My business was called Bills Cafe, and has been in Eastbourne with that name for over 20 years, i bought the business in 2005.
Also in Lewes was a greengrocers called Bills, he expanded and opened a cafe beside the existing business. The original owner was called Bill Collinson.
In 2007 he sold out to Richard Caring the owner of several food chain establishments, including Belgo, Strada, Le Caprice and The Ivy.
They have now expanded the chain to 14 establishments with at least another 3 opening this year.
I still hold bank accounts and trade cards etc in the name of Bills Cafe, so what i need to know are they allowed to open an establishment in the same town as me, without my permission or some form of recompense,.
Yes they have already opened a cafe of the same name a couple of months ago.
Can't say if they are trying to trade off the back of my business, as they originally a small business in another town in the same county, but somebody bought that name and decided on a fast expansion using the same name. But i'm wondering in the same way i couldn't go to London and open a chain called Harrods, Selfridges, or ***** *****, even if any of these were my name.