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RFCCBS App 1.1 Expressions covered by further guidance

1This Appendix explains our guidance on particular words or expressions, in addition to the guidance on RFCCBS 3.8 of this document. We generally consider a name to be undesirable if it includes an expression listed below and does not follow the accompanying guidance. Our guidance below applies as much to derivations and versions of the words below as it does to the full word. For instance, we would generally treat ‘co-op’, ‘co-operatives’ and ‘coop’ in the same way as ‘co-operative’.

RFCCBS App 1.1.1

1Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board

Accounting Council

Actuarial Council

Audit and Assurance Council

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Financial Reporting Council

8th Floor 125 London Wall London

EC2Y 5AS

Email: enquiries@frc.org.uk

Accounts Commission for Scotland

You can use this expression if the department shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Secretary

Accounts Commission for Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh EH2 4LH

Email: info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Accredit

Accreditation

Accredited

Accrediting

You can use this expression if the department shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Accreditation Policy

1 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0ET

Adjudicator

This expression normally implies the society has a quasi-judicial role similar to decisions made by a court of law, an administrative tribunal, an official ombudsman or government officials.

You can use this expression if a government body or relevant body confirms (letter or email) that it has no objection.

Agency

This word will normally be allowed provided it does not imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority unless the relevant body confirms (letter or email) it has no objection.

Alba

Na h-Alba

Albannach

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms (letter or email) that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is a surname.

If you wish to use this word at the start of your society name, you will need to demonstrate that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You will also need to provide independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. The society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in Scotland.

If this word is used elsewhere in the name, the society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in Scotland.

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

Anzac

This word is protected under section 1 of the Anzac (Restriction on Trade Use of Word) Act 1916 and will not be allowed in a society or business name.

Architect

With the exception of ‘naval architect’, ‘landscape architect’ or ‘golf-course architect’, the use of this word is controlled under section 20 of the Architects Registration Act 1997.

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Architects Registration Board

8 Weymouth Street

London W1W 5BU

Email: info@arb.org.uk

Archwilydd

Cyffredinol Cymru

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Auditor General for Wales

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff CF11 9LJ

or

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru

24 Heol y Gadeirlan

Caerdydd CF11 9LJ

Email: info@wao.gov.uk

Arts psychotherapist

Art therapist

Biomedical scientist

Chiropodist

Clinical psychologist

Clinical scientist

Counselling psychologist

Diagnostic radiographer

Dietician

Dietitian

Drama therapist

Diagnostic radiographer

Educational psychologist

Forensic psychologist

Health psychologist

Hearing aid dispenser

Music therapist

Occupational psychologist

Occupational therapist

Operating department practitioner

Orthoptist

Orthotist

Paramedic

Physical therapist

Physiotherapist

Podiatrist

Practitioner psychologist

Prosthetist

Radiographer

Registered psychologist

Social worker

Speech and language therapist

Speech therapist

Sport and exercise psychologist

Therapeutic radiographer

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection:

Health Professions Council

Registration Department

Health Professions Council Park House

184 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU.

Email: registration@hpc-uk.org

Assembly

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection

Association

To use this word in your proposed name the society should normally be run on a non-profit basis, with rules preventing profit distribution to members.

We would generally expect an association to be run on the basis of one-member-one-vote.

These requirements do not apply if the society is a regulated housing association, tenants or residents association.

Assurance

Assurer

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection:

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Attorney General

You cannot use this expression because it implies a connection with the office of the Attorney General, the chief legal advisor to the Crown.

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

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Chief Executive’s Office

Audit Commission

1st Floor, Millbank Tower

Millbank

London SW1P 4HQ

Auditor General for Northern Ireland

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast BT7 1EU

Email: info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Auditor General for Scotland.

Audit Scotland

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Secretary

Auditor General for Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh EH2 4LH

Email: info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Auditor General

Audit Office

You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

Comptroller & Auditor General

Corporate Secretariat

National Audit Office

157-197 Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W 9SP

Email: enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Wales:

Wales Audit Office

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff CF11 9LJ

Email: info@wao.gov.uk

Scotland:

Audit Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh EH2 4LH

Email: info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Auditor General for Wales

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Auditor General for Wales

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff CF11 9LJ

info@wao.gov.uk

or

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru

24 Heol y Gadeirlan

Caerdydd CF11 9LJ

Email: info@wao.gov.uk

Bachelor of medicine

This expression is a protected title controlled by section 49 of the Medical Act 1983. You can use this expression in your society name if your professional body confirms by letter or email that you are authorised to use the relevant title.

Banc

Bank

Banking

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Benevolent

To use this word, the society should normally be a community benefit society. The rules should include objects that reflect the specific purpose of the society and a non-profit distribution clause, which provides that any profits should be used to further the objects of the society and not paid to the members as dividends. The rules should also include a one member one vote clause.

