Before deciding on a name for your company, foundation or partnership, you should check our register for any entities with a similar name.
You can also check if the name you would like to reserve name is available within the reserve a name form. Type the name you want to reserve into the 'proposed name to reserve' box, select the legal ending, and click 'check name'. Do not enter the legal ending into the free text box.
Your requested name will need to be reviewed. We cannot guarantee that it will be accepted and you may need to change your request name if it is not suitable.
Once registered, your will have two years to use your reserved name before it is removed from the register.
You can 'save draft' and return to the name reservation form at any time.
The fee to reserve a name is £10. This fee is non-refundable.
Help filling in the form
Is this name for an existing entity?
Select 'no' if this name reservation is for a new entity. Select 'yes' if it is for a name change of an entity.
What type of registration will be name be used for?
Select the entity type from the list provided (For example, a company)
Proposed name to reserve
This is the name you would like to reserve. You must 'check name' to complete an initial check to see if the name is available. Your requested name will need to be reviewed. We cannot guarantee that it will be accepted and you may need to change your requested name if it is not suitable. Do not type the legal ending in this box.
If you are not sure about the legal endings for your entity, read our guidance on suitability of a name. For example, a private limited company can end in 'limited' 'ltd' 'avec responsabilité limitée' or 'a.r.l'.
Significance of name
If your name is similar to an existing entity, give the name, place of registration and connection. Your name may be rejected if we are unaware of a connection. If significance of name is irrelevant enter "n/a".
Nature of business
Select from the list, the type of trading activity your company will be undertaking. If you are a local business, you can only select number 4, 5 or 6.
If foreign words are used, provide the English translation.
Attach any documentation that may support your claim to the proposed name
For example, if you have written approval to use a restricted word as set out in our guidance.