OT: Registering a unique business name


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Les & Claire

Hello,
well, we've thought of a name for our new start up. Being new to
this we have a few questions. Is there a database of British company names
we could search to find out if any other firm has the same name? Can we use
our chosen name even if it is in use elsewhere? How do we go about
registering a name once chosen?

Hope someone can help... in the middle of a search for the information
but finding out that business sites are often pretty impenetrable, long
winded, overtly commercial, require payment, registration, calls from reps
etc.

Les and Claire


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David Floyd

Hello,
well, we've thought of a name for our new start up. Being new to
this we have a few questions. Is there a database of British company names
we could search to find out if any other firm has the same name?
Take a look at:
http://www.companies-house.gov.uk/
for Limited Company names in use.
Can we use
our chosen name even if it is in use elsewhere?
You can use any name you like as a business name, although you could be
challenged if it is the same as or too similar to a Trade Mark name or
Limited Company name.
How do we go about
registering a name once chosen?
If it is a name for a non incorporated business then you don't register
it. If you want to use a Limited Company then the name has to be
different from any other Limited Company. See:
http://www.companies-house.gov.uk/

HTH
DF
 
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Les & Claire

If it is a name for a non incorporated business then you don't register
it. If you want to use a Limited Company then the name has to be
different from any other Limited Company. >>

We're not going to be a Ltd, just something to enable us to sell online and
keep the taxman happy.... I'm wondering if we're not overcomplicating the
issue. Do we actually need to register? Can we sell commercially on line,
i.e., buy stock and sell online/Ebay etc for a profit, and just declare the
profit as income? What's the easiest way to go about replacing the income
from a couple of jobs with retailing online? Trying to keep this as hassle
free as possible.

Les
 
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David Floyd

We're not going to be a Ltd, just something to enable us to sell online and
keep the taxman happy.... I'm wondering if we're not overcomplicating the
issue. Do we actually need to register?
As I implied above, if you're not going to be Limited then there is no
facility for registration of a business name. You just choose one and
use it.

Choosing a business/trading name has nothing to do with keeping the tax
man happy. If you are not knowledgeable about partnership tax matters
then I suggest you seek advice from a Chartered Tax Adviser or a
Chartered Accountant who is a member of the Tax Faculty. An initial
interview (time limited) is usually free of charge.

I am not in a position to comment on your other points; others in this
newsgroup may come along with further answers in this respect.

DF
 

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