UK Company Name

You will need to choose your company name carefully. It will reflect on your image as it will be the first impression you give about your company.

Certain words and expressions are governed by legislation and their use in company or business names might be a criminal offence.

You will need permission from the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry or a board or authority to include in your company name. The list is below.

With certain words, you may need permission from more than one board or authority.

You will notify as to what permissions you will need if one of these words is in the company name you propose.

Restricted words list:

Abortion
Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board
Accounting Standards Board
Auditing Practices Board
Board for Actuarial Standards
Accounts Commission for Scotland
Accounts Commission
Accredit
Accreditation
Accredited
Accrediting
Adjudicator
Advisory Service EMAS
Agency
Alba
Na h-Alba
Albannach
Anzac
Architect
Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru
Art psychotherapist.
Art therapist.
Artistic Trust Educational Trust
Assembly
Association
Assurance
Assurer
Audit Commission
Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England and Wales
Audit Office Auditor General
Audit Scotland
Auditor General for Scotland
Auditor General for Wales
Audit Office
Auditor General
Authority
Bachelor of medicine.
Bana-phrionnsa
Bana-Prionnsaichean
Banc
Ban-diùc
Ban-diùcan
Bank
Banknote
Banking
Banrigh
Banrighrean
Benevolent
Bhana-Phrionnsa
Bhana-Phrionnsaichean
Bhan-dhiùc
Bhan-dhiùcan
Bhanrigh
Bhanrighrean
Bhreatainn
Breatannach
Bhreatanach
Bhreatanaich
Biomedical scientist.
Board
Border Agency     UKBA
Breatainn
Breatannaich
Brenhines
Brenhiniaeth
Brenhinol
Brenin
Brifysgol
Britain
British
Brydain Prydeinig
Brydeinig
Building Society
Cabinet Office
Cadw
Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales
CISSW
Cenedlaethol
Chamber of
Chamber of Commerce
Charitable
Charitable Trust
Charity
Charter
Chartered
Chartered Accountant
ICAEW
Chartered Secretary
Chartered Surveyor
Chemist. Dispensing Chemist.
Chenedlaethol
Child Maintenance
Child Support
Child Maintenance or Enforcement Commission
Chiropodist.
Chiropractic physician.
Chiropractic practitioner.
Chiropractioner.
Chiropractor.
Choimisean
Chomhairle
Chomhairlean
Chomisein
Chomisiwn
Chymraeg
Chymreig
Chymreig Registered names only
Chymru
Chyngor
Citius, Altius, Fortius.
Clinical psychologist.
Clinical scientist.
Coimisean
Coimisein    
Comhairle
Comhairlean
Comisiwn
Comisiwn Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
Commission
Commissioner
Commonhold Association
Comptroller and Auditor General
Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland
Contact lens
Co-operative
Copyright
Council
Counselling psychologist.
Credit Union
Crime SOCA
Crime Squad
Criminal Intelligence service
Cymraeg
Cymru
Cyngor
Data protection
Ddug
Dduges  
Dental
Dental Practitioner
Dental Surgeon
Dentist
Dentistry
Department for/of
Design
Deyrnas Gyfunol
Dhiùc
Dhiùcan
Diagnostic radiographer.
Dietician.
Dietitian.
Disciplinary
Discipline
Dispensing Druggist. Pharmaceutical chemist.
Dispensing Optician.
Diùc
Diùcan
Doctor of medicine. Licentiate in medicine andsurgery.
Drama therapist.
Druggist.
Duchess
Dug
Duges
Duke
Dywysog
Dywysoges
Educational psychologist.
Ei Fawrhydi
Ei Mawrhydi
Employment Medical Advisory Service
England
English
Enrolled Optician.
Enterprise Trust
European
Family Trust
Faster, Higher, Stronger.
Federation
Financial Reporting Council
Financial Reporting Review Panel
Financial Services Authority
Financial Trust Investment Trust
Forensic psychologist.
Foundation
Frenhines
Frenhiniaeth
Frenhinol
Frenin
Friendly Society
Fund
G.B (or any variation)
G.B.
GB
Genedlaethol
General practitioner.
Geneva Cross
Giro
Gomisiwn
Government
Group
Gwasanaeth iechyd
Gwladol
Gymraeg
Gymreig
Gymru
Gyngor  
Health and Safety  
Health and Safety Executive
Health centre
Health service
Health psychologist.
Health visitor
Her Majesty    
His Majesty
HMRC
h-Oilthighean
Holding
Holdings
Home Office
House of Commons
House of Lords
Housing Corporation
HPSS
HSC
HSE
Human rights
Industrial and Provident Society
Inspectorate
Institute
Institution
Insurance
Insurer
Intellectual Property
IPO
UKIPO
International
Ireland.
Irish.
Judicial appointment
King
Law Commission
Licensing
Licensing Authority Assets Recovery
Llywodraeth
Lywodraeth
Medical centre
Mhòrachd’
Midwife
Midwifery
Ministry
Ministry of  
Mòrachd’
Music therapist.
Mutual
N Ireland
N. Ireland
N.I
N.I.
NAFW
NAFWC
National
National Accounts
National Accounting
NAO
National Assembly for Wales
National Assembly for Wales Commission
NAW
NAWC
Nghymru Cymreig
NHS
NI
Northern Ireland Assembly
Northern Ireland Assembly Commission
Northern Ireland Audit Office
Northern Ireland Northern Irish
Nuclear Installation
Nurse
Nursing
Occupational psychologist.
Occupational therapist.
Oifis sgrùdaidh
Oilthigh
Oilthighean
Olympiad
Olympian
Olympic
Ombudsman Ombwdsmon  
Operating department practitioner.
Ophthalmic Optician.
Optician.
Optometrist.
Orthoptist.
Orthotist.
Oversight
Paralympiad
Paralympian
Paralympic
Paramedic.
Parlamaid
Parlamaidean
Parliament Parliamentarian Parliamentary
Parliamentary Corporate Body
Patent
Patentee
Pensions Trust
Pharlamaid
Pharlamaidean
Pharmaceutist.
Pharmacist.
Pharmacy.
Phrifysgol
Phrionnsa
Phrydain
Phrydeinig
Physical therapist.
Physician.
Physiotherapist.
Podiatrist.
Police
Polytechnic
Post Office
Practitioner psychologist.
Pregnancy termination
Prifysgol
Prince
Princess
Prionnsa
Prionnsaichean Phrionnsaichean
Professional Oversight Board
Prosthetist.
Prydain
Public Health
Public Health and
Queen
Radiographer.
Reassurance
Reassurer
Red Crescent
Red Cross,
Red Lion and Sun
Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being
Regional Health and Social Care Board
Register
Registered
Registered Optician.
Registered psychologist.
Registrar
Registration
Registry
Regulation
Regulator
Reinsurance
Reinsurer
Riaghaltais
Riaghaltas
Riaghaltasan
Rìgh
Rìoghachd Aonaichte  
Rìoghail
Rìoghalachd
Royal
Royalty
Rule committee
Scotland
Scottish
Scottish Law Commission
SE
Select Committee
Senedd
Serious Organised Crime
Service
Sheffield
Siambr
SOCA
Social Care Board
Social Service
Social Well-being Regional Health and
Society
Solicitor
Special School
Speech and language therapist.
Speech therapist.
Spirit in Motion.
Sport and exercise psychologist.
Staff Trust
Standards
Stock exchange
Surgeon.
Swyddfa archwilio
Teyrnas Gyfunol Deyrnas Unedig
Teyrnas Unedig
The Governor and Company of the Bank of England
Banknote
The Pensions Advisory Service
The Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body
Therapeutic radiographer.
Theyrnas Gyfunol
Theyrnas Unedig
Thywysog
Thywysoges
t-Oilthigh
Trade Union
Tribunal
Trust  
Tywysog
Tywysoges
U.K (or any variation)
U.K.
UK
Underwrite Underwriting
United Kingdom
University
Vet
Veterinary Surgeon Veterinary
WAG
Wales or Welsh
Wasanaeth iechyd
Watchdog
Welsh Assembly Government  
Windsor
Wladol


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Any 2 of the following words:

Games.
Two Thousand and Twelve.
Twenty-Twelve.
2012. Any one of the above words when used with one or more of the following words: London; Medals; Sponsors; Summer
Gold; Silver; Bronze
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Welsh translations of these words in your proposed company name will need the same permission. This list is not exhaustive, but you will be advised if there are any complications: any other companies with one of these words in them will have had to obtain the same permissions.

Last updated 10/03/11

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