Border Force

Border Agency

As these expressions imply a connection with the Border Force or UK Visas and Immigration, (both part of the Home Office), you must provide an email or letter of non-objection from the Home Office: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Breatainn

Bhreatainn

Breatannach

Bhreatanach

Bhreatanaich

Breatannaich

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the name is a surname.

If you wish to use this word at the start of your society name, you will need to demonstrate that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You will also need to provide independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. If this word is not the first word in the name it will normally be allowed.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname (and the name does not imply a connection with government), you will normally be given approval if the name includes forenames or initials.

Brenin

Frenin

Brenhines

Frenhines

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Brenhinol

Frenhinol

Brenhiniaeth

Frenhiniaeth

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park CF10 3NQ

Britain

British

Great Britain

Great British

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this word if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use it at the start of your society name or ‘of Britain’ or ‘of Great Britain’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field by providing independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. If ‘Britain’ or ‘British’ is not the first word in the name it will normally be allowed.

If you want to use the word because it is a surname (and the name does not imply a connection with government), you will usually be given approval if the society name includes forenames or initials.

Building Society

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Cabinet Office

This expression implies a connection with the Her Majesty’s Government. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Cabinet Office

70 Whitehall

London SW1A 2AS

Cadw

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Cadw

Welsh Government

Plas Carew

Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed

Parc Nantgarw

Cardiff CF15 7QQ

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales

CISSW

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

National Office Welsh Government

Rhydycar Business Park

Merthyr Tydfil

CF48 1UZ

Email: cssiw@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Chamber(s) of

This expression could imply representative or government status. To support your application you will need to set out the reasons for using this expression and you will need to obtain the views by letter or email of an appropriate body.

Chamber(s) of: Commerce

Business

Industry

Enterprise

Training

Trade

You can use ‘Chamber of Commerce, Business, Enterprise, Industry, Trade or Training’ if you have a letter or email of non-objection from one of the following bodies:

England and Wales:

Email: info@britishchambers.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce

65 Petty France

London

SW1H 9EU

https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/

Scotland

Email: admin@scottishchambers.org.uk

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

30 George Square Glasgow G2 1EQ

https://www.scottishchambers.org.uk

Charter

Chartered

You can use the expression ‘Chartered’ in your proposed name if you have confirmation by email or letter from the relevant professional body.

If you are an existing body and wish to incorporate as a society using ‘Charter’ or ‘Chartered’ in the name please provide evidence of your royal charter status. Please note, if you have already registered as a society, you cannot use this word in another society name. This does not apply to expressions such as ‘Air Charter’, ‘Chartered Flights’ or ‘Chartered Travel’.

Chartered Accountant

ICAEW

You can use the expression ‘Chartered Accountant’ (or the abbreviation ICAEW) if you obtain the consent of one of the bodies shown below. If you decide to resubmit your application you will need to provide a letter or email of non-objection from the relevant body.

England and Wales:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Chartered Accountants’ Hall

Moorgate Place

London EC2R 6EA

Email: contactus@icaew.com

Scotland:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Head Office

CA House

21 Haymarket Yards

Edinburgh EH12 5BH

Email: enquiries@icas.org.uk

Chartered Secretary

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Saffron House 6-10 Kirby Street London EC1N 8TS

Email: membersupport@icsaglobal.com

Chartered Surveyor

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

RICS

Parliament Square

London SW1P 3AD

Email: contactrics@rics.org

Charity

Charitable

In England and Wales you may use this word if you are a charity.

In Scotland you may use this word if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection:

Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

2nd Floor

Quadrant House

9 Riverside Drive

Dundee

DD1 4NY

Email: info@oscr.org.uk

Chemist

Dispensing Chemist

Dispensing Druggist.

Druggist.

Pharmaceutical

Pharmaceutical chemist

Pharmaceutical druggist

Pharmaceutist

Pharmacist

Pharmacy

These expressions are protected titles and controlled by section 78 of the Medicines Act 1968. You can use any of these titles in your society name if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that you are authorised to use the relevant title.

England, Wales and Scotland:

The General Pharmaceutical Council

25 Canada Square

London E14 5LQ

Child Maintenance

These expressions imply a connection with services provided by the UK government. In England, Wales and Scotland services are provided by Child Maintenance Options, part of the Department for Work and Pensions and in Northern Ireland by Child Maintenance Choices.

Child Support

You can use this expression if the bodies above confirm by letter or email that it has no objection.

Further information can be found at:

England, Wales and Scotland

www.cmoptions.org.

Chiropractor

Chiropractic practitioner

Chiropractioner

Chiropractic physician

These expressions are controlled by the Chiropractors Act 1994. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Chief Executive

General Chiropractic Council

44 Wicklow Street

London WC1X 9HL

Email: enquiries@gcc-uk.org

Coimisean

Choimisean

Chomisein

Coimisein

To use this word the society should normally be an independent advisory body; a deliberative assembly; or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever 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.

Comhairle

Chomhairle

Comhairlean

Chomhairlean

To use this word the society should normally be an independent advisory body; a deliberative assembly; or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever 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.

Comisiwn

Gomisiwn

Chomisiwn

To use this word the society should normally be an independent advisory body; a deliberative assembly; or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever 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.

Comisiwn

Cynulliad

Cenedlaethol

Cymru

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99 1NA

or

Clerc y Cynulliad

Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Bae Caerdydd

Caerdydd CF99 1NA

Commission

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

Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever 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.

Commonhold Association

You cannot use this expression in your name.

Company

You cannot use this expression in your name.

Comptroller and Auditor General

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Corporate Secretariat

National Audit Office

Elizabeth 2

151 Buckingham Palace Road

London

SW1W 9SS

Email: enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast BT7 1EU

Email: info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Contact lens

You can use this expression if you are a registered medical practitioner, a registered optometrist or a registered dispensing optician authorised to carry out this activity. You will need to provide evidence of your registration with your application.

Alternatively, if you are a manufacturer or supplier of contact lenses you will need to confirm this in writing with your application.

Co-operative

You can use this expression if you are a bona fide co-operative society. You cannot use this expression if you are a community benefit society (or a pre-commencement society meeting the condition for registration that your business is conducted for the benefit of the community) unless the use of the word describes the business of the society, rather than the society itself e.g. [Place name] Co-operative Development Centre Limited.

Council

To use this word the society should normally be an independent advisory body; a deliberative assembly; or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims and that it has the support of whoever 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 any public authority or a relevant body.

Court(s)

This expression could imply a connection with the Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Ministry of Justice

102 Petty France

London SW1H 9AJ

United Kingdom

Email: general.queries@justice.gsi.gov.uk

Credit Union

You can use this word if we confirm by letter or email that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Crime Squad

Criminal Intelligence Service

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: communication@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk

National Crime Agency

Units 1-6 Citadel Place Tinworth Street London SE11 5EF

Crown Estate

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Crown Estate: https://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/contact-us/

Cymru

Gymru

Chymru

Nghymru

Cymreig

Cymraeg

Chymraeg

Chymreig

Gymraeg

Gymreig

Chymreig

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use this word at the start of your society name you would need to demonstrate that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You will also need to provide independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. The society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in Wales.

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

Cyngor

Chyngor

Gyngor

To use this word the society should normally be an independent advisory body; a deliberative assembly; or a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever 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 any public authority or a relevant body.

Cenedlaethol

Cymru

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99 1NA

or

Clerc y Cynulliad

Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Bae Caerdydd

Caerdydd CF99 1NA

Dental

Dentistry

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

General Dental Council

Registration Development

37 Wimpole Street

London W1G 8DQ

Email: businessnames@gdc-uk.org

Dentist

Dental Surgeon

Dental-Practitioner

These words and expressions are controlled by the Dental Act 1984. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Registrar

General Dental Council

37 Wimpole Street

London W1G 8DQ

Email: businessnames@gdc-uk.org

Diùc

Dhiùc

Diùcan

Dhiùcan

Ban-diùc

Bhan-dhiùc

Bhan-dhiùcan

Ban-diùcan

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

The Scottish Government

Protocol Team

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Dispensing Optician

This expression is controlled by the Opticians Act 1989. You can use it if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Registrar

General Optical Council

41 Harley Street

London W1G 8DJ

Email: goc@optical.org

Dug

Ddug

Duges

Dduges

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Duke

Duchess

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (faster & preferred):

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

or write to:

Cabinet Office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word: information about the society/organisation and its future plans; its present administration and activities; details of any Royal or Government associations; details of leading members and membership numbers; publications and if appropriate accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents a street name, evidence of location; if the name is a surname; if it has long usage and any other relevant information

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

The Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge, Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Ei Fawrhydi

Ei Mawrhydi

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Employment Medical

Advisory Service

EMAS

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England, Wales and Scotland:

Health and Safety Executive

(1G) Redgrave Court

Merton Road

Bootle L20 7HS

England

English

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use this word at the start of your society name or ‘of England’ anywhere in the name, you will need to show that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You will also need to provide independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. The society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in England.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name, the society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in England.

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

Enrolled Optician

This expression is controlled by the Opticians Act 1989. You can use it if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Registrar

General Optical Council

41 Harley Street

London W1G 8DJ

Email: goc@optical.org

Europe

European

European Union

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body, or any public authority, e.g. the European Union. You can use this word if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

If you wish to use it at the start of your society name or ‘of Europe’ or ‘of the European Union’ anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field by providing independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. If ‘Europe’ or ‘European’ is not the first word in the name it will normally be allowed.

