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Registering a Business Name

What is a business name?

A business name is a name used to carry on business by any individual, body corporate or partnership, which has a place of business in the Republic of Ireland, and which name is not the same as their own true name(s).

Who does it apply to?

It applies to:

  • An individual who trades under a name which is not his/her true surname. For example, John Murphy would register a business name if he traded as Murphy Builders.
  • A Partnership which does not trade under the true names of all partners who are individuals and/or the full corporate name of all partners which are bodies corporate,
  • A Company which trades under a name which is not its full corporate name. For example, Murphy Construction Limited trading as Murphy Builders.
  • A person who, having a place of business in the State and carries on the business of publishing a newspaper.

What are the registration requirements?

An application for registration must be submitted to the CRO within one month of the date of adoption of the business name.

The following should be noted in relation to the registration of a business name:

  • There is no protection against duplication of the name,
  • The name will not necessarily prove acceptable subsequently as a company name,
  • The use of the name is not authorised if its use could be prohibited for other reasons.

Also, the CRO does not check proposed business name against names on the registers of companies, business name or trade marks. It is therefore advisable the you investigate the possibility of others having rights to the name you proposed to use prior to its registration.

If you require a business name to be registered for your business , please do not hesitate to contact us be sending us an email to [email protected] or call us on 094-9027426.

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