The words BANK, BANKS, BANKING or BANC are listed as sensitive words by Companies House. The use of any of the BANK words in a company name will suggest that the company has a specific financial status. For example the company name QWERTY BANK LTD is not allowed unless your obtain written consent in advance. To use any of these words you must firstly obtain the written support from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). They must provide a letter confirming they do not object to you using the word bank and show the full name to be registered.
Sensitive Business Names Team
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
25 the North Colonnade
You must write to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to request approval to use the word bank in your company name. Once written approval has been obtained you can upload this with your company formation on our system. If you need our assistance, we will require an electronic copy so that this can be supplied to Companies House with your application. Please note that a small administration fee may apply for a company incorporation that includes a sensitive word.
If the FCA do not approve your request, then unfortunately you will not be permitted to use any of the BANK related words in your company name. An alternative name will be required if this is the case.