Business Name Protection FAQs
Posted on 25th August 2021 at 15:48
HOW DO THE NBR 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.
CAN I REGISTER MY NAME WITHOUT BECOMING A LIMITED COMPANY?
Yes, we register your business name whatever the status of your firm giving you protection and peace of mind.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO REGISTER?
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY NAME IS ALREADY IN USE?
We can search altnerative names for you free of charge or you can suggest alternatives for us to check with no obligation.
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). Restricted words or terms are usually phrases associated with already established official bodies, for example; government departments, health care organisations or other public services. Please note if the restricted word is being used appropriately for your business we will gain permission on your behalf for use of a 'restricted' word. If you have any queries please do contact us before applying.
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.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REGISTER MY NAME?
Registration takes 2 business days from receipt of your application form and remittance.
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 or you can select to set up a direct debit when protecting your business name. Please note, 2 or 5 year protection plans that come with discounts.
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