Would you do business with a company called Robotdick Ltd, Manwhore Limited or perhaps Sod it Systems?
Okay, personal question so you don’t have to answer – but all of these names were deemed potentially offensive, and rejected by Companies House.
Over the last year, at least 150 names were rejected in case they upset people.
Some of them may have been accepted later, if those responsible could come up with a reasonable justification.
Here are more of the names rejected (at least at first):
- Blue Arsed Fly Designs Ltd
- Fanny’s Kebabs Ltd
- Titanic Holdings Limited
- Wags to Bitches Limited
- Dapper Dog and Stylish Bitch Ltd
- Sugartits Ltd
- Cocktease Fashion Ltd
- Go Doggy LLP
BBC Wales found out the names, put forward from England and Wales, after putting in a Freedom of Information request.
Companies House told them ‘the index of company names is a publicly available statutory register and it’s important that it is not abused by being used to register offensive names.’
They added: ‘A company must not be registered by a name if, in the opinion of the Secretary of State its use by the company would be offensive.
‘The registrar acts on behalf of the Secretary of State and in forming that opinion considers whether a name would be offensive in any way to the general public.’
More than 500,000 limited companies are registered in the UK every year, with more than 100 sensitive words that need to be reviewed by the secretary of state before they can be used in a business name.
They include Britain/British, commission, inspectorate, licensing, standards and Windsor.
Companies House is part of the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation. It registers information about companies and makes it available to the public.