Registering A Business Name

Your business idea is a great one but it will remain just an idea until you secure an identity for it. Registering a business name is a legal requirement if you want your business to start operating as a limited company. Not only does Business Name Checker let you find available company names and domain names but it has all the information you require about registering a business name.

Companies House

If you want your business to be incorporated as a limited company you must submit your company registration details, including your chosen business name, to Companies House either directly or through a company formation agent.
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Business Name Ideas

Picking a business name can be difficult. Assess the merits of each type of business name according to the needs of your business.
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Available Company Names

It’s your responsibility to search whether your business name idea is available for you to register. Check whether your business name has already been taken and if it contains any of the sensitive words and expressions using Business Name Checker.
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Sensitive Words

There are rules around using certain sensitive words and expressions in your business name. Use Business Name Checker to check if your business name idea contains any of them.
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Offensive Words

Companies House can reject any application to register a business name containing words that could be seen to cause offence.
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Trading As Names

Register a business name and trade under a different name entirely with a Trading As name.
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Passing Off

A legal dispute can arise if one business objects to another business using a name that is the same or is so similar that they could be accused of passing off their goods and services as their own.
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Dormant Company

Protect your business name by registering it and keeping it on record as a dormant company even if you’re not ready to start trading.
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Trademarks

Before registering a business name you need to check that your idea is not already a registered trademark. You can also fully protect your business name by registering it as a trademark.
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Branding

Don’t wait until you’ve registered your business name before you think about branding. The business name you choose will influence your brand presence online, which helps get your business on Google.
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SEO

It’s not just your website that should be optimised for Google; your business name should too. Keyword research enables you to tailor your business name according to what your customers search for when they look for businesses like yours.
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