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Best business names in Britain revealed

A survey conducted by Vistaprint has revealed the best business names in Britain, with four in 10 Brits saying a company with a witty or memorable name will encourage them to use it over a company with a more mundane moniker.

Topping the charts came Spruce Springclean, a carpet cleaners based in Lostwithiel, Cornwall; followed closely by a Portsmouth-based locksmith called Surelock Homes; and a wine bar in London called Planet of the Grapes.

“Small businesses around the UK are always finding clever and innovative ways to showcase their offerings,” said Oliver Harcourt, head of UK, Vistaprint.

“Having a creative business name is one example of how you can be more memorable to your customers and stand out from the crowd.

Some of the shops from our poll are businesses that are generations old, showing that a catchy name can stand the test of time.”

The research also found that six in 10 respondents would prefer to see a business with a witty or amusing name, while a third said they were more likely to recommend a business worth a witty name than a more traditional one.

Harcourt added: “Our survey also found that eight in ten Brits like to try and shop locally where possible.

“We’re happy to see local stores keeping up the tradition of having creative and witty names as a way to stand out in their communities.

“We look forward to seeing many more to come in the future – and we’ve even created a guide to help new businesses come up with a memorable name for themselves.”

The top 20 business in the UK in full:

  1. Spruce Springclean, Carpet cleaners, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
  2. Surelock Homes, Locksmith, Portsmouth
  3. Planet of the Grapes, Wine Bar and Restaurant, London
  4. Floral and Hardy, Florists, Hertfordshire
  5. A Fish Called Rhondda, Fish and Chip Shop, Pentre, Wales
  6. Wright Hassall, Solicitors, Leamington Spa
  7. Jean Claude Van Man, Removal Company, Merseyside
  8. Sellfridges, White Goods Outlet, Stoke Newington
  9. Grate Expectations, Fireplace Specialists, Wimbledon
  10. Bonnie Tiler, Tiling and Plumbing, Gateshead
  11. Deja Brew, Coffee House, Denton
  12. The Chopfather, Barbers, Bristol
  13. Barnie’s Rubble, DIY Shop, Bolton
  14. Facial Attraction, Beauty Salon, Pontypool, Wales
  15. Samuel ‘L’ Jackson, Driving Instructor, Southport
  16. Hair Raid Shelter, Hairdressers, Downham Market, Norfork
  17. Alan Cartridge, Office Supplies, Leeds
  18. Jason Donervan, Food truck, Bristol
  19. Flying Nemo, Fish and Chips Shop, Yorkshire
  20. PG Trips, Bus Charter, Houghton le Spring