Guidance

Annex A: Sensitive words and expressions specified in regulations that require the prior approval of the Secretary of State to use in a company or business name

Updated 28 April 2017

1. Sensitive words and expressions specified in regulations that require the prior approval of the Secretary of State to use in a company or business name

1.1 Accounts Commission for Scotland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Accounts Commission for Scotland
110 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4LH

1.2 Accredit / Accreditation / Accredited / Accrediting

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Accreditation Policy
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

1.3 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 official ombudsman or government officials. To support your application you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from a relevant body.

1.4 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 criteria does not apply to business names.
  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. This criteria does not apply to business names.
  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 business names.

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 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 and you must 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

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.5 Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@wao.gov.uk

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru
24 Heol y Gadeirlan
Caerdydd
CF11 9LJ

Auditor General for Wales
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

1.6 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.

These requirements do not apply if the company is a residents or tenants association.

1.7 Assurance / Assurer

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinesN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.8 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 the National Audit Office, the Financial Reporting Council, the Cabinet Office or Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd.

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

National Audit Office - Officeenquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Financial Reporting Council - enquiries@frc.org.uk

Cabinet Office - publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Public Sector Audit Appointments – generalenquiries@psaa.co.uk

1.9 Auditor General / Audit Office

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

England

enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

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

Scotland

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland
110 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4LH

Northern Ireland

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Audit Office
106 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1EU

Wales

info@wao.gov.uk

Wales Audit Office
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

1.10 Auditor General for Northern Ireland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Audit Office
106 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1EU

1.11 Auditor General for Scotland / Audit Scotland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Auditor Scotland
110 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4LH

1.12 Auditor General for Wales

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@wao.gov.uk

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru
24 Heol y Gadeirlan
Caerdydd
CF11 9LJ

Auditor General for Wales
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

1.13 Banc / Bank / Banking

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.14 Benevolent

This word should be included in the name of company limited by guarantee, which is or intends to be a registered charity. 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, constitution or relevant governance document should include similar clauses.

1.15 Breatainn / Breatannach

  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, 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 forenames 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, you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. This applies even if the name is a surname.

1.16 Brenin / Brenhines

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.17 Brenhinol / Brenhiniaeth

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.18 Britain / British

  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 ‘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 forenames 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, you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. This also applies if the word is a surname.

1.19 Chamber of: Commerce / Business / Enterprise / Industry / Trade / Training

To use ‘Chamber of Commerce, Business, Enterprise, Industry, Trade or Training’ (or their plural forms), in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body shown below.

England and Wales

info@britishchambers.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce
65 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EU

Northern Ireland

mail@northernirelandchamber.com

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
22 Great Victoria Street
Belfast
BT2 7BJ

Scotland

admin@scottishchambers.org.uk

Scottish Chambers of Commerce
30 George Square
Glasgow
G2 1EQ

1.20 Charitable / Charity

New incorporation or business name

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

For applicants in Northern Ireland, if the organisation was previously on the HMRC ‘deemed list’ consider the advice on the CCNI website before submitting your application.

England and Wales

registrationapplications@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

Head of Registration
Charity Commission Direct
PO Box 1227
Liverpool
L69 3UG

Scotland

info@oscr.org.uk

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

Northern Ireland

casework@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 bearing the registered charity number. Subject to our normal examination checks, we will register the name.

If you are a Northern Ireland company not registered with the CCNI and included in the HMRC ‘deemed list’, provide evidence of the company’s tax-exempt status.

The Charity regulator can only provide a view about the use of ‘Charity’ or ‘Charitable’. See separate approval requirement to use ‘Trust’ in this Annex.

1.21 Charter

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide evidence of the organisations royal charter status or other reasons for using this word. Names that include expressions such as ‘Charter Flights’, ‘Holidays’ or similar are not restricted.

1.22 Chartered

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

If you are an existing body and wish to include ‘Chartered’ in your proposed name, you must provide evidence of your royal charter status. If you have already registered as a company, you cannot use this word in another company name.

