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Searching for companies and businessesWhat information can I obtain for free?How can I pay for the reports I order?Once I have paid, how are the reports delivered?What if there is limited information on the report?

Searching for companies and businesses

You can enter the full name or part of the name for a company or business in the search box on the main screen. Generally speaking the less you enter into the search box the more results you will be presented with. There are two different types of businesses that will appear within your results, incorporated companies and unincorporated businesses. Incorporated companies are those businesses that are registered at Companies House and usually include Limited, LTD, PLC or LLP at the end of the name. Unincorporated businesses usually comprise of one individual acting as a sole trader or a group of individuals acting as a partnership. It is also possible in the case of limited companies to search using the companys registration number.

Once you have located the company you would like to find out more about then simple click on the corresponding view icon for a list of available documents and reports.

What information can I obtain for free?

For each company or business recorded on our database we hold a certain amount of information that you can view for free. For most incorporated companies we can provide details on the company number, registered office address, accounts type, when the last return and accounts were filed and a history of any documents filed at Companies House since 1995. As non-limited businesses do not file information with Companies House the free information we hold about these businesses is usually limited to just the address.

How can I pay for the reports I order?

You can order more than one report by adding each one individually to your shopping basket. Once you are ready to place your order you will be given a total price inclusive of VAT. A payment can be made online using all major debit and credit cards. Once your payment has been authorised you will automatically receive a link to your document download area from which you can access your reports. If you prefer to pay by an alternative method such as cheque, postal order or bank transfer then this can be arranged by speaking to one of our advisors.

Once I have paid, how are the reports delivered?

Once your payment has been authorised you will automatically receive an email containing a link to your download area. The email will also contain the login details to access your reports for a period of 30 days following the date when the payment was made.

Once you have logged into your download area the system will automatically retrieve your documents, this could take up to 3 minutes to complete. You can check to see if your documents are available for download by clicking on the relevant button in the download area. Once the documents are available you can download them to your local computer in either Tiff or Pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format. To save the file to your computer you must right click on the link and select save target as. The credit reports can also be viewed within your web browser.

What if there is limited information on the report?

Absence of information tells you something in itself. Even if the information about a business does not give you a lot to go on, the fact that there are, for example, no County Court Judgments against them gives you more confidence than not knowing.
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