Financial Conduct Authority

Financial Services Authority

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Financial Reporting Council

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Financial Reporting Council

5th Floor, Aldwych House

71-91 Aldwych London

WC2B 4HN

Email: enquiries@frc.org.uk

Financial Reporting Review Panel

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Financial Reporting Council

8th Floor 125 London Wall London

EC2Y 5AS

Email: enquiries@frc.org.uk

Foundation

To use this expression the society should normally be a community benefit society (or a pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community). The rules should include objects that reflect the specific purpose of the society and a non-profit distribution clause, which provides that any profits should be used to further the objects of the society and not paid to the members as dividends.

The society should have a pool of money or a regular source of finance available to promote the objects. You will need to confirm this when you submit your application.

Friendly Society

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Fund

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Further Education

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Higher Education Governance

1 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0ET

Scotland:

Scottish Government

Higher Education Governance Team

Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw

Glasgow G2 8LG

Wales:

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

General practitioner

This expression is a protected title controlled by section 49 of the Medical Act 1983. You can use this expression in your society name if your professional body confirms (letter or email) that you are authorised to use the relevant title.

Geneva Cross

This expression is controlled by the Geneva Convention Act 1957 and will not be permitted for use in a society name.

Government

This expression could imply a connection with Her Majesty’s Government. If there is a connection you will need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection from a government department or body.

The Governor and Company of the Bank of England

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Governor and Company of the Bank of England

Threadneedle Street

London EC2R 8AH

Gwasanaeth iechyd.

Wasanaeth iechyd

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Welsh 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

This expression will be allowed provided your proposed name does not imply a connection with the Health and Safety Executive.

Health and Safety Executive

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England, Wales and Scotland:

Health and Safety Executive

Redgrave Court

Merton Road

Bootle L20 7HS

Health and Social Care

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Department of Health or relevant local authority.

Health centre

Health service

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

Department of Health

Head of Brand Management

Skipton House

80 London Road

London SE1 6LH

Scotland:

Scottish Government

Health Directorate

Business Management and Support

Floor 2N.11

St Andrew’s House

Regent Road

Edinburgh EH1 3DG

Email: ceu@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Wales:

Welsh Government

Head of Communications

Health & Social Services Directorate

General Head of Corporate Management

South Wing, 4th Floor

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Health visitor

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Head of Office of the Chair and Chief Executive

Nursing & Midwifery Council

23 Portland Place

London W1B 1PZ

Email: ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Higher Education

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Higher Education Governance

1 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0ET

Scotland:

Scottish Government

Higher Education Governance Team

Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw

Glasgow G2 8LG

Wales:

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

His Majesty

Her Majesty

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (faster and preferred):

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk or write to:

Cabinet Office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word: information about the society/organisation and its future plans; its present administration and activities; details of any Royal or Government associations; details of leading members and membership numbers; publications and if appropriate accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents a street name, evidence of location; if the name is a surname; if it has long usage and any other relevant information.

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Home Office

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Home Office

Direct Communications Unit

2 Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DF

Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

House of Commons

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Corporate Officer of the House of Commons House of Commons Legal Services Office London SW1 0AA

House of Lords

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Corporate Officer of the House of Lords

Houses of Parliament

London SW1A 0AA

HPSS

HSC

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Office of the Permanent Secretary

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

C.4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate

Belfast BT4 3SQ

Email: ops@dhsspsni.gov.uk

Industrial and Provident Society

You can use this expression if you are a ‘pre-commencement society’ i.e. a society that was registered or deemed registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965.

Inspectorate

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

You can use this expression if a government body or a relevant body, confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Intellectual Property

IPO

This expression will normally be allowed provided the name does not imply a connection with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). If there is a connection we may contact IPO to seek their view.

Institute

Institution

Approval to use this expression is normally given only to fully functioning organisations that are established in the field but 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 will 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 will need to obtain the written views by letter or email of one or more relevant bodies.

Insurance

Insurer

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Judicial appointment

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Ministry of Justice

Democracy, Constitution and Law Group

102 Petty France

London SW1H 9A

King

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (faster & preferred)

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

or write to:

Cabinet office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word; the history of the society/organisation and its future plans; details of any Royal or Government associations/leading members; details of leading members and membership numbers; details of any publications and if appropriate, accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents a street name, evidence of location; if the name is a surname; if it has long usage and any other relevant information.

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Law Commission

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Ministry of Justice

Democracy, Constitution and Law Group

102 Petty France

London SW1H 9AJ

Licensing

This expression is normally associated with an authority that carries out licensing functions under the Licensing Act 2003. This includes, for example, the licensing of the sale of alcohol, entertainment, films and clubs.

Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.

You will also need to obtain a letter or email of non-objection a relevant body such as a local or any public authority.

Licensing Authority Assets Recovery

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: communication@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk

National Crime Agency

Units 1-6 Citadel Place Tinworth Street London SE11 5EF

Llywodraeth

Lywodraeth

You can use this expression in any part of the UK if the body shown below confirms (letter or email) that it has no objection.

