I have Edward Scissorhands to say thanks to for my passion. Not the Hollywood film - yet a backstreet Amsterdam barbers by the very same name.
Having actually flown from Leeds-Bradford to the Dutch resources - without having had time for that all-important vacation haircut - I stumbled across a barber's which was to be my savior (yes, it is run by a guy called Edward).
What a relief to find across a barber, as well as what luck to locate one that wasn't known by among the threadbare High Street names such as Cut Above The Rest or The Parting Shot. Therefore a love affair with all things great, negative as well as hideous in company names began.
My love of names originated from my initial occupation as a news reporter in Yorkshire. I made psychological notes of names that made me laugh; names that offered themselves - or not - to the person's task.
Those who keep in mind Mrs Million functioning as a bank cashier at Barclays in Heading, Leeds in the late 1980s may consent. I still flinch when I remember taking care of an elderly treatment nurse called Mrs Coffin. And also I still locate it tough containing my entertainment today when I see Chief Supt Trotter, head of British Transportation Cops, or Grand National-winning jockey Tony Dobbin on the information. And what concerning a couple of weeks earlier in the interactions' column - one Dr Bypass.
But it is those business names that show inspiration, wit, daring reasoning and also - attempt I say it - downright silliness that now feed my passion. And also I attempt to support them whenever I can.
Most importantly else, kids's shoe shops figure most prominently as they attempt to remain one step in advance - quite literally - of the resistance, especially in the face of the growing popularity of footwear sales through the net.
Favourites consist of Footsie 100 and Little Toe Peep, while those Adam Ant fans could want to step back in the time to the 1980s and patronize Goody 2 Footwear. Others with a musical persuasion may decide that Shoo-be-doo or Shoewaddywaddy is for them.
Children's footwear stores offer themselves specifically well to business pun - such as Lillifoot; Look Who's Walking and Bubble and Chic.
The vital 'back to institution' purchasing period is also the basis for some proprietors - Well Institution as well as Shooligans amongst those jumping on this bandwagon.
Do not allow geography place you off - anybody in Northamptonshire with a footwear shop would additionally discover it challenging to withstand copying the owners who called their store Towcester Toes, a fantastic play on words.
Perhaps we should have a competitors to discover the UK's ideal shop name? Entries from different industries might combat it out with opponents to see who would certainly be crowned King of the Word play here.
The footwear stores would be up there with the best of them - the fish store called Battersea Cods' Residence; the florists Floral as well as Hardy; the hair stylists Barber Blacksheep; the roadside coffee shop Just Fools as well as Sauces; or the Baguette Me Not sandwich store.
While many of the names increase a smile, not least with me, there is clearly an extremely severe side to calling your company. If you browse, all great services have good names.
Being different - and being seen to be different - is significantly becoming an essential component of developing a much better company.
The fastest-growing business, on and also off the High Road, are those which separate themselves from their rivals - making certain they stand apart in their market, nonetheless very affordable it may be.
Not simply on paper, however in method, also. And that means on the indication over your shop front, or the nameplate on the front door of your service.