England, of England and English, are sensitive words. You can send your incorporation application directly to Companies House if your company name does not imply a connection with the UK Government.
1) Use of England, of England or English is at the start of your company name
If you wish to use this word at the start of your proposed company 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.
Your company’s registered office should be in England. In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in England. You must confirm the address in your application letter.
2 Use of this word is not the first word
If this word is not the first word in your proposed company name it will normally be allowed if the company’s registered office is in England.
In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in England. Please confirm the address in your application letter.
3 It is your surname
If this word is your surname, it will normally be approved provided your proposed company name includes forenames or initials.
Use in a name that could imply a connection with a UK government body
If your proposed company name is likely to imply a connection with a UK government department or body, you will need to provide a letter or email of non-objection from that body. Also, provide a copy when you send your application to Companies House.
The situation of the company’s registered office should be in England.
In the case of a business name, the principal place of business must be in England and the address should be confirmed in your application letter.
You should only contact a UK government department or body if the name is likely to imply a connection with that body.
You can use the Company name availability checker to check if your proposed company name is still available for registration.
How to register a company?
Concise Accountants provide company formation services. Our accountants will handle the incorporation of your limited company from start to finish. Concurrently, we will also advise you whether your supporting evidence is sufficient to support the use of England, of England and English in your company name.
Universally, your company’s registered office must be a real address. Companies House would not accept P O Box numbers as your registered office address.
Maintain your limited company
Firstly, at every anniversary of your company, you are required to prepare and submit your confirmation statement with Companies House. The confirmation statement is a snapshot of information about your company shares structure, directors on board and shareholders and registered office.
On the same note, you must also inform Companies House if your company details changed. For example, you appoint a new director or your registered office address has changed.
Additionally, you must submit your company accounts to Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). For HMRC, you must include your corporation tax return together with your company accounts. Concise Accountants offers fixed fee accounts packages to limited companies to take care of your company accounts and corporation tax return. The packages are suitable for startup businesses and small companies. Feel free to contact our accountants to discuss.
Other sensitive or reserved words
Click here for other sensitive or reserved words that require you to obtain a consent to use in your company or business name in the United Kingdom.