Welsh Government

Head of Communications

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Medical centre

You can use this expression anywhere in the UK if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Office of the Permanent Secretary

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

C.4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate

Belfast BT4 3SQ

Email: ops@dhsspsni.gov.uk

Midwife

Midwifery

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Head of Office of the Chair and Chief Executive

Nursing & Midwifery Council

23 Portland Place

London W1B 1PZ

Email: ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Mòrachd

Mhòrachd

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

The Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Mutual

For the purposes of this guidance, where a society wants to use this expression in its name to describe itself we would generally expect to see a society meeting this following indicators:

• those who participate in the society’s business are its members

• only those who contribute to any surplus through participation in the society’s business receive any part of the surplus

• on solvent dissolution any remaining surplus is distributed amongst the membership.

National Accounts

National Accounting

NAO

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Comptroller & Auditor General

Corporate Secretariat

National Audit Office

157-197 Buckingham Palace Road

London SW1W 9SP

Email: enquiries@nao.gsi.gov.uk

National Assembly for Wales

National Assembly for Wales Commission

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99 1NA

NHS

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Department of Health

Head of Brand Management

Skipton House

80 London Road

London SE1 6LH

Northern Ireland

Northern Irish

This expression could imply a connection with the Northern Ireland Assembly or Executive, a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

If you wish to use this expression at the start of your society name or ‘of Northern Ireland’ anywhere in the name, you will need to show that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field by providing independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. The society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in Northern Ireland.

If the word does not imply a connection with government and is not the first word in the name, it will normally be allowed. The society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Northern Ireland Executive

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Northern Ireland Assembly

Parliament Buildings

Belfast BT4 3XX

Northern Ireland Audit Office

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Northern Ireland Audit Office

106 University Street

Belfast BT7 1EU

Email: info@niauditoffice.gov.uk

Notary

Notary public

Notarial

You can use this expression in your proposed name if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that you are authorised to use this title.

England & Wales:

The Faculty Office

1 The Sanctuary

London SW1P 3JT

Email: faculty.office@thesanctary.com

Scotland:

The Law Society of Scotland

26 Drumsheugh Gardens

Edinburgh EH3 7YR

Nuclear Installation

The Office for Nuclear regulation (ONR) is responsible for the licensing and regulation of all Nuclear installations in the UK. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: ONRenquiries@onr.gsi.gov.uk

Office for Nuclear Regulation

Building 4 Redgrave Court

Merton Road

Bootle L20 7HS

Nurse

Nursing

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Head of Office of the Chair and Chief Executive

Nursing & Midwifery Council

23 Portland Place

London W1B 1PZ

Email: ceoffice@nmc-uk.org

Olympic

Olympian

Olympiad

Paralympic

Paralympian

Paralympiad

The expressions Olympic, Olympian, Olympiad, Paralympic, Paralympian and Paralympiad plus their plurals, translations and anything similar to them are protected by the Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995.

To use any of these words and expressions you must obtain the written consent of:

British Olympic Association

60 Charlotte Street

London

W1T 2NU

Email: brandprotection@teamgb.com

Citius, Altius, Fortius,

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Spirit in Motion.

These expressions, their translations and anything similar to them are protected by the Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995. To use any of these expressions you must obtain the written consent of the British Olympic Association at the above address.

Office for Nuclear Regulation

You can use this expression or anything similar if the Office for Nuclear Regulation confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: ONRenquiries@onr.gsi.gov.uk

Office for Nuclear Regulation

Building 4 Redgrave Court

Merton Road

Bootle

L20 7HS

Oifis sgrùdaidh

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Secretary

Audit Scotland

110 George Street

Edinburgh EH2 4LH

Email: info@audit-scotland.gov.uk

Oilthigh

t-Oilthigh

Oilthighean

h-Oilthighean

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

The Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Ombudsman

Ombwdsmon

This expression is normally associated with a statutory organisation appointed by government or an organisation 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.

If you are not a statutory body you must:

• be 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; and

• be a member of the Ombudsman Association at ombudsman level

• membership; and have 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 society name or to obtain approval to use a business name, you should provide:

• evidence of certification by the relevant Competent Authority;

• a copy of an email or letter from the Ombudsman Association (or other evidence) confirming your ombudsman level membership;

• evidence of providing dispute resolution for consumers in the sector you wish to operate in, including membership numbers, member names and examples of case studies relating to dispute resolution.

If you don’t meet all of these criteria, you should register using a different name and, if applicable, reapply later when you can demonstrate that you do meet them.

Ophthalmic

Optician

Optician

Optometrist

These words and expressions are controlled by the Opticians Act 1989. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Registrar

General Optical Council

41 Harley Street

London W1G 8DJ

Email: goc@optical.org

Ordnance Survey

You can use the expression in your proposed name if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Ordnance Survey

Explorer House

Adanac Drive

Southampton

SO16 0AS

Email: customerservices@ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Parlamaid

Pharlamaid

Parlamaidean

Pharlamaidean

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Secretary

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Parliament

Parliamentarian

Parliamentary

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

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

You can use this expression if the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Legal Framework Team

Copyright and Enforcement Directorate

Intellectual Property Office

Concept House

Cardiff Road

Newport NP10 8QQ

Email: ipenforcement@ipo.gov.uk

The Pensions Advisory Service

You can use this expression if the department shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Department for Work and Pensions

Protection and Stewardship,

7 floor, Caxton House

6-12 Tothill Street

London SW1H 9NA

Physician

This word is a protected title controlled by section 49 of the Medical Act 1983. You can use it in your society name if your professional body confirms by letter or email that you are authorised to use the relevant title.

Email: gmc@gmc-uk.org

Police

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England & Wales:

Home Office

Policing Strategy Team

Crime and Policing Group

Fry Building

2 Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DF

Scotland:

Scottish Government

Police Division

St Andrews House

Regent Road

Edinburgh EH1 3DG

Polytechnic

You can use this expression if the department shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Higher Education Governance

Level 3, Kingsgate House

66-74 Victoria Street

London SW1E 6SW

Post Office

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Post Office Limited

148 Old Street

London

EC1V 9HQ

Prifysgol

Brifysgol

Phrifysgol

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Primary Education

You cannot use this expression if your proposed name implies a connection with education services provided by a local authority. If appropriate you should include a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from a relevant local authority.

Prince

Princess

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (faster & preferred):

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

or write to:

Cabinet Office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word; information about the society/organisation and its future plans; its present administration and activities; details of any Royal or Government associations; details of leading members and membership numbers; details of any publications and if appropriate, accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents a street name, evidence of location; if the name is a surname; if it has long usage and any other relevant information.

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Prionnsa

Phrionnsa

Prionnsaichean

Phrionnsaichean

Bana-phrionnsa

Bhana-Phrionnsa

Bana-Prionnsaichean

Bhana-Phrionnsaichean

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Prudential Regulation Authority

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Prydain

Phrydain

Brydain

Prydeinig

Phrydeinig

Brydeinig

This expression could imply a connection with a government department or body or a local or any public authority. You can use this word if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use this word at the start of your name, or you wish to use the expression ‘o Prydain’ or ‘o Prydain Mawr’ (or mutated forms) anywhere in the name, you will need to demonstrate that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. To support your application you will also need to obtain the views (letter or email) of a representative body, trade association or other relevant body.

If the expression does not imply a connection with government and is not the first word in the name, it will normally be allowed. If you want to use the word because it is a surname, you will usually be given approval if you include forenames or initials.

Queen

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (preferred & faster):

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

or write to:

Cabinet Office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word; information about the society/organisation and its future plans; its present administration and activities; details of any Royal or Government associations; details of leading members and membership numbers; details of any publications and if appropriate, accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents the name of a street please provide evidence of location; if the name is a surname please include this information in your email (or letter); if appropriate, provide details of long usage and any other relevant information.

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Reassurance

Reassurer

Reinsurance

Reinsurer

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Red Crescent

Red Cross

Red Lion and Sun

These expressions are protected controlled by the Geneva Conventions Act 1957 and will not be permitted for use in a society or business name.

Regional Health and Social Care Board

Regional Agency for Public Health and Social Well-being

You can use this expression if the department shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Office of the Permanent Secretary

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Room C4.15, Castle Buildings

Stormont Estate,

Belfast BT4 3SQ

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uko

Registered Optician

This expression is controlled by the Opticians Act 1989. You can use it if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Registrar

General Optical Council

41 Harley Street

London W1G 8DJ

Email: goc@optical.org

Registrar

This expression could imply that the society has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. If this applies then evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.

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

Regulator

This expression could imply that the society has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession.

Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise. You will also need to obtain confirmation by letter or email from a government body, a local or any public authority or a relevant body, that it has no objection.

Riaghaltas

Riaghaltais

Riaghaltasan

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Secretary

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Rìgh

Banrigh

Bhanrigh

Bhanrighrean

Banrighrean

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

The Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Rìoghail

Rìoghalachd

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

The Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Royal

Royalty

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (faster & preferred):

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

or write to:

Cabinet Office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word information about the society/organisation and its future plans; its present administration and activities; details of any Royal or Government associations; details of leading members and membership numbers; details of any publications and if appropriate, accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents a street name, evidence of location; if the name is a surname; if it has long usage and any other relevant information.

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

Scotland

Scottish

This expression could imply a connection with the Scottish Government, a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use this word at the start of your society name or ‘of Scotland’ anywhere in the name, you will need to show that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field. You will also need to provide independent support from a representative body, trade association or other relevant body The society’s registered office or principal place of business should be in Scotland.

