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The benefits to registering a business name with us: the name of your firm is an important branding tool, and it is therefore imperative to get it right. Registering a business name in this way is an effective way to protect it and your interests, and you can be legally assured that if someone tries to use it you will have the full backup of the law.

Register a business name - this gives peace of mind when starting out with a new enterprise. To set-down a legal name is not a simple process, for example, when one considers that there are over 10 million trading names already existing in Great Britain, with an additional 25,000 enterprises incorporating every single month, it makes the task of thinking up an original and innovative name extremely difficult. The seemingly simple act of registering an unique name is further complicated when one takes into account that a business will not be able to submit trading name if it is deemed too similar to an existing name.



Registration of a business name for UK residents

£24.99

NO ANNUAL CHARGES

1
option

This package is for customers, who have an address in the United Kingdom, & want to register a business name by setting-up a private company limited by shares.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail:

    • The certificate of incorporation;
    • The memorandum & articles of association;
    • The fast-track corporate bank account with RBS, Lloyds, Barclays (which is optional).
£39.49

NO ANNUAL CHARGES

2
option

This package is for customers, who have an address in the Great Britain, & want to register a trading name by establishing a company limited by guarantee.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail:

  • The certificate of incorporation;
  • The Coddan tailor-made memorandum & articles of association;
  • The free referral to Lloyds, RBS or Barclays business bank account.
£32.00

NO ANNUAL CHARGES

3
option

This package is for customers, who have an address in the UK, & want to register trading name by opening a limited liability partnership.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail:

  • The certificate of registration;
  • The free & fast-track business bank account with RBS, Lloyds or Barclays (which is optional);
  • Additional services are available.
£145.00

NO ANNUAL CHARGES

4
option

This package is for customers, who have an address in the UK, & want to register a business name by establishing a public company limited by shares.

The following documents will be sending via e-mail:

  • The certificate of incorporation;
  • The memorandum & articles of association;
  • The fast-track corporate bank account with Lloyds, RBS or Barclays (which is optional).



Registration of a trading name for overseas clients

£119.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £105.00

1
option

This package is for non-UK customers, who are requiring registering a business name by starting a private company limited by shares.

The following documents will be sending by post:

  • The certificate of incorporation, the memorandum & articles;
  • The company's registers, shares' certificates & meeting of the board of directors;
  • The registered office address;
  • The government mail forwarding & the secretarial compliance
£134.49

ANNUAL FEES FROM £105.00

2
option

This offer is for non-UK customers, who are requiring registering a business name by establishing a private company limited by guarantee.

The following documents will be sending by post:

  • The certificate of incorporation, the memorandum & articles;
  • The company's registers, membership' certificates & meeting of the board of directors;
  • The registered office address;
  • The government mail forwarding & the secretarial compliance service.
£129.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £105.00

3
option

This package is for non-UK customers, who are requiring registering a trading name by forming a limited liability partnership.

The following documents will be sending by post:

  • The certificate of registration, the LLP agreement;
  • The LLP's registers, two membership' certificates & meeting of the board of members;
  • The registered office address, mail forwarding & certificate of the registered office address.
£542.99

ANNUAL FEES FROM £405.00

4
option

This offer is for non-UK customers, who are requiring registering a business name by creating a public company limited by shares.

The following documents will be sending by post:

  • The certificate of incorporation, the memorandum & articles;
  • The company's registers, shares' certificates & meeting of the board of directors;
  • The registered office address;
  • The mail forwarding & the secretarial compliance service



How to register a business name in the Great Britain?

The only way to safeguard the legal name is to establish a company - public or private, limited by shares or company limited by guarantee. Coddan offers entities set-up service which includes the registration of the business name, and this method ensures the protection of that name. Find a perfectly unique name: Coddan consultants use the software which sorts through more than 10 million names, to ensure that you don't decide on one which is already in use. Even though there are hundreds of newly registered names every day, this state-of-the-art name check software updates regularly, so we can guarantee its reliability.

With us you can submit business name online, protect your trading name before you start: because Coddan can create an organisation with Companies House in order to protect your legal name, we have several packages that may suit different types of possible entity, and one that we provide for dormant companies, which may be applicable if you aren't ready to start trading.

Take good advice: we encourages clients to discuss their aims and choices with an adviser, prior to incorporation and trading name registration. An informal chat can lead to changes in strategy and types of organisation, and we like to produce happy clients! The online submission run by us ensures that within around 3-6 business hours, your business name will be established, with the option of obtaining the original certificates of incorporation. We also offer extra services, such as helping to arrange banking accounts, VAT registration, and the provision of virtual office facilities as required.

Registering a business name in England, Wales, Scotland or in Northern Ireland!

Registering Business Name

There are a lot of legal issues around the use of a trading name, and it is very important to ensure that no firm should be called the same name or even a similar name as another. There are also some restrictions on business names registration, according to the Business Names Act 1985, including the prohibition of names, which infer unauthorised connection to the government, or names which use words which are thought to be offensive.

Avoid lengthy legal battles by formally submitting your name: besides the Business Name Act (1985), there is little legislation to protect new corporate entities within the United Kingdom. Entrepreneurs are therefore encouraged to submit their corporate name as soon as possible to avoid it being copied and any associated legal disputes. Coddan is a London based business startup consultancy firm that assists clients with protecting their trading names. Our packages come with no annual fee and new owners can create as a private company, company limited by guarantee, UK limited liability partnership or a public limited company. If you need an assistance, you can also speak to our advisors between 9.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday by telephoning + (0) 207.935.5171 or + (0) 330.808.0089 (national rates).

How to establish a brand name?

How to Register a Trading Name

In England, Scotland and Wales, there is no legislation that requires legal names to be registered. This creates something of a grey area for people wishing to register a new name and start an organisation.

When starting out in business, it is vital that you protect the basics of your operation, beginning with your trading name registrations. You do not want anyone copying your name and potentially taking business away from you, and costly and time-consuming disputes in the courts that might result from that. So how do you protect your new entity' name when there are no laws saying you must list a name in the first place?

There is some guidance under the Business Names Act of 1985. People who are subject to it are those who have a place of business in the UK and carry on activity in the country under a name that, in a partnership, does not consist of all the surnames of the partners; or in the case of an individual does not consist of his or her surname; or if it is a company that does not consist of its corporate name.

This piece of legislation prohibits the use of some names unless explicit permission is sought, among them: a name that would imply the business is in some way connected with Her Majesty's Government or the Scottish administration; a name that is considered offensive or restricted; and if a business has been transferred on or after 26th February 1982 continues trading under that name.

For its part, Companies House warns those setting up a new firm that submitting a name does not also give trademark protection, and it performs checks to determine if the proposed name of a new enterprise is the same as that of another that is already incorporated. Anyone can perform such name check, however, as the list is available to the public.

In reality, the only real way to protect a good name is to establish as a private company limited by shares or a limited by guarantee, or such as a limited liability partnership or even the public company limited by shares. At Coddan, we have vast expertise in doing just that, quickly and effectively. Our team of expert consultants are available to help guide you through the process, and our unique online submission facility means your new firm can be created in a matter of hours.

A corporate name is the most recognisable part of your proposed or existing enterprise. The trading name is the anchorage that binds your business in people's minds, and is an essential requirement for your organisation. A good name, in both title and the reputation, can determine the success, growth and longevity of your company, LLP or self-employer status. Conversely, a bad corporate name in any aspect can ruin a firm despite the potential it may have.

When considering the possibility of indexing a trade name or drafting the list of possible names, it is important to think about what sort of connotations that name may give off, and what effect it will have on your activity. Although it may seem a simple enough thing to do, thinking of a memorable and relevant name has its complications.

Another hindrance is the issue surrounding 'sensitive' or 'restricted' words. These specific words require additional proof from an external body in order to be part of a company name. For example, the word 'doctor' requires the proof from a trusted medical institution before it can be used.

With so many legal names already in existence, the danger of infringing on one - either accidentally or on purpose - can lead to numerous problems. In some cases, trading with an existing name can lead to sever fines, and the court order forcing you to cease trading with that name. The term 'passing-off' refers to the violation of trading under an existing brand name, and a firm can pursue legal action against your business for doing so.

It is far better to avoid running the risk of passing-off by allowing a qualified company formation agent to fulfil all the necessary checks on your behalf. This will assure you that you are not violating any existing names, and give you the confidence that another party cannot infringe on your unique name.

If you wish to promote and expand your limited company, or a limited liability partnership, or even tour sole trader name, you will exploit your trading name as much as possible to ensure the success and growth of your franchise (on websites, stationary, leaflets, verbally over the phone when answering calls, through promotional items and so on). This means that potentially, thousands and possibly millions of people will see your business name worldwide, and for this reason, it is therefore paramount that your brand name is unique and protected by us.

You can avoid confusion and negative legal action by allowing us to register a trading name, giving you the confidence to promote the name without fear of retribution. It is always advisable to check before hand, as it would be counter-productive to begin building up a name only to find months or years down the line that you would need to change it.