Somerset business could have one of the funniest names in the UK

The UK's funniest business names have been compiled into a shortlist, and the public now has the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The initiative is a partnership between Simply Business and comedian Darren Walsh, aimed at finding Britain's Best Small Business Name - and one of the top ten candidates is a Somerset business.

Using his pun expertise, Darren has chosen the 10 businesses to make the shortlist. These include Thready or Knott Embroidery, Indian-inspired street food venture Tikka Chance On Me, and equestrian store Top Of The Clops based in Wellington.

All are in the running to win the title and a £2,500 cash prize. Voting is now open on the Simply Business website: The deadline for votes is May 13, with the winner of the £2,500 prize set to be announced on May 23, 2024.

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Business Name

Business Type


Barber Streisand



Easy Lay Landscaping


Milton Keynes

Furry Godmothers

Dog groomers


Lord Of The Bins

Waste clearance


Poke Nom

Hawaiian Street food


Prints Charming

Printing shop


Surelock Homes Locksmiths



Thready or Knott Embroidery

Embroidery shop


Tikka Chance On Me

Indian-inspired street food


Top Of The Clops

Equestrian shop


The competition has been rebooted for the third time in conjunction with the company's "You name it. We insure it" campaign, showcasing some of the most pun-filled names in UK small business including:.

A study by Simply Business disclosed that a humorous or clever business name plays a significant part in aiding small businesses to thrive with half of consumers stating they're likely or very likely to patronise a small business with a funny or witty business name.

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. Vote for your favourite small business name now to have your say in who wins the title of Britain’s Best Small Business Name!”

Darren Walsh 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.

"Whether you’re partial to 'Easy Lay Landscaping' or 'Barber Streisand', it’s up to you to crown Britain’s Best Small Business Name 2024.”"