The shorter new .uk domain name launched on 10th June 2014.
Subject to specific (and rather complex) eligibility criteria, these became available for registration immediately upon launch for those with a right to purchase. If you already own a .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk domain name registered prior to this date (subject to the aforementioned eligibility requirements), a corresponding .uk domain has placed on reserve until 10 June 2019, meaning that it cannot be registered by anyone else.
Commencing 10th June 2019, unregistered .uk domains will become available to anyone. To check if you are entitled to register a .uk domain prior to general availability, Nominet have created a useful .uk rights checker.
As this means that there is just one year remaining out of the five-year reservation grace period, now is the time to act to protect your brand online.
If you need advice on the .uk domain, get in touch with us.