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

1.23 Chartered Accountant / ICAEW

To use ‘Chartered Accountant’ (or ICAEW) in your proposed name you must 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

facilities@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

1.24 Chartered Secretary

To use this title in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of authorisation from:

membersupport@icsaglobal.com

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
Saffron House
6-10 Kirby Street
London
EC1N 8TS

1.25 Chartered Surveyor

To use this title in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of authorisation from:

contactrics@rics.org

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Parliament Square
London
SW1P 3AD

1.26 Child Maintenance / Child Support

The use of these expressions in a proposed name could imply a connection with services provided by or on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Your application must include a letter or email of non-objection from the body shown below.

England, Wales and Scotland

Child Maintenance Options

Northern Ireland

Child Maintenance Choices

1.27 Comhairle

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You must also provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local authority or other relevant organisation.

1.28 Coimisean

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You will also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or other relevant organisation.

1.29 Comisiwn

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You will also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or other relevant organisation.

1.30 Comisiwn Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

cysylltu@cynulliad.cymru

Clerc y Cynulliad
Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
Bae Caerdydd
Caerdydd
CF99 1NA

contact@assembly.wales

Clerk of the Assembly
The National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

1.31 Commission

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You will also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government body or other relevant organisation.

1.32 Community Benefit Society

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This expression can only be used by a society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. For further information, contact:

consumer.queries@fca.org.uk

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

1.33 Comptroller and Auditor General

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Corporate Secretariat
National Audit Office
Elizabeth 2
151 Buckingham Palace Road
London
SW1W 9SS

1.34 Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Audit Office
106 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1EU

1.35 Co-operative

The expressions ‘Co-operative Society’ and ‘Community Benefit Society’ can only be used in the name of a society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

For further information and before applying to use ‘Co-operative’ in a company or business name visit the FCA website.

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

  1. It should be owned and controlled by its members, customers or employees.
  2. 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.
  3. Members’ should participate in the economic activity of the business.
  4. Profits should be distributed equally amongst the members’ or at least in proportion to the extent each member has participated in the business.
  5. These principles should be included in the company’s articles of association or in the rules/constitution of an unincorporated business.
  6. Any application to use this word in a business name must include a copy of the rules or constitution document.

1.36 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. For further information, contact the Financial Conduct Authority.

consumer.queries@fca.org.uk

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

1.37 Council

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise. You will also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local or specified public authority or a relevant body.

1.38 Cymru / Cymreig / Cymraeg

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 criteria does not apply to business names.
  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 criteria does not apply to business names.
  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 business names.

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 and you must 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.

Email: brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.39 Cyngor

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern, supervise, or look to it for expertise.

You will also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local or specified public authority or a relevant body.

1.40 Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

cysylltu@cynulliad.cymru

Clerc y Cynulliad
Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
Bae Caerdydd
Caerdydd
CF99 1NA

contact@assembly.wales

Clerk of the Assembly
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

1.41 Dental / Dentistry

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of authorisation from:

businessnames@gdc-uk.org

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

1.42 Dentist / Dental Surgeon / Dental / Practitioner

The Dental Act 1984 protects these titles. To use them in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of authorisation from:

businessnames@gdc-uk.org

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

1.43 Diùc / Ban-diùc

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.44 Dug / Duges

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.45 Duke / Duchess

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland

RoyalNames@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reasons you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information.

Wales

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.46 Ei Fawrhydi / Ei Mawrhydi

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Brand Manager
Strategic and Corporate Communications
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.47 England / of England / English

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

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 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.
  2. 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 you must confirm the address in your application letter.
  3. 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 and you must confirm the address in your application letter.

If this word is your surname it will normally be approved if 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 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 you must confirm the address in your application letter.

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

1.48 Federation

To use this word in your proposed name the company should 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.

