Naming Your Business
“I decided that I would be one of the biggest new names; and I actually had some little fancy business cards printed up to announce it, ‘Count Basie. Beware, the Count is Here.'” – Count Basie
Thinking of a good business name can be an enjoyable task. It is something you can have fun with but there is a serious consideration to be taken into account. This will be your projected image to the world and one of your primary marketing tools.
Inspiration can come from many sources – your own interpretation of what the business does, family and friends, a favourite brand – but its vital that you keep it relevant and that anything too ‘off the wall’ or abstract doesn’t get lost in translation.
The key is that the name has to resonate with your customers or target market. It needs to create their initial vision of what your business does and the image it projects. Your business name will be headlining all your promotional material and website and it will be central to the brand value you build into the business.
Although you are looking to appeal to customers and get the message across with regard to what you sell, if you can arrive at something which sets you apart from the crowd and remembered easily for the right reasons, that would work well.
There are certain restrictions on some worlds/phrases which can be checked out at Companies House (obvious ones like offensive words but some less so relating to things like associations or royalty) and you will always need to check out no one else is using it.
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Your business name doesn’t have to be anything clever, we would recommend the simpler the better. You want to be remembered.