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About SFS

About SFSThese pages provide background information on Small Firms Services Limited. We hope that the content of these pages answer any questions you may have about our company. If you need to contact us do not hesitate to call one of the Service Team on 0800 328 7494. We are available during normal office hours to answer your questions and to explain more about who SFS are and how we can help your business.

You may also find our Information Centre of interest as it provides answers to some of the most popular questions we receive.

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Companies House Sensitive Names

Sensitive Company Names – Full Listing

Companies House protect certain words or expressions within company names. This webpage contains a full list of the sensitive words and expressions.

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GROUP - Using group in a company name

Previously companies would only be allowed to use the word group in their company name under certain circumstances. Due to changes in regulation they no longer require approval from Companies House.

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ARCHITECT – Using architect in a company name

Use of the word architect in a company name is only allowed with prior written approval.

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INTERNATIONAL - Using international in a company name

Using international in a company name previously required supporting evidence. Due to changes in the sensitive name regulations this is no longer required.

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BANK – Using bank in a company name

Using bank in a company name is protected by UK law. Companies House inlcude bank on the list of sensitive words. Advice on using bank in your company name.

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Using CHARACTERS and SYMBOLS in company names

The use of CHARACTERS and SYMBOLS in a company name is restricted by Companies House. A guide to using characters and symbols in names.

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ABORTION - Using abortion in a company name

Use of the word abortion in a company name is only allowed with prior written approval from the Department of Health.

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ASSOCIATION - Using association in a company name

Forming a company with association in the company name. This will only be allowed under certain circumstances.

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DENTIST - Using dentist in a company name

Use of the word Dentist is deemed to be sensitive by Companies House. To use the word you will need to obtain approval form the General Dental Council.

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CHARITY - Using charity in a company name

Use of the word Charity in a company name is restricted by Companies House and only allowed in certain circumstances. You will need to provide supporting evidence form the relevant authority.

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FOUNDATION - Using foundation in a company name

Foundation is considered to be a sensitive word when used in a company name. Companies House will only allow a company to use the word if it meets certain criteria.

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ENGLAND - Using England in a company name

Use of the word England in a company name is restricted. A company will only be allowed to use the word in its registered name if written approval is provided or if it meets specific regulations.

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