1.49 Financial Conduct Authority / Financial Services Authority

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.50 Financial Reporting Council

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@frc.org.uk

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

1.51 Foundation

To use this word in your proposed name the company should be limited by guarantee. The company or business should have a pool of money or a regular source of finance available 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, constitution or relevant governance document should include similar clauses.

1.52 Friendly Society

This expression can only be used in the name of a body incorporated under the Friendly Societies Acts 1974 and 1992. For further information, contact:

enquiries@bankofengland.co.uk

Bank of England
Threadneedle Street
London
EC2R 8AH

1.53 Fund

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.54 Government

If your proposed name implies a connection with the UK Government or a devolved administration, you will need to provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

1.55 The Governor and Company of the Bank of England

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@bankofengland.co.uk

Bank of England
Threadneedle Street
London
EC2R 8AH

1.56 Gwasanaeth iechyd

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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

1.57 Health and Safety Executive

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England, Wales and Scotland

advice@hse.gsi.gov.uk

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

Northern Ireland

emasmail@hseni.gov.uk

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

1.58 Health and Social Care Board

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

Enquiry.hscb@hscni.net

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

1.59 Health centre / Health service

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England

http://www.info.doh.gov.uk

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

Northern Ireland

webmaster@dhsspsni.gov.uk

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Castle Buildings
Stormont
Belfast
BT4 3SQ

Scotland

ceu@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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

Wales

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

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

1.60 Health visitor

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

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

1.61 His Majesty / Her Majesty

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland

RoyalNames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reason (s) you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information.

Wales

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.62 House of Commons / House of Lords

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

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

1.63 HPSS / HSC

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

webmaster@dhsspsni.gov.uk

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Castle Buildings
Stormont
Belfast
BT4 3SQ

1.64 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, administrative tribunal or government officials.

Your application must include a letter or email of non-objection from a government department or other relevant body.

1.65 Institute / Institution

Approval to use this word is normally only given to fully functioning established organisations that operate under a different name. The range of activities may vary but institutes are organisations that typically undertake research at the highest level or are professional bodies of the highest standing. The factors we’ll take into account include:

  • whether there is a good reason for establishing the institute
  • 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 institute offers training leading to its own qualifications
  • whether the institute provides training or activities that support qualifications provided by other bodies such as universities or colleges
  • whether the institute’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

You should also obtain the views (letter or email) of one or more relevant bodies.

If you aren’t an established fully functioning body you should register using a different name and, if applicable, re-apply later.

1.66 Insurance / Insurer

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.67 Judicial appointment

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

general.queries@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Ministry of Justice
Democracy, Constitution and Law Group
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9A

1.68 King

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland

RoyalNames@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reason(s) you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information

Wales

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.69 Law Commission

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@lawcommission.gsi.gov.uk

Law Commission 1st Floor, Tower
52 Queen Anne's Gate
London
SW1H 9AG

1.70 Licensing

This word is associated with a body that protects intellectual property rights or carries out licensing functions under the Licensing Act 2003, such as the licensing of alcohol sales, entertainment or clubs.

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

1.71 Llywodraeth

If your proposed name implies a connection with the Welsh or UK Government, you will need to provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Head of Communications
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.72 Medical centre

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

webmaster@dhsspsni.gov.uk

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Castle Buildings
Stormont
Belfast
BT4 3SQ

1.73 Midwife / Midwifery

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Peter Pinto de Sa
Head of Office of the Chair and Chief Executive
Nursing & Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
London
W1B 1PZ

1.74 Mòrachd

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.75 Mutual

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.76 National Assembly for Wales / National Assembly for Wales Commission

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

contact@assembly.wales

Clerk of the Assembly
The National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

1.77 National Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

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

1.78 NHS

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

nhs.identity@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Department of Health
Head of Brand
4th Floor, Communications Division
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NS

1.79 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 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 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.
  2. 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 and you must confirm the address in your application letter.
  3. 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 and you must confirm the address in your application letter.

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 Northern Ireland Assembly 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 Northern Ireland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Northern Ireland and you must confirm the address in your application letter.

