Business Name Certs Go Digital Next Week

July 26, 2016

The Companies Registration Office (CRO), which registers Business Names for sole traders, partnerships and companies, announced today that Business Names Certificates are going digital from next Tuesday, August 2.

The CRO will no longer issue paper certificates by post once they register a new business name. Instead, they will email it to the applicant as a PDF document.


The present format of the Business Name Certificate will not change but each PDF certificate will include a colour banner at the top of the screen to confirm that it is an authentic digitally signed document.

This can then be circulated to third parties by email.

It is still possible to register a business name using a paper form, or online.

€20 Will Solve Mayo Council’s Irish Cheques Fiasco

March 15, 2013

Mayo County Council are in hot water today for refusing to accept Household Charge cheques written in Irish,  according to a report in today’s Irish Times.

The local authority had blamed their bank, AIB, for refusing to process cheques in the name of “Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo”, the local authority’s official title as Gaeilge.

Mayo County Council

Apparently, the bank had told Mayo County Council that it would not accept cheques in Irish from January 2nd, 2013.  For their part, AIB have since stressed that they do accept cheques made out in Irish, and denied any recent change in policy.

I’m amazed that Mayo County Council are unaware that there is a very easy way to resolve this problem. They can register “Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo” (or any other title) as a business name with the Companies Office, by completing a simple RBN2 form and paying a €20 fee.

Once the name is registered, they will receive a Certificate to that effect. They simply present the Certificate to their bank and the bank is then free to process cheques made out to the registered business name.

And it only costs €20 – a tiny fraction of the resources the Council has already exhausted in returning unused cheques to householders, and a mere drop in the ocean compared to the cost of their recent court prosecutions for non-payment of the household charge.

The full Irish Times report is here.