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Brighton's 7 most puntastic business names

The Argus: Brighton's 7 most puntastic business names Brighton's 7 most puntastic business names

From cartoon characters to great literary works, the inspiration for amusing and eye-catching business names can take many forms.

And while a puntastic shop name is no guarantee of financial success, a clever name can give a business an advantage over their competitors.

Graham Marley, chief executive of the Hastings-based not-for-profit Let's Do Business Group, says a funny name can have a positive influence, but warns that dabbling in double entendres or playing with punchlines only works in certain industries.

He said: “A name may well be what makes you stand out from the crowd but it can also detract from your business depending on which industry you are in.

“The most important thing is know your customer. I think the name of your business is key, it focuses the whole branding, not just about the company but also the values of the company.”

Here's our pick of Brighton's best punny names.

 

Barber Blacksheep, St George’s Road, Brighton

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The barbers recently gained national recognition when their nursery rhyme-inspired name was listed as the third best punny and funny business name in the country.

The hairdresser’s current owner Catharine Wehrle was fortunate enough to inherit the shop’s distinctive and playful name, which was thought up by the previous owner's nephew in 2000.

 

He-van: Movers of the Universe in North Road

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Picture by Adactio on Flickr

 

Wooden It Be Nice, Midhurst Rise

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Carpenter Barry Jordan with his Wooden It Be Nice van

 

Brighton Wok, New England Road

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Picture by Fred Pipes

 

Pie Society, Western Road

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Quilty Pleasures, Upper Hamilton Road

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Owner Elizabeth Betts said: “I think the name suits Brighton because Brighton has a sense of humour, people really like puns here.

“I can see how people find me on the internet and a lot of people search for ‘pleasures Brighton’, I imagine they were looking for something else other than fabric.

“People definitely remember the name rather than just the Brighton Patchwork Shop or something but I still feel a bit silly ringing up places and saying its Liz from Quilty Pleasures.”

 

 

Pulp Kitchen, Bond Street (now sadly departed)

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12:57pm Wed 19 Mar 14

WooahWooah says...

Personally I like the hairdresser named 'Curl up and Dye', but it isn't in Brighton.
Personally I like the hairdresser named 'Curl up and Dye', but it isn't in Brighton. WooahWooah
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

sussexanarchist says...

There used to be a Fatboy Trims somewhere......
There used to be a Fatboy Trims somewhere...... sussexanarchist
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Wed 19 Mar 14

FC says...

Where's Pie Society gone though? And Pulp Kitchen...
Where's Pie Society gone though? And Pulp Kitchen... FC
  • Score: 5

1:42pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ReluctantHousewife says...

What about Burger Off in Hove and the fantastically named Ant & Decorators - see their van in the area a lot!
What about Burger Off in Hove and the fantastically named Ant & Decorators - see their van in the area a lot! ReluctantHousewife
  • Score: 7

2:05pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Fight_Back says...

Big Baps in Worthing always made me snigger ( although it's now gone ).

Mucky Pup in Hangleton is another good name.
Big Baps in Worthing always made me snigger ( although it's now gone ). Mucky Pup in Hangleton is another good name. Fight_Back
  • Score: 3

2:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

jamevan says...

And 'Wood, Nail & I' carpenters.
And 'Wood, Nail & I' carpenters. jamevan
  • Score: 5

2:41pm Wed 19 Mar 14

SteveHove says...

you can not miss out Doggy Fashion In St Jams Street......
you can not miss out Doggy Fashion In St Jams Street...... SteveHove
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Isaac Rinkfern says...

This has been going on for years in Brighton.

Remember the shoe shop "R Soles",

Or the place that sold leather goods, named "For Skins"?

Over in Shoreham we have a bar named "Piston Broke", that certainly upset a few locals, including the local Tory party who have had to move their "Tim Loughton" sign from their office window, directly above the sign for this bar.
This has been going on for years in Brighton. Remember the shoe shop "R Soles", Or the place that sold leather goods, named "For Skins"? Over in Shoreham we have a bar named "Piston Broke", that certainly upset a few locals, including the local Tory party who have had to move their "Tim Loughton" sign from their office window, directly above the sign for this bar. Isaac Rinkfern
  • Score: 12

11:12am Thu 20 Mar 14

Harry Brown says...

Woofters - dog walking was always a strange sight for me
Woofters - dog walking was always a strange sight for me Harry Brown
  • Score: -1

6:13pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Fairfax Aches says...

"U Benders" and "Girlz on Tap" Plumbing companies for the alternative lifestyle market
"U Benders" and "Girlz on Tap" Plumbing companies for the alternative lifestyle market Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -1

8:10am Fri 21 Mar 14

downbythesea says...

SteveHove wrote:
you can not miss out Doggy Fashion In St Jams Street......
The original name they wanted was Doggy Style (yes really!) but Brighton Council banned it as too explicit about 5/6 years ago!
[quote][p][bold]SteveHove[/bold] wrote: you can not miss out Doggy Fashion In St Jams Street......[/p][/quote]The original name they wanted was Doggy Style (yes really!) but Brighton Council banned it as too explicit about 5/6 years ago! downbythesea
  • Score: 0

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