How to Register a Business Name: A Comprehensive Guide


Welcome to our guide on how to register a business name in the UK! If you're starting a new business or rebranding an existing one, choosing and registering a unique business name is a crucial step. It's not just about a name; it's about creating an identity that resonates with your customers and represents your brand's values. Let's walk you through the process.

1. Choosing Your Business Name

Creativity and Compliance: Your business name should be distinctive, memorable, and reflective of your brand's ethos. But it's equally important to ensure compliance with UK business naming regulations. Avoid names that are too similar to existing businesses, misleading, or contain sensitive words without permission.
Remember a business can have officially registered names AND separate trading names which is important to uderstand.

Checking Availability: Use the Companies House register to check if your desired name is available. This step is crucial to avoid legal issues or brand confusion.

2. How do I check my business name is available?

Use the search tool above to get started.

How to check a business name using our search tool.

To get started enter the name you want to register into our company name search tool and we will instantly check the 5 million names already registered to tell you if the name you want to is available to register!

It only takes a few seconds for us to run a search and you'll be presented with a results screen like this.

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3. Registering a Limited Company

Companies House Registration: For limited companies, registration is more formal. Your business name becomes part of the legal entity. The process involves submitting a Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association, and details about your company's officers and share structure.

Protecting Your Business Name: Once registered, your business name is protected from being used by other limited companies in the UK.

4. Intellectual Property Considerations

Trademarking Your Name: For added protection, consider trademarking your business name. This prevents others from using a name that's identical or too similar to yours across the UK.

5. Protecting Your Business Name and Online Presence

Domain Name Registration: Securing a matching domain name enhances your online presence and brand consistency. Check domain availability and consider acquiring various extensions (.com, to protect your brand.

We are also register domain names so we check if the domain name is also available for you to register with your company.


Registering your business name is a significant step in your entrepreneurial journey. It lays the foundation for your brand's identity and legal operations. If you need assistance or have questions, our team at The Company Warehouse is here to help. Contact us for expert advice on business registration and more.



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