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Secure your company name before someone else does

Why run a business name check? Companies House has strict rules when it comes to registering new businesses. Use our free company name check to:

  • Search company name availability 🔍

    Check the Companies House register in seconds and secure your preferred company name in an instant

  • Compare against sensitive words ✔️

    Ensure your business name complies with Companies House naming rules for sensitive words

  • Check multiple business names at once ⚙️

    Save valuable time and bulk check up to 8 different business names in one search

How does our company name check work?

When you run a limited company name check, our search tool will cross reference your business name against the Companies House register. This includes every company in the UK - both active and dissolved.

We will also check your name to make sure it hasn’t already been used or contains any of the sensitive words not permitted by Companies House.

Sensitive words are terms and expressions that cannot be used in company names because they could potentially mislead the public.

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Find your business name and register your company for free

Our mission is to help those who work for themselves. With our company name check, we’ll help you find your dream business name and register your company for free.

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Bulk check instantly

Search over 4 million Companies House registered names in seconds. Bulk check up to 8 names at once.

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Register a limited company and open a business bank account, all in one streamlined process

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Yes, it’s really free! Not only is your Tide account free, we also pay the £12 Companies House incorporation fee on your behalf

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Tide's business name check is a great tool! It gave me peace of mind that my company name was both available and complied with the naming rules.

A HAPPY TIDE MEMBER

Get more than just your business name with Tide

When starting your own business, there’s a lot to take care of - from company registration to setting up an address to getting a business bank account. With Tide, you can do all this in one streamlined process. Check your business name, register your limited company, get a virtual office address and open a free Tide account. We’ll take care of the incorporation fee with Companies House, so it won’t cost you a penny.

  1. Secure your company name

    Use our business name check to see if your chosen company name is available. You can even do this in bulk.

  2. Register your limited company

    If your company name is available, click to register your limited company through Tide. We’re an authorised Companies House agent and we’ll pay your £12 incorporation fee.

  3. Opt for a virtual office address

    If you use your home address as your registered address, it’s publicly available so anyone can see it online. Choose Tide’s virtual office address service to keep your home address private.

  4. Get your free Tide account

    Your business bank account should be open in minutes, and your company is usually registered the same day.

Company Name Check FAQs

How do I check if a business name is available?

Our search tool will check if your company name is available against over 4 million registered companies in the Companies House database.

Can two UK companies have the same registered name?

No. Companies House rules state that every company must have its own unique name. Our business name checker will make sure your chosen name is available before you try to register your limited company.

How will I know if my company name contains any sensitive words?

Our company name check won’t just tell you if your business name is available, it will also check it against the list of sensitive words to ensure it meets Companies House rules too.

How do I know if my business name is unique?

Our company name search tool will check your business name against over 4 million registered companies in the Companies House database. It will confirm whether your name is unique and available to be registered.

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