Indeed, Hello world!  Hello from us at Hot Head Media.  We’re a family run business and have been operating for some years in the Cotswold area.  The company name has changed a couple of times …  Flixon Services to Cotswold Data in 2013 …. and now to Hot Head Media 2018. 

Why the name changes?  Well mainly trying to keep with the times.  Our latest we have gone for reflects our ambition.  Modern and something you’ll remember.  It’s important to give a good first impression.  And a business name is the first thing that represents your image.  

When starting a new business, or changing the name of an existing …. it’s important to follow these simple steps.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house

Use the above link to go see if a company name already exists.  In the past, it may have not mattered if you have the same company name as someone in another county, but these days you really want to be unique because of online presence.  The world is getting smaller thanks to the internet.  So our advice is to try to choose a company name that does not already exist. 

A trademark is a unique symbol or word(s) used to represent your business or its products. … Over time, your trademarks and your company name will go hand in hand, so that you don’t even need to see the name to recognise its you.

Therefore it’s important that you do your research and choose a company name that doesnt already have an associated trade mark.  The last thing you want is to choose a company name that has already got a registered trade mark.  For example, you would not want to trade as Google would you.  You will have Google knocking on your door.  This applies for all companies.   Once you have your company name, it’s best to apply for your trademark.  https://www.gov.uk/how-to-register-a-trade-mark  

The link above will guide you through what you need to know and how to register.

Whether your selling your products online, or just advertising your products or services online… you will need a website that reflects your company name. 

Just like Trade Marks, website addresses (domain names) go hand in hand with a company.  It’s important when choosing your company name you can get a relevant matching domain name. 

You can check for available domain names from many companies, but we prefer GoDaddy.  https://uk.godaddy.com/ 

Planning on trading abroad? Now it gets really complex.  You will have to be thorough with your research and make sure your company name is unique in the countries you are planning to trade in.  Check each countries relevant rules and laws.  You may have to get trade marks or equivalent in each country.  The UK has its own laws when trading abroad. Everything is new since Brexit, so worth a read. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-uk-trade-policy-a-guide-to-trade-legislation/preparing-for-a-uk-trade-policy-a-guide-to-trade-legislation

Websites - Domains, Hosting, Email

Once you have your company name sorted, we can help you with your website.  Everything can be done via our website, just a few questions from us and before you know it your site will be up and running.  There’s also a human at the end of an email or phone call.  We are a reseller of GoDaddy products.  So we can possibly get you a better deal due to sharing our discounted rate.  We can add extra services like site maintenance, blogging, etc etc.  For a full list of what we can offer, do check out our services page.  Our services in this department are best suited for companies or individuals that don’t want the hassle of doing the setup themselves.  Of course you can do these things yourself, but let us do the hard work for you.  Sample fees below.

Complete Website Solution

We will find a perfect domain name, create you a logo and design and host a wordpress website for you.
£ 35 per Month (charged annually)
  • Logo Creation *
  • Basic Web Design **
  • Register Domain and Host Website ***

Basic Website

We will design a basic website for you of up to 5 pages. If you want a shop or anything more complex get in touch.
£ 175 One Off Fee
  • Basic Web Design **
  • Up to 5 Pages
  • Shop For Additional Fee

Bespoke Web Apps

Got something particular in mind. We are always open to discussing any web app ideas you have.
£ TBA Get in touch for a price
  • Bespoke ****
  • Additional Requirements
  • Free No Obligation Quote

* We will ask you a series of questions regarding any ideas you have. 3 mock ups will be provided before you sign off on one.
** Up to 5 pages are included in the price.  Additional pages can be added for a small fee.
*** This includes Domain Purchase and WordPress installation (or a framework of your choice). 
**** Bespoke apps will need quoting for on a project by project basis.

This is just a taste of what we can offer.  There’s plenty more.  Have a look through all of our services on our services page.