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Sensitive words

 

These are words and expressions which, when included in a company name, may imply business pre-eminence, a particular status or a specific function. For this reason, you must seek approval of the Secretary of State before the proposed company can be incorporated (or requesting a change to a company’s name). The aim is to ensure that the inclusion of the word is justified so that its use in the name does not mislead the public. Companies House administers the approval process on behalf of the Secretary of State.


Is there a list of sensitive words?


The words set out in Appendix A are prescribed under the ‘Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2009 (SI No. 2615)’. To use these words you must obtain the support of the body shown in Table A and send it with the ‘Application to register a company’ (Form IN01) which will allow the Secretary of State to consider whether or not to approve the name.

The words set out in Appendix B are also prescribed under the above regulations. If you choose a name that includes any of these words you will need to write to the 'relevant body' to ask whether they have any objection to the proposed name and deliver a copy of the response with your application.


Appendix A  (click here for Appendix B table)


Accredit

Accreditation

Accredited

Accrediting

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Accreditation Policy

1 Victoria St

London

SW1H 0ET

Accounts Commission for Scotland

The Secretary,

Accounts Commission for Scotland

110 George Street,

Edinburgh EH2 4LH

Assurance

Assurer

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS

Audit Office

England:

Comptroller & Auditor General

Corporate Secretariat

National Audit Office

157-159 Buckingham Palace Road

London

SW1W 9SP

Wales:

Wales Audit Office

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff

CF11 9L

Scotland:

Audit Scotland

The Secretary

110 George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 4LH

Northern Ireland:

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1EU

Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England

Chief Executive's Office,

1st Floor, Millbank Tower

Millbank

London SW1P 4HQ

Auditor General for Wales

Auditor General for Wales

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff

CF11 9LJ


(in Welsh:

24 Heol y Gadeirlan,

Caerdydd

CF11 9LJ)

Audit Scotland

Auditor General for Scotland

The Secretary,

Auditor General for Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh EH2 4LH

Banc

Bank

Banking

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS

Banknote

The Governor and Company of the Bank of England

Threadneedle Street

London

EC2R 8AH

Brenhinol

Brenin

Brenhiniaeth

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

CARDIFF 

CF10 3NQ

Charitable

Charity

England, Wales & Northern Ireland:

Head of Registration

Charity Commission Direct

PO Box 1227

Liverpool

L69 3UG  

Scotland:

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

2nd Floor Quadrant House

9 Riverside Drive

Dundee

DD1 4NY

Child Maintenance

Child Support

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

PO Box 239

Holbeck

Leeds

S11 1EB

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

PO Box 239,

Holbeck,

Leeds

LS11 1EB

Comptroller and Auditor General

Comptroller and Auditor General

Corporate Secretariat

National Audit Office

Elizabeth 2,

151 Buckingham Palace Road

London

SW1W 9SS

Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1EU

Data protection

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

Dental

Dentistry

General Dental Council

For the attention of Registration Development

The Registrar

37 Wimpole Street

London

W1M 8DQ

Diùc

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Dug

Ei Fawrhydi

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Duke

Duchess

Dug

Duges

Ddug

Dduges

Diùc

Ban-diùc

Bhan-dhiùc

Bhan-dhiùcan

Ban-diùcan

Dhiùc

Diùcan

Dhiùcan

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Financial Reporting Council

Financial Reporting Council

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Financial Reporting Council

5th Floor, Aldwych House

71-91 Aldwych

London

WC2B 4HN

Financial Services Authority

Financial Services Authority

The General Counsel’s Division

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Friendly Society

Fund

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS


The Governor and Company of the Bank of England

Bank of England,

Threadneedle Street

London

EC2R 8AH

Gwasanaeth Iechyd

The Welsh Assembly Government

Head of Communications

Health & Social Services Directorate

General Head of Corporate Management

South Wing, 4th Floor

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

Health and Safety Executive

Health and Safety Executive

Redgrave Court

Merton Road

Bootle

Merseyside

L20 7HS

Health Centre

Health Service

Gwasanaeth Iechyd

Wasanaeth Iechyd

England:

