The hunt for Britain’s funniest small business names

The search is on again for Britain’s best small business name. Insurance company Simply Business has teamed up with comedian to look at companies in the running for the title and the £2,500 cash prize. Voting is now open to the public to choose their winner before voting closes on May 13

The full shortlist for 2024 is:

Business Name  Business Type Location
Barber Streisand Barbers London
Easy Lay Landscaping Landscaping Milton Keynes
Furry Godmothers Dog groomers Newport
Lord Of The Bins Waste clearance Brighton
Poke Nom Hawaiian Street food London
Prints Charming Printing shop Fife
Surelock Homes Locksmiths Locksmiths Hastings
Thready or Knott Embroidery Embroidery shop Chester
Tikka Chance On Me Indian-inspired street food Manchester
Top Of The Clops Equestrian shop Somerset



Research by Simply Business revealed that a witty or funny business name has a significant role in helping small businesses succeed – with half (51%) of consumers saying they’re likely (35%) or very likely (16%) to shop at a small business with a funny or witty business name. Almost two thirds (65%) of consumers say a funny or witty business name tells them a business is imaginative and original. Moreover four in five (81%) consumers prefer to shop with a small or local business over a large, well-known, international business.

Bea Montoya, COO at Simply Business said: “We’ve seen many memorable entries to this year’s Britain’s Best Small Business Name competition, and it’s a credit to the creativity and innovation of the nation’s SME owners. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and this competition sums up the wonderful spirit and humour that they bring to their businesses every day. We’re delighted to be able to award one small business owner with the £2,500 cash prize, particularly as all SMEs are facing an incredibly challenging set of circumstances in the current economic environment.”

Darren Walsh, comedian said: “Puns and wordplay seem to have a special place in British culture, so it’s heartening to see that type of humour is central to the names of so many small businesses. It’s been a tough job to whittle down the thousands of entries to a shortlist of ten, but I’m sure these business names will trigger a few involuntary laughs from the public.”