive Business Names Team  
Financial Conduct Authority  
12 Endeavour Square  
London  
E20 1JN  

130. University

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

Use in registered name

Where the situation of the registered office of the proposed company will be in:

England and Wales

University.INACOMPANYNAME@education.gov.uk

Department for Education 
Higher and Further Education Group 
Ground Floor 
Sanctuary Buildings 
20 Great Smith Street 
London 
SW1P 3BT 

Northern Ireland

DE.DEWebMail@education-ni.gov.uk

Department of Education 
Balloo Road 
Bangor 
BT19 7PR 

Scotland

ceu@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Advanced Learning and Science Directorate 
5 Atlantic Quay 
150 Broomielaw 
Glasgow 
G2 8LG 

Wales (a Welsh company as specified in s.88 Companies Act 2006)

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Use in business name

If you wish to use this word in a business name, then the relevant contact body will depend on the location of the principal place of business. For example, if this is in Wales you must contact the Welsh Government.

131. Wales / of Wales / Welsh

Use in a name that does not imply a connection with the Welsh Government

Applications under the criteria set out in 1-3 below should be sent directly to Companies House.

  1. If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed name or ‘of Wales’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the company is pre-eminent or very substantial in its sector. You should also provide the views or supporting evidence from an independent source, such as a trade association or other private or public body you work with. The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Wales. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Wales. Please confirm the address in your application letter.
  2. If this word is not the first word in your proposed name it will normally be allowed if the company’s registered office is in Wales. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Wales. Please confirm the address in your application letter.
  3. If this word is your surname it will normally be allowed if the proposed name includes forenames or initials.

Use in a name that could imply a connection with the Welsh Government

If your proposed name is likely to imply a connection with the Welsh Government, you will need to provide a letter of non-objection from this body and include a copy when you send your application to Companies House.

The situation of the company’s registered office must be in Wales. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Wales. Please confirm the address in your application letter.

You should only contact the Welsh Government if the name is likely to imply a connection with this body.

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

132. Wales Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Wales Audit Office.

info@audit.wales

Wales Audit Office 
24 Cathedral Road 
Cardiff 
CF11 9LJ 

133. Welsh Parliament

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the Welsh Parliament.

contact@senedd.wales

Clerk of the Senedd 
Welsh Parliament 
Cardiff Bay 
Cardiff 
CF99 1SN 

134. Windsor

To use this word in your proposed name, please provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

To speed up your application, please include:

  • the reasons you wish to use this word
  • whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans
  • details of any Royal or Government associations
  • details of leading members and membership numbers
  • if the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence
  • evidence, if the word is a surname
  • any other relevant information

England & Northern Ireland

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Cabinet Office 
Constitutional Policy Team 
4th Floor (Orange Zone) 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London 
SW1A 2HQ 

Wales

brandingqueries@gov.wales

Branding Manager 
Communications Division 
Welsh Government 
Cathays Park 
CF10 3NQ 

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Scottish Government 
Protocol and Honours Team 
Room 4N.02 
St. Andrew’s House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG