Getting your Company Name

So how then do I get my company name?

Rule 1 : Don’t use one word names

As a general rule CIPC does not allow one word names EG ORION. Neither will CIPC approve non descriptive names e.g. ORION ENTERPRISES or ORION VENTURES, SOLUTIONS or PROJECTS. However, ORION SHOE MANUFACTURING ENTERPRISES will be accepted. This is because words describing the nature of the business are used in the name resulting in a unique original name.

However if you want to break this rule, (and its always your choice and your risk), then at least choose a word that is not in any dictionary. If its a common language in South Africa, then that word has very likely been already used in a company name and your name will be rejected. Make up a word! Just remember that CIPC knowns how to check phoetically when comparing words. So if “Quick Silver” has already been registered your “QwikSilver” will probably be rejected.

Rule 2 : Expand your horizons and think of other good names for your company

Yes, you may have the ultimate name for your company, but there are also other brilliant names out there, and you can find them if you just take time to think. So brainstorm with your loved one, and you can come up with some highly original second and third options. You never know, you may even come up with a better one!

Add these names to your top four that you are going to send to us.

Rule 3 :Watch both of the YouTube videos that we provide

When you do the company registration you will see a testing button. The testing button is more powerful when you put in your main word of your company alone (without the extra words). Eg If you want Bernards Cleaning Services, then search on Bernards and see if any other Bernards company exist that seem to offer cleaning services. They may have called themselves Bernards Washers, and you will be turned down!

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