Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman. You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now. Topic Feb Im curious because I'm trying to look up a companies records and I cannot find any reference to them at all. The website is listed as "blah blah blah Ltd" but there are no records in Companiesoffice.
I looked up the name of the "Director" and I can't seen to find him listed anywhere for any company either. Do companies have to list their registered company name when presenting them to customers? Business cards or a website. I often see companies shown as "Company 1 Ltd, trading as Company 2"- is this voluntary?
Reply Feb As far as I am aware and IANAL, if a business is calling themselves blah blah blah Ltd, then they have to be listed as a registered company. However I believe a company can call themselves something as that isn't registered as a company, but they can't use 'ltd' after the name, and it has to be in their contract. As long as Wonderful Widgets doesn't use 'Ltd' after the name. If you see a company called blah blah blah Ltd, and they aren't listed in the companies office website, then you may want to contact the companies office about it.
I have come across companies like that myself in that past, that call themselves ltd, but aren't registered. One reason is that they may not have gotten around to registering it, or it may have been setup by kids who didn't even know about registration. A registered Limited liability or "Ltd" company cannot 'trade as' another limited liability company. A proviso to this is that one company can have shares or act as a subsidiary, however it is always the last entity company in the chain that is the legal operating entity.
Put simply a registered company can trade under any name it chooses provided it does not breach any patents or registered trademarks. If there is a "limited" or "Ltd" in the name that denotes a registered entity, if it is not in the company register then they are using the "Ltd" illegally and you should let the companies office know.
Sole traders do not have to registered and can call themselves whatever they like, provided they don't use "Ltd" at the end. Any registered Limited Liability company IE they can describe as Ltd or Limited on the end of the name must show the full legal name on any legal documentation. IE Invoices, receipts, orders etc as well as any contracts.
So a GST Invoice must have the legal name on it. You can add Trading as "abc" as well if you wish. A limited Liability company is a unique entity and as such has to show its real name. Trading as is just a name typically for marketing purposes. Is the company a New Zealand company?
That would be the only valid reason it is not showing up. Yes this is quite confusing , as there are businesses trading in NZ which aren't registered in NZ as a company. The best thing to do is to contact them providing full legal details and GST number if you want to do business with them. This is important as I recently found, becuase if they aren't registered for GST, then you can't claim back the GST on purchases, which can be a big cost to businesses. They are two different things.
The advantage of being registred is of course you can claim GST back on any costs that are related to the business. A person, partnership and company are all able to be GST registered. Actually, a foreign company trading with a physical presence in NZ would actually register as an overseas company with the Companies Office, and they would show in a search and be required to submit records to the Companies Office.
Most of the overseas conglomerates just tend to register as an Unlimited Liability Company instead as a subsidiary of their parent company as is the case with Pandora and Apple - Microsoft and Google registered a real Limited Liability Company instead.
Spoke to the "Director" today, and he said "It will be a registered name in April, at the start of the knew financial year". Something smells a little fishy to me. Id say hes trying to have a clean tax year and without any income hassels for the present tax year given its only a month away from ending. If his company was only 1 month old, I could undertand, but he's been around for a little while under this name. If he's trading as a sole trader or in a partnership then he doesn't have to be in a registered limited liabilty company.
He is personally responsible for all income and liabilities etc. This is very common especially with regards to tradesmen who are starting up. He can also call himself whatever he likes, providing he's not infringing on anyone elses trademarks etc. Companies can also trade as whatever name they choose and have a seperate registered company name.More...