If the word is used elsewhere in the name, the society’s registered office or principal place of business should be in Scotland.

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

Scottish Law Commission

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Chief Executive

Scottish Law Commission

140 Causewayside

Edinburgh EH9 1PR

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Secretary

Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

The Scottish Parliament

Edinburgh EH99 1SP

SCE

You can use this expression in this form (upper or lower case) at the start or end of your proposed name if you are a European Co-operative Society.

Scrivener

Scrivener notary

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that you are authorised to use this title.

The Faculty Office

1 The Sanctuary

London SW1P 3JT

Email: faculty.office@thesanctary.com

SE

You cannot use this expression in this form (upper or lower case) at the start or end of your proposed name because it suggests you are a ‘Societas Europaea’ (European Company).

Secondary education

You cannot use this expression if your proposed name implies a connection with education services provided by a local authority. If appropriate your application should include a copy of a letter or email of non-objection from a relevant local authority.

Select Committee

This expression normally implies a connection with the House of Commons. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Corporate Officer of the House of Commons

Houses of Commons Legal Services Office

London SW1A 0AA

Senedd

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff CF99 1NA

Serious Organised Crime

SOCA

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: communication@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk

National Crime Agency

Units 1-6 Citadel Place

Tinworth Street

London SE11 5EF

Sheffield

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Company of Cutlers C/O Hulse & Co

15 Jessops Riverside

Brightside Lane

Sheffield

S9 2RX

Siambr

This word could imply representative status. To support your application you will need to set out the reasons for using this word and in most cases you will need to obtain the views by letter or email of an appropriate body.

Siambr o:

Fasnach

Fusnes

Ddiwydiant

Fenter

Hyfforddiant

Masnach

You can use ‘Chamber of Commerce, Business, Enterprise, Industry, Trade or Training’ if you have a letter or email of non-objection from one of the following bodies:

England and Wales:

Email: info@britishchambers.org.uk

British Chambers of Commerce

65 Petty France

London

SW1H 9EU

https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/

Scotland

Email: admin@scottishchambers.org.uk

Scottish Chambers of Commerce

30 George Square

Glasgow

G2 1EQ

https://www.scottishchambers.org.uk/

Social Service

This expression implies a connection with a local authority Social Services department with access rights to sensitive personal information. You will be able to use this word if the appropriate local authority or other relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Solicitor

Different requirements apply for societies registered in England and Wales, or Scotland.

England and Wales:

If you are an existing firm of solicitors (i.e. a sole proprietor or partnership) you will already be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).

Your application to form a society must include a copy of your practice letterhead which includes the statement ‘regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority’.

If you are a new firm your application must include a letter or email from the SRA confirming that it has no objection.

Email (preferred): operations@sra.org.uk

The Solicitors Regulatory Authority

Operations

The Cube

199 Wharfside Street

Birmingham

B1 1RN

Scotland:

You cannot use this word unless the body shown below confirms by letter or email it has no objection.

The Law Society of Scotland

26 Drumsheugh Gardens

Edinburgh

EH3 7YR

http://www.lawscot.org.uk/abiyt-us/contact-usw

Special School

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

England:

Department for Education

2 St Paul’s Place

125 Norfolk Street

Sheffield

S1 2FJ

Scotland:

Scottish Government

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

Wales:

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

Standards

This expression could imply that the society has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. Evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.

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

Stock exchange

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

Surgeon

This word is a protected title controlled by section 49 of the Medical Act 1983. You can use this word in your society name if your professional body confirms by letter or email that you are authorised to use the relevant title.

Email: gmc@gmc-uk.org

Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Auditor General for Wales

Cathedral Road

Cardiff CF11 9LJ

in Welsh:

Archwilydd Cyffredinol Cymru

24 Heol y Gadeirlan

Caerdydd

CF11 9LJ

Email: info@wao.gov.uk

Teyrnas Gyfunol

Teyrnas Unedig

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

Trade Mark

You can use this expression in your proposed name provided if does not imply a connection with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. If there is a connection we may contact IPO to seek their view.

Trade Union

Section 10 (3) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, prohibits a trade union from being registered as a society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

Tribunal

This word could imply that the society has a regulatory role such as a governing, supervisory or representative body of an activity, trade, business or profession. If this applies, evidence must be produced to show that the society will be what it claims, and that it has the support of whoever it claims it will govern or supervise.

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

Trust

Approval to use the word trust depends on the reasons you wish to use it in your proposed name. We will consider each application on its merits but to use this word your organisation should normally be a community benefit society (or a pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community) and include a non-profit distribution clause in its rules and be one of the following trusts: Artistic; Community Land; Educational; Enterprise; or Supporters. The requirements for the approval are set out below.

Artistic Trust

To use this expression in your proposed name (or if the society is this type of trust but does not include ‘Artistic’ in the name) the society should normally be a community benefit society (or pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community) and include a non-profit distribution clause in the rules.

