Frequently Asked Questions

Q HOW CAN I CHECK THAT MY NAME IS AVAILABLE?

We carry out comprehensive searches against 2 million businesses, 2.3 million limited companies, 2.5 million UK trade marks, 7 million European trade marks and 4 million domain names - that is over 10 million UK trading names.

Q HOW ACCURATE IS THIS INFORMATION?

There are 25,000 changes to this data each month so at the time of searching it is totally accurate. A name that is free today may not be available tomorrow.

Q CAN I REGISTER MY NAME WITHOUT BECOMING A LIMITED COMPANY?

Yes, we register your business name whatever the status of your firm.

Q WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO REGISTER?

Simply apply online or fill in the application form and send it to us we will search the name for you and, once registered, will send you a certificate of registration which, when displayed, meets all the requirements of the Section 1200-1206 Companies Act 2006.

Q WHAT HAPPENS IF MY NAME IS ALREADY IN USE?

We will search any alternative names for you at no extra cost or you can search on our website free of charge.

Q ARE THERE ANY WORDS I CANNOT USE IN MY NAME?

There are a number of restricted words, which need to be approved by the Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). We will gain permission on your behalf for use of a restricted word. The list of restricted words can be found in this website for clarification please contact us.

Q HOW CAN I PROTECT MY BUSINESS NAME?

Registration with National Business Register specifically provides protection against "Passing Off", the common law term used to describe copying of a trading name by another business. Your annual subscription means you have peace of mind when it comes to safeguarding your business identity. We will instigate and pay for all necessary legal proceedings in protecting your business name using our solicitors and counsel where necessary.

Q DO I HAVE TO REGISTER MY BUSINESS NAME?

No. There has been no legal requirement to register business names since 1982, however, we have been providing a search, registration and protection service since 1984. Successfully upholding thousands of registered member's rights to their names and have paid out over £1 million in legal fees protecting members' rights.

Q HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REGISTER MY NAME?

Registration takes around 48 hours from receipt of your application form and remittance.

Q HOW LONG DOES THE REGISTRATION LAST?

A registration is renewable on an annual basis. A renewal notice will be sent to you before your registration expires.

Q PLEASE EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN:

Businesses / Companies / Trade Marks / Domains 
Go to the relevant colour coded section and read the information explaining the differences, or call us on 0800 069 9090 (freephone)

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