Common trading names

Common trading names

Some businesses use a different trading name (sometimes known as a merchant alias code) when processing transactions in and out of their accounts, which can be a bit confusing when they appear on your bank statement.

If you don't recognise a payment on your account, then the following list of business trading names might help:

List of common trading names

Trading name Company or service
Amazon Prime Amazon – subscription service for faster delivery
Applegreen Fuel stations/services
Arcadia Group holding name for the largest fashion retailer in the UK – brands include Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topman, Topshop and Wallis
Ariste Holding Ltd Cash Genie – payday lender
Ask Zinga Penny auction site that charges following a free trial
B365 Internet Bet 365 – online gambling company
BFL (Paysafe) Big Fat Lotto – online lottery syndicate
Camelot Group Operators of the UK National Lottery
Capita Payment service for TV Licensing
Cash 4 U Now Payday lender
CHB Child Benefit
Chequeless The Money Shop – payday lender
Credit Expert Experian – one of the UK's leading credit reporting companies
Domestic & General Provide warranties for domestic appliances
EE Telecomms company – EE, Orange and T-Mobile
Equifax Ltd One of the UK's leading credit reporting companies
G I Ltd UK betting shop including the Coral and Gala Bingo brands
Grattan Online catalogue retailer
HomeLet The UK's largest tenant referencing and specialist lettings insurance company
Home Retail Group Leading home and general merchandise retailer, with brands such as Argos and Homebase
Hutchison 3G UK Company name for Three Mobile
Kingfisher Company group name for B&Q and Screwfix
Knowhow Technology service and support offered within Currys and PC World
LBK Ladbrokes - betting and gaming company
Littlewoods Online catalogue retailer
Live Career CV support service with premium features
Lowell Group They provide businesses with debt recovery services
Magnum Pay Payment service used by health supplement businesses
MBNA Credit card provider
McAfee They provide anti-virus and internet safety software
MoneyPlus Group Owners of Clear View Finance – one of the UK's largest debt solution companies
Netflix Online streaming service for TV programmes and movies that charge a monthly fee
New Day Providers of credit and store cards for brands including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Laura Ashley, Wallis, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Harvey Nichols, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topshop and Topman
Norton Anti-virus and security software
Paddy Power Online betting website
Payday Express Trading name of Instant Cash Loans Ltd
Payday UK Another trading name of Instant Cash Loans Ltd
PayPal Internet payment company
Quick Credit Score Online membership that provides access to your credit information for a monthly fee
Quick Quid Online loan provider
Sony Ent Network Playstation accounts
Spotify Music streaming site available for a monthly fee
TfL Transport for London
TicketMaster Provider of tickets for theatre, concerts, sports events and more
UK Credit Online lending company
WHO Internet William Hill Online Betting
Wonga Providers of short-term online loans to individuals and business

If you have an unknown payment showing on your account, and the trading name isn't included in the list above, try searching online for the name that appears on your statement to see if any familiar shops or company names appear in the results.

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