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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Are you making the right online disclosures?
    We’re not talking about divulging your business secrets. The look and feel of your company’s website are key from a marketing point of view, but do you know what information you must include to comply with the law?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Company name availability checker
    Company name availability checker..All in the name. If you’re looking to rename your company, or start another one, it can take an age to select the right name simply because of the strict rules regarding what can and can’t be used (see The next step ). To help solve this problem, Companies House has introduced a free online tool (see The next step ). It’s currently in the beta testing stage - which means that it won’t work on all IT platforms - but is due to be rolled out fully in early 2017. Tip. We’ve...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Protecting your company name against fraud
    According to a recent statement from Companies House up to 100 companies every month have their identity stolen and misused. Yet it’s surprisingly easy to protect against. How is it done?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Court rules on brand names
    Court rules on brand names..The name game. You have the right to protect your brand name and trade marks, as do other businesses. However, you can’t simply demand competitors change their name just because you used it first. The same goes for them. A Court of Appeal ruling from April 2015 involving ASSOS and ASOS, illustrates the point well. Ruling. A clothing company used the name ASSOS and in 2011 registered it as a community trade mark. Another clothing company used the name ASOS (an abbreviation of its...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Company names: some new choices
    New rules introduced in January 2015 mean that directors no longer have to obtain permission from the Secretary of State if they want to use certain terms in the company’s name or its trading name. What happened and why is this advantageous?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - New company naming rules
    New company naming rules..Amended rules. In December 2014 we told you about the process of naming a new company or changing an existing company name ( yr.16, iss.7, pg.7 , see The next step ). With effect from 1 February 2015 there are new rules governing the names you can choose. Same as. The so-called “same as” rule means you aren’t allowed to name, or rename, a company with a similar name to an existing one. In deciding whether a name is too similar Companies House (CH) ignores brackets, symbols and...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Changing the company’s name
    There’s a whole host of reasons why a company might want to change its registered name. How can this be done and is there an alternative option that would also satisfy Companies House (CH)?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Guidance on reusing a company name
    Guidance on reusing a company name.. Good name off limits? Where a company has gone into liquidation, s.216 of the Insolvency Act 1986 prevents any person who was a director, or who acted as one at any time during the twelve months beforehand, from reusing its name for up to five years. This is a personal restriction and any breach is a criminal offence. However, this rule doesn’t apply if you were unconnected to the original entity meaning that hundreds of (good) company names are potentially up for grabs....
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Choosing the right company name
    The directors recently purchased an off-the-shelf company; they’re now busy brainstorming for a suitable name. Are there any legal restrictions on what they can select? What are the rules on this subject?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - New rules for company names
    On October 1 2009, new regulations came into effect that place restrictions on the name a company can use. So what do the new rules say?
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