Department of Health

Head of Brand Management

Skipton House

80 London Road

London

SE1 6LH

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Head of Communications

Health & Social Services Directorate General

General Head of Corporate Management

South Wing 4th Floor

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Health Directorate

Business Management and Support

Floor 2N.11

St Andrew’s House

Regent Road

Edinburgh

EH1 3DG

Northern Ireland:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Office of the Permanent Secretary

DHSSPS

Room C4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate

Belfast

BT4 3SQ

Health visitor

Nursing & Midwifery Council

The Registrar and Chief Executive

23 Portland Place

London

W1B 1PZ

House of Commons

Corporate Officer of the House of Commons,

House of Commons Legal Services Office,

London SW1 0AA

House of Lords

Corporate Officer of the House of Lords

Houses of Parliament

London SW1A 0AA

His Majesty

Her Majesty

Ei Fawrhydi

Ei Mawrhydi

Mòrachd’

Mhòrachd

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

HPSS

HSC

Office of the Permanent Secretary

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

( DHSSPS)

C.4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate

Belfast

BT4 3SQ

Insurance

Insurer

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS

Judicial appointment

Ministry of Justice

Democracy, Constitution and Law Group

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9A

King

King

Brenin

Brenhines

Frenin

Frenhines

Rìgh

Banrigh

Bhanrigh

Bhanrighrean

Banrighrean

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Law Commission

Ministry of Justice

Democracy, Constitution and Law Group

102 Petty France,

London SW1H 9AJ

Llywodraeth

The Welsh Assembly Government

Head of Communications

Health & Social Services Directorate General

General,Head of Corporate Management

South Wing, 4th Floor

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ  

Medical centre

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Office of the Permanent Secretary

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

C.4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate

Belfast

BT4 3SQ

Midwife

Midwifery

Nursing & Midwifery Council

The Registrar and Chief Executive

23 Portland Place

London

W1B 1PZ

Mòrachd

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Mutual

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS

National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff

CF99 1NA

National Assembly for Wales Commission

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff

CF99 1NA

Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Ireland Assembly

Parliament Buildings

Belfast

BT4 3XX

Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Northern Ireland Assembly

Parliament Buildings

Belfast

BT4 3XX

Northern Ireland Audit Office

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1EU

NHS

Department of Health

Head of Brand Management

Skipton House

80 London Road

London

SE1 6LH

Nurse

Nursing

Nursing & Midwifery Council

The Registrar and Chief Executive

23 Portland Place

London

W1B 1PZ

Oifis sgrùdaidh

Audit Scotland

The Secretary

110 George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 4LH

Oilthigh

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Parlamaid

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Secretary

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

Parliament Parliamentarian Parliamentary

Parlamaid

Pharlamaid

Parlamaidean

Pharlamaidean

The Corporate Officer of the House of Lords

and separately

The Corporate Officer of the House of Commons

Houses of Parliament

London

SW1A 0AA

Patent

Patentee

Intellectual Property Office

Concept House

Cardiff Road

Newport

NP10 8QQ

The Pensions Advisory Service

Department for Work and Pensions Protection and Stewardship,

7 floor, Caxton House

London

SW1H 9NA

Police

England & Wales:

Home Office

Policing Strategy Team

Police Reform Unit

Crime and Policing Group

6th Floor, Fry Building

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

Scotland:

Scottish Executive

Police Division

St Andrews House

Regent Road

Edinburgh

EH1 3DG

Northern Ireland:

Northern Ireland Office

Private Secretary to the Secretary of State

Northern Ireland Office

Stormont House, Stormont Estate

Belfast

BT4 3SH

Polytechnic

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Higher Education Governance

Level 3, Kingsgate House

66-74 Victoria Street

London

SW1E 6SW

Prince

Princess

Tywysog

Tywysoges

Dywysog

Thywysog

Dywysoges

Thywysoges

Prionnsa

Bana-phrionnsa

Bhana-Phrionnsa

Bana-Prionnsaichean

Bhana-Phrionnsaichean

Phrionnsa

Prionnsaichean Phrionnsaichean

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Pregnancy Termination

Department of Health

Sexual Health Policy Team

Department of Health

Wellington House

133 -155 Waterloo Road

London

SE1 8UG

Prifysgol

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Prionnsa

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Queen

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Regional Agency

For Public Health

and Social Well-

being


Regional Health

and Social Care

Board

Office of the Permanent Secretary

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Room C4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate,

Belfast 

BT4 3SQ

Reassurance

Reassurer

Reinsurance

Reinsurer

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS

Riaghaltas

Rìgh

Rìoghail

Rìoghalachd

The Secretary

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

Royal

Brenhinol

Frenhinol

Rìoghail

Royalty

Brenhiniaeth

Frenhiniaeth

Rìoghalachd

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ

Rule committee

Ministry of Justice

Democracy, Constitution and Law Group

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9A

Scottish Law Commission

Chief Executive

Scottish Law Commission

140 Causewayside

Edinburgh

EH9 1PR

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish

Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Secretary

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

Senedd

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff 

CF99 1NA

Sheffield

The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

The Cutlers' Hall

Church Street

Sheffield

S1 1HG  

Special School

England:

Department for Children, Schools and Families

SEN and Disability Division

Sanctuary Buildings

20 Great Smith Street

London 

SW1P 3BT

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Cathays Park 

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ  

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

Northern Ireland:

Department of Education

Special Education Policy Advisory Group

Rathgael House

43 Balloo Road

Bangor

Co. Down  

BT19 7PR

Swyddfa archwilio

Auditor General for Wales

Cathedral Road

Cardiff CF11 9LJ


in Welsh:

24 Heol y Gadeirlan

Caerdydd

CF11 9LJ

Tywysog

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Underwrite Underwriting

Financial Services Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London

E14 5HS

University

Prifysgol

Brifysgol

Phrifysgol

oilthigh

t-Oilthigh

Oilthighean

h-Oilthighean

England:

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Higher Education Governance

1 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0ET

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Higher Education Governance Team

Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw

Glasgow

G2 8LG

Northern Ireland:

Department for Employment and Learning

Head of Higher Education, Finance & Governance

39-49 Adelaide Street

BELFAST

BT2 FD8

Windsor

England & Northern Ireland:

Ministry of Justice

Constitutional Settlement Division

Ministry of Justice

Postal Point 5.25

102 Petty France

London

SW1H 9AJ

Wales:

The Welsh Assembly Government

Public Administration and Honours Unit

Crown Buildings

Cathays Park

Cardiff 

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

The Scottish Executive

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ


Appendix B


Adjudicator

This word implies the same or similar status of an official ombudsman and therefore an implied connection with a government or representative body.  Support should be obtained from the appropriate government or representative body. 

Alba

Registered names only

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the Scottish Executive, a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Scotland.

Albannach

Registered names only

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the Scottish Executive, a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Scotland.

Association

To use this word the company should normally be limited by guarantee with each member having one vote, and include a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association.

Auditor General

This implies a connection with the National, Welsh, Scottish or Northern Ireland Audit Offices. 

Registered office in England:

To use this word you must obtain the written support of

Comptroller & Auditor General

Corporate Secretariat

National Audit Office

157-159 Buckingham Palace Road

London

SW1W 9SP

Registered office in Wales:

To use this word you must obtain the written support of

Wales Audit Office

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff

CF11 9L

Registered office in Scotland

To use this word you must obtain the written support of

Audit Scotland

The Secretary

110 George Street

Edinburgh

EH2 4LH

Northern Ireland:

To use this word you must obtain the written support of

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast

BT7 1EU

Authority

To use this word the company must be either:

 


  • A governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity (for

example sport or religion), trade, business, profession; or


  •  

A body with recognised expertise.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise.  Any applicant should produce evidence of support from a government or other representative body.

Benevolent

The name will normally be refused if it wongly implies that the company has charitable status.  If the company is limited by guarantee and has a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association the name will normally be approved.

Board

To use this word the company must be:

 


  • a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business, profession; or
  • an independent advisory body; or
  • a deliberative assembly.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government Department or other representative body.

Britain

Breatainn

Bhreatainn

If you wish to use either "Britain" or "Great Britain" at the start of the company name or either "of Britain" or "of Great Britain" at the end of the name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and the word is qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Approval is not required for GB.

British

Breatannach

Bhreatanach

Bhreatanaich

Breatannaich

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Cenedlaethol

Use of this word implies a connection with a governing body such as the Welsh Assembly or an advisory, supervisory or representative body.

