14 February 2020 - Article
BIS has announced that it will introduce measures to reduce the list of sensitive names which new businesses and charities must get approval for prior to incorporation at Companies House.
There are currently more than 150 words and expressions on the sensitive list which mean prior approval is required from either Companies House, the Charity Commission or another specified body. For the charity sector these include ‘charitable’, which requires permission from the Charity Commission, and ‘foundation’, which requires the consent of Companies House. Both these words will remain as sensitive expressions.
The names being removed from the list include words such as ‘Human Rights’, ‘Authority’, ‘Board’, ‘European’, ‘National’, ‘Group’ and ‘International’. They will formally be removed next year.