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Apart from your company name and address, include all telephone landline numbers, fax number, email address and website address, if applicable. It's also advisable to include mobile phone numbers, especially on business cards, and even home telephone numbers, depending on the nature of the business.

There are also a number of legal requirements, depending on the type of business you run.

There is no requirement for sole traders to register a business name. They can trade under their own names or choose a different business name. However, if as a sole trader you choose something other than your own name for the business, you must include your own name and the business address on all business letters, orders and receipts. Invoices must state your VAT registration number if applicable.

Partnerships must state on letters, orders, invoices and receipts the names of all partners and the address of the principal office or alternatively indicate where a list of partners may be inspected. Invoices must state your VAT registration number if applicable.

Limited companies must show on letters and order forms (paper and electronic versions) the name of the company, the place of registration, the company registration number, the address of the registered office and the address of its place of business, if different. If the company is being wound up this fact must also be stated. There is no need to list the names of the company directors. However, if you choose to do so, you must list all names. Invoices must show at least the company name and VAT number if applicable. In the case of a limited company that is exempt from using the word 'limited' in its name, it must state the fact that it is a limited company.

Read guidance on how your business name must be used on the Companies House website - Opens in a new window.

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