Once you have been a tester, it stays with you. You can’t switch it off, there’s no cure and it seems to be communicable. Case in point, I have passed it on to my new company and it continues to find bugs on my behalf.
Whilst setting up House of Test in the UK, the fun started when I was unable to register ‘House of Test’ as a UK company name. There is another company name that is too similar and so I instead registered the company as ‘Château du Test’ (including the circumflex over the ‘a’ – I’m sure some of you can see where this is going).
The company name itself allowed happened without a hitch. Then the snail mail started to arrive. HMRC has so far used three different variants when sending me mail. I think this one is my favourite, though.
That might have been interesting enough, but then I applied for a bank account. The Lloyds business banking online application form has a nifty feature that looks up your business details when you enter the business registration number.
I must say as an aside, that I am quite pleased that my company number kicks off with ‘1066’.
Back to the account application though – the thing that is not so nifty about the lookup functionality is that although it brought back the right details (complete with circumflex), the ‘next’ functionality remained greyed out.
That was easily solvable simply by editing the field, but upon submission, not much happened. Looking under the hood, we see:
Searching on the name without the circumflex returned no results. Adding it back made the form fall over. So much for applying online.
No worries though. A few phone calls and bits and a week or two of red tape and they issued me with my shiny new ATM card.
Okay, so it’s not the ‘little bobby tables‘ of company names, but if the very act of getting set up to operate a testing-related business finds a host of bugs, I shall count that as a fortuitous beginning.