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
Belfast
BT4 3XX

1.80 Northern Ireland Assembly / Northern Ireland Assembly Commission / Northern Ireland Executive

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@niassembly.gov.uk

Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliament Buildings
Belfast
BT4 3XX

1.81 Northern Ireland Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

[info@niauditoffice.gov.uk]

Northern Ireland Audit Office
106 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1EU

1.82 Nurse / Nursing

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

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

1.83 Office for Nuclear Regulation

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

ONRenquiries@onr.gsi.gov.uk

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

1.84 Oifis sgrùdaidh

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Audit Scotland
110 George Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4LH

1.85 Oilthigh

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.86 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.
  2. A non-statutory body which:
    • is certified as a provider of alternate dispute resolution by Trading Standards Institute (the body appointed by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills to carry out such certification), 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 that track record to be for at least 12 months.

To support the application to register a company name or to obtain approval to use a business name, you should provide:

  1. Evidence of certification by the relevant Competent Authority
  2. A copy of an email or letter from the Ombudsman Association (or other evidence) confirming your ombudsman level membership
  3. 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 should register using a different name and, if applicable, reapply later when you can demonstrate that you do meet them.

1.87 Parlamaid

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

sp.info@scottish.parliament.uk

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

1.88 Parliament / Parliamentarian / Parliamentary

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

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

1.89 Patent / Patentee

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

ipenforcement@ipo.gov.uk

Intellectual Property Office
Copyright and Enforcement Directorate
Concept House
Cardiff Road
Newport
NP10 8QQ

1.90 The Pensions Advisory Service

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

ministers@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Department for Work and Pensions
Protection and Stewardship
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London
SW1H 9NA

1.91 Police

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Wales

public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov

Home Office
Crime and Policing Group
Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Northern Ireland

dojweb@dojni.x.gsi.gov.uk

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

Scotland

ceu@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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

1.92 Polytechnic

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from:

enquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
Higher Education Governance
Level 3, Kingsgate House
66-74 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6SW

1.93 Post Office

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

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

1.94 Prifysgol

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.95 Prince / Princess

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland

RoyalNames@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reasons you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information.

Wales

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.96 Prionnsa / Bana-phrionnsa

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.97 Prudential Regulation Authority

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.98 Prydain / Prydeinig

  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 forenames 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, you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body. This also applies if the word is your surname

1.99 Public Health Agency

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

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

1.100 Queen

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland

RoyalNames@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reasons you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information.

Wales

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.101 Reassurance / Reassurer

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.102 Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Wellbeing

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

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

1.103 Regional Health and Social Care Board

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

Enquiry.hscb@hscni.net

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

1.104 Registrar

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern or supervise.

You should also provide a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local or specified public authority or a relevant body.

1.105 Registered Society

This expression can only be used in the name of a society registered under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. For further information, contact:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.106 Regulator

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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 whomever it claims it will govern or supervise. You must also include a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local or specified public authority or a relevant body.

1.107 Reinsurance / Reinsurer

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.108 Riaghaltas

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

sp.info@scottish.parliament.uk

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

1.109 Rìgh Banrigh

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.110 Rìoghachd Aonaichte

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

1.111 Rìoghail Rìoghalachd

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.112 Royal / Royalty

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland:

RoyalNames@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reasons you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information.

Wales

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.113 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 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. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be Scotland and you must 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 you must 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 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 Scotland. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in Scotland and you must 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

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

1.114 Scottish Law Commission

To use this this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@scotlawcom.gsi.gov.uk

Chief Executive
Scottish Law Commission
140 Causewayside
Edinburgh
EH9 1PR

1.115 Scottish Parliament / Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

To use this this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

sp.info@scottish.parliament.uk

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

1.116 Senedd

To use this this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

contact@assembly.wales

The National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

1.117 Sheffield

To use this this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

franksco@franksco.com

Company of Cutlers
Franks & Co (incorporating Hulse & Co)
15 Jessops Riverside
Brightside Lane
Sheffield
S9 2RX

1.118 Siambr Fasnach / Ddiwydiant / Fenter / Fusnes / Hyfforddiant

To use ‘Siambr Fasnach, Ddiwydiant, Fenter, Fusnes or Hyfforddiant’ (or their plural forms), in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@britishchambers.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce
65 Petty France
London
SW1H 9EU

1.119 Social Service

The use of this expression implies a connection activities provided by a local authority with access rights to sensitive personal information. To use it in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from a local authority or other relevant body.

1.120 Society

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. If you are a business, the articles should include similar clauses.

If this word is included in a business name, the articles, constitution or relevant governance document should include similar provisions.

1.121 Special School

To use this this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England

Department for Education
Special Educational Needs and Disability
2 St Paul's Place
125 Norfolk Street
Sheffield
S1 2FJ

Northern Ireland

mail@deni.gov.uk

Department of Education
Special Educational Needs
Rathgael House
43 Balloo Road
Bangor
County Down
BT19 7PR

Scotland

ceu@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scottish Government
Special Educational Needs
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Wales

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Special Educational Needs
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.122 Standards

The use of this word in a proposed name must not imply the organisation has a regulatory role, such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. If it does, your application must 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.

You will also need to include a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local or specified public authority or a relevant body.

1.123 Stock exchange

To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.124 Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@wao.gov.uk

Auditor General for Wales
Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

info@wao.gov.uk

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru
24 Heol y Gadeirlan
Caerdydd
CF11 9LJ

1.125 Teyrnas Gyfunol / Teyrnas Unedig

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

1.126 Trade Union

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

1.127 Tribunal

To use this word in your proposed name the organisation should 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.

Your application must include a letter or email of non-objection from a government body, a local or specified public authority or a relevant body.

1.128 Trust

Approval to use Trust in your proposed name depends on the type of trust you wish to establish, for example, a Charitable Trust, Employee Trust, Investment Trust or, Academy Trust. Your application letter should describe the type and purpose of the proposed Trust and include clear and specific objects in the articles of association.

If your proposed name also includes the sensitive word ‘Charitable’, you will need to meet the approval requirement for this word.

1.129 Tywysog / Tywysoges

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.130 Underwrite / Underwriting

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

1.131 Unit Trust

The Financial Conduct Authority regulate unit trusts in the UK under their Collective Investment Scheme rules. To use this expression in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

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

1.132 University

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

Use in registered name

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

England and Wales

enquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Department for Business, Innovation &
Skills
Higher Education Governance
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

Northern Ireland

mail@deni.gov.uk

Department of Education
Rathgael House
Balloo Road
Rathgill
Bangor
BT19 7PR

Scotland

ceu@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Scottish Government
Higher Education Governance Team
Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LG

Wales (Welsh company)

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
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 should contact the Welsh Government.

1.133 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.
  2. 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 and you must confirm the address in your application letter. 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 and you must 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 and you must 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@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.134 Wales Audit Office

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

info@wao.gov.uk

Wales Audit Office
24 Cathedral Road
Cardiff
CF11 9LJ

1.135 Welsh Government / Welsh Assembly Government

To use this expression or anything similar in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

1.136 Windsor

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

England & Northern Ireland

RoyalNames@cabinet-office.gsi.gov.uk

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

To speed up your application email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible, such as:

  1. The reasons you wish to use this word.
  2. Whether the organisation already exists, its current activities and future plans.
  3. Details of any Royal or Government associations.
  4. Details of leading members and membership numbers.
  5. If the name represents a pub, evidence of location and length of time in existence.
  6. Evidence, if the word is a surname.
  7. Any other relevant information.

Wales

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

brandingqueries@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Welsh Government
Public Administration and Honours Unit
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Scotland

To use this word in your proposed name you must provide a letter or email of non-objection from:

protocol@gov.scot

Protocol and Honours Team
Scottish Government
2W, St. Andrew's House
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG