Choosing your company name can be a fun experience.
You can opt for a safe ‘myname tech limited’ or go for a completely outside of the box approach, but try and find a name that’s both unique and snappy, as it will stay in the agents or clients mind, as well as promote an air of originality and self thinking.
- Avoid very long names, as they can be are difficult to spell and remember, and as you want to become well known amongst the agents, its easer if the name is not overly long winded.
- Don’t use any brand elements in your name, they may get through at companies house, but once Apple’s lawyers have spotted it you’ll be made to change the name (and the contract will need reissued)
- You may want to include words aligned to your skill sets
- Remember, you may want to diversity in the future, so bear this in mind also when preparing a list
- Its a relatively small charge to change your company name at CH, but the hassle comes with changing bank accounts, service providers or agencies etc.
Sensitive words or phrases
- All company names must end in ‘ltd’ or ‘limited’, except in Wales where they can use ‘cfy’ or ‘cyfyngedig’
- You cannot use pass yourself off as having government connections
- You cannot use offensive words or phrases
- You cannot assign yourself honours such as ‘Accredited’ or ‘Verified’ or use reserved words such as ‘Banking’ or ‘Solicitor’
- As part of the incorporation check, companies house will stop you naming a copy similar to any already registered, to avoid confusion.
- To find out if your ideal name is available, you can use the free companies house service WebCheck
Finding a web address to match
- Use the search services of a domain name provider such as daily.co.uk to find if your chosen name (or a variation of it) is available in .co.uk and .com top level domains
- Whilst you can normally get .info etc, these are seen by seo professionals as second tier TLD’s
- It’s a professional look on a business card to have a web address and associated email to boost the companies image
Running a trademark search
- As mentioned before, a name might just slip through companies house checking procedure, but infact fall foul of trademark infringement
- To play safe in this regard, run a free trademark check, to ensure that you don’t need to change your company name further down the line
- Because Company and Trademark laws are different, owing the rights to one doesn’t automatically guarantee the other, if already taken.
AccountsNet can advise you on the suitability and uniqueness of your proposed limited company name, we will then incorporate and send your the paperwork by email normally withia few hours.