Chamber of

The use of this word implies representative status such as that associated with a Chamber of Commerce or Trade.  To use this word you would normally need to obtain written support to from these or other representative body 

Charter

Chartered

Names that include these words will be refused if they unjustifiably give the impression that the company has a Royal Charter.  If the words are used to qualify a profession, we will seek the advice of the appropriate governing body before considering whether to give approval.

Commission

Comisiwn

Gomisiwn

Chomisiwn Coimisean

Choimisean

Coimisein

This word implies that the company has a regulatory role such as a:

 


  • a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business, profession; or
  • an independent advisory body; or
  • a deliberative assembly.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a government department or other representative body.

Co-operative

To use this word the company should normally be limited by guarantee with each member having one vote, and include a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association.  However, a company limited by shares may also be permitted to use 'co-operative' in its name in some circumstances. If this applies to your company please provide further information about why you wish to use this word.

Council

Cyngor

Gyngor

Chyngor

Comhairle

Chomhairle

Comhairlean

Chomhairlean

To use this word the company must be:

 


  • a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade,

business, profession; or


  •  

an independent advisory body; or

  • a deliberative assembly.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government Department or other representative body.

Cymru

Gymru

Chymru

Nghymru

Cymreig

Cymraeg

Chymraeg

Chymreig

Gymraeg

Gymreig

Chymreig

Registered names only

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Wales.

Disciplinary

Discipline

This word implies that the company has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government department or other representative body.

England

English

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in England and Wales.

European

Names which include this word will not be approved if they unjustifiably imply a connection with official bodies of the European Union. If there is a genuine connection with an official body, the name may be allowed if the appropriate body supports the application.

Federation

To use this word the company should normally be limited by guarantee with each member having one vote, and include a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association.

Foundation

Fund

The name will normally be refused if it wongly implies that the company has charitable status. If the company is limited by guarantee and has a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association then the name will normally be approved.

Giro

This word implies a connection with an official or private banking organisation or activity.  Please provide support from an appropriate body or further information about why you want to use this word.

Government

Llywodraeth

Lywodraeth

Riaghaltas

Riaghaltais

Riaghaltasan

This word implies a connection with a Government and will normally be refused.

Group

The use of this word normally implies several companies under one corporate ownership and you will need to provide evidence of association with two or more other British or overseas companies. If the name clearly shows that the company is to promote the interests of a group of individuals, then the name will normally be approved.

Gwladol

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a the Welsh Assembly Government, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Wales with its address being in Wales at the time of the adoption of the name.

Holding

A company wishing to use this word must be a holding company as defined under section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006.

Human Rights

To use this expression the public would expect the company to be:

 


  •  working or campaigning for the better protection or

promotion of human rights, at home or abroad; or

 


  • providing a legal, advice or training service in relation to

human rights.

Prior approval will be given for a name that includes these words by any charitable or not-for-profit body provided that the full name does not unjustifiably suggest a special status in relation to the Council of Europe, the Human Rights Act, or one of the human rights commissions.

Inspectorate

This word implies the company has a quasi-judicial role similar to decisions made by a court of law, administrative tribunal or government officials.

Institute

Institution

Approval for use of these words is normally given only to those organisations which are carrying out research at the highest level or to professional bodies of the highest standing. You will need to show us that there is a need for the proposed institute and that it has appropriate regulations or examination standards. You will need evidence of support from other representative and independent bodies.

International

If you wish to use this word at the start of the name, you need to show that the major part of the company's activities is in trading overseas. If you wish to use it at the end of the name,  then you will need to show that the company operates in two or more overseas countries.

Licensing

This word implies that the company has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government department or other representative body.

Na h-Alba

Registered names only

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the Scottish Executive, a UK Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Scotland.

National

Cenedlaethol

Gwladol

Genedlaethol

Chenedlaethol

Wladol

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

Northern Ireland

Northern Irish

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Northern Ireland.

Ombudsman

Ombwdsmon

This word implies an official organisation appointed by government to investigate complaints, generally on behalf of individuals such as consumers or taxpayers, against private or public institutions.  These organisations also have access rights to sensitive personal information.  To use this word you need to provide support from the appropriate Government department.

Oversight

This word implies that the company has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government department or other representative body.

Post Office

Use of these words imply the company is a part of the Royal Mail Group.

Prydain

Brydain

Phrydain

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the Welsh Assembly Government,  a a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Wales.

Prydeinig

Brydeinig

Phrydeinig

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the Welsh Assembly Government,  a a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Wales.

Register

Registered

Registration

Registry

The name will not be registered if it unjustifiably implies a connection with HM Government, devolved Government, local authority or other representative body, unless the appropriate body supports the application, including if the words are linked with a professional qualification.

Registrar

This word is likely to imply a connection with with HM Government or a local authority.  If such a connection actually exists, the name may be allowed if the appropriate body supports the application.

Regulator

Regulation

This word implies an official organisation appointed by government to regulate public and private organisations or investigate complaints, generally on behalf of individuals such as consumers or taxpayers, against private or public institutions.  To use this word you need to provide support from the appropriate Government department.

Scotland

Scottish

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the Scottish Executive, a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Scotland.

Siambr

Siambr o

The use of this word implies representative status such as that associated with a Chamber of Commerce or Trade.  To use this word you would normally need to obtain written support to from these or other representative body 

Social Service

prescribed to protect the public from persons implying that they have access rights to any sensitive personal information that in fact they do not.

Use of these words may imply a connection with a local authority Social Services department with access rights to sensitive personal information.   To use these words you should obtain support from the appropriate local authority.

Society

To use this word the company should normally be limited by guarantee with each member having one vote, and include a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association.

Standards

This word implies that the company has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government department or other representative body.

Stock exchange

The inclusion of theese words imply the company is part of oir conenected with the "Stock Exchange".

Teyrnas Unedig

Deyrnas Unedig

Theyrnas Unedig

Teyrnas Gyfunol Deyrnas Gyfunol

Theyrnas Gyfunol

Approval of this expression in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Approval is not required for TG or TU.

Trade Union

Names including this expression will normally be refused unless they conform to legislation relating to trade unions.

Tribunal

This word implies the company 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 use this word you will need to provide support from the appropriate government or representative body.

Charitable Trust

These companies need to have charitable objects and a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association. You will be asked for confirmation that you have made, or will make, an application for registration as a charity with the Charity Commission. Scottish companies wishing to use the expression 'charitable trust' will need to apply to the Inland Revenue in Edinburgh as the Charity Commission has no jurisdiction in Scotland.

Educational Trust

The company should have a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association and the name should reflect the nature of the trust. The promoters should be of high standing in the field.

Artistic Trust

The company should have a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association and the name should reflect the nature of the trust. The promoters should be of high standing in the field.

Enterprise Trust

The company should have a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association and you must provide evidence of support from, for example, local authorities, businesses or banks.

Family Trust

The company should have a non-profit distribution clause in the articles of association and the objects should reflect the nature of the trust.  Names of family trusts will usually be approved if the name as a whole identifies the company as such.

Financial Trust

If you wish to use these expressions, you will need to provide a written assurance that substantial paid up share capital or other funds will be achieved within a reasonable period after incorporation.

Investment Trust

If you wish to use these expressions, you will need to provide a written assurance that substantial paid up share capital or other funds will be achieved within a reasonable period after incorporation.

Pensions Trust

The name of the company must include the name of the parent company and the objects of the company must include the operation of pension funds.

Staff Trust

The name of the company must include the name of the parent company and the objects of the company must include the operation of pension funds.

Unit Trust

If you wish to use this as part of your company name, you should seek the advice of Companies House in Cardiff.  If the company is to be registered in Scotland, contact Companies House in Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Rìoghachd Aonaichte

Approval of this expression in your company name will depend on how it is used. If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Approval is not required for UK.

Wales

Welsh

Approval of this word in your company name will depend on how it is used.  If you wish to use the word at the beginning of your company name, you would need to show that the company is pre-eminent in its field by providing supporting evidence from an independent source such as the welsh assembly Government, a Government department, trade association or other representative body.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name and qualified by words that do not describe an activity or product, for example by using a 'made-up' word, then evidence of pre-eminence is not necessarily essential.  However, you would be expected to show that your company is substantial in relation to its activity or product and that it is eminent in its own field.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if the company name includes forenames or initials.

Unless the word is a surname the company’s  registered office must be in Wales.

Watchdog

This word implies that the company has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body.

Evidence must be produced to show that the company will be what it claims, and that it is has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.  In addition, the applicant should produce evidence of support from at least one independent and appropriate body such as a Government department or other representative body.