The society’s objects should normally include activities such as advancement and development of the arts, culture, heritage or science.

Community Land Trust

To use this expression in your proposed name the society should normally be a community benefit society (or a pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community) that meets the definition set out in s79 Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

Educational Trust

To use this expression in your proposed name (or if the society is this type of trust but does not include ‘Educational’ in the name) the society should normally be a community benefit society (or a pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community) and include a non-profit distribution clause in its rules.

The society’s objects should normally include activities that relate to the advancement and promotion of education, art, culture, educational or the community. The rules should also reflect the purpose of the trust.

Enterprise Trust

To use this expression in your proposed name (or if the society is this type of trust but does not include ‘Enterprise’ in the name) the society should normally be a community benefit society (or a pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community) and include a non-profit distribution clause in its rules. Society’s objects should normally include activities that are intended to support the community, for example, by providing advice on business start-up, opportunities for training and development, or removing barriers to further education etc.

To support your application you will need to obtain the views by letter or email of a relevant body such as a local Chamber of Commerce, a local authority, a bank or any other relevant organisation.

Supporters Trust

To use this expression in your name the society will usually be a community benefit society (or pre-commencement society conducting its business for the benefit of the community) with a non-profit distribution clause in its rules, controlled on the basis of one-member-one-vote. The society’s objects would normally include being the democratic and representative voice of the supporters of a particular sports club, achieving supporter and community influence in running and owning the club, and promoting community engagement of the communities served by the society and the club.

Tywysog

Thywysog

Tywysoges

Thywysoges

Dywysog

Dywysoges

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

The Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NQ

Underwrite

Underwriting

You can use this expression if we confirm that we have no objection.

Sensitive Business Names Team

Financial Conduct Authority

25 The North Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 5HS

Email: SensitiveBusinessN@fca.org.uk

Application form available from: https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/firm-details/sensitive-business-names

United Kingdom

This expression could imply a connection with the UK Government, a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use this expression at the start of your society name or ‘of the United Kingdom’ anywhere in the name, you will need to show that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field.

To support your application you will also need to obtain the views by letter or email of a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. The society’s registered office or principal place of business should be in the United Kingdom.

If the expression is used elsewhere in the name, the society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in the United Kingdom.

University

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Use where the registered office of the proposed society will be in:

England and Wales:

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Higher Education Governance

1 Victoria Street

London

SW1H 0ET

Wales:

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Scottish Government

Higher Education Governance Team

Atlantic Quay

150 Broomielaw

Glasgow

G2 8LG

Vet

Veterinary

Veterinary Surgeon

Veterinary Practitioner

These words and expressions are controlled by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

The Registrar

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

62-64 Horseferry Rd

London

SW1P 2AF

Email: info@rcvs.org.uk

Wales

Welsh

This expression could imply a connection with the Welsh Government, a government department or body, or a local or any public authority. You can use this expression if the relevant body confirms by letter or email that it has no objection. This applies even if the word is your surname.

If you wish to use this expression at the start of your society name or ‘of Wales’ anywhere in the name, you will need to show that the society is pre-eminent or very substantial in its field.

To support your application you will also need to obtain the views (letter or email) of a representative body, trade association or other relevant body. The society’s registered office or principal place of business should be in Wales.

If the expression is used elsewhere in the name, the society’s registered office or principal place of business must be in Wales.

If you want to use the expression because it is a surname, it will normally be allowed if you include forenames or initials.

Wales Audit Office

You can use this word if the body shown below confirms by letter or email that it has no objection.

Email: info@wao.gov.uk

Wales Audit Office

24 Cathedral Road

Cardiff

CF11 9LJ

Welsh Government

Welsh Assembly Government

This expression suggests the society is a part of the Welsh Government. You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email it has no objection.

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

Windsor

You can use this expression if the body shown below confirms by letter or email it has no objection.

England:

E-mail (faster & preferred):

royalnames@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

or write to:

Cabinet Office

Constitutional Policy Team

4th Floor (South 1)

1 Horse Guards Road

London

SW1A 2HQ

To support and speed up your application please email the Cabinet Office with as much information as possible such as the reason(s) you wish to use this word; information about the society/organisation and its future plans; its present administration and activities; details of any Royal or Government associations; details of leading members and membership numbers; details of any publications and if appropriate, accounts for the last 3 years.

If you wish to use the name to represent an existing public house, hotel or similar establishment please provide evidence including the length of time it has existed; if the name represents a street name, evidence of location; if the name is a surname; if it has long usage and any other relevant information.

Wales:

Email: PAD@wales.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Brand Manager

Strategic and Corporate Communications

Welsh Government

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

Scotland:

Email: protocol@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

or write to:

Scottish Government

Protocol Team

3-D Bridge

Victoria Quay

Edinburgh

EH6 6QQ