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Nov 06

Why finding company information is easier than you think

Posted on Thursday 6th November 2014

Are you thinking about entering into a financial relationship with another company? It's important to verify the status of any directors and check that the business exists and is financially stable, in order to avoid any future problems.

Under the Companies Act 2006, all limited companies in the UK must register their details with Companies House. Finding the information you need is easier than you think with Peopletracer's Director and Business Search.

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The Companies Act 2006: What is it and what does it mean?

Today, all company registration matters are dealt with in law, by the Companies Act 2006. All limited companies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are registered at Companies House, which currently holds the details of more than three million companies. These limited companies must file certain documents with Companies House when they are first set up and on an ongoing (normally annual) basis. This information includes accounts, annual returns and a selection of company reports.

The 2006 Act is an updated version of the Companies Act 1985; several key changes [were introduced for both commercial and private companies. You can view a copy of the Companies Act 2006 at legislation.gov.uk.

What are Director's responsibilities?

All directors have a number of obligations and legal responsibilities. For example, directors are responsible for the company’s annual accounts and returns, and they need to ensure the company’s details are kept up to date, and submit all company information on a publicly accessible register.

Companies that deliver accounts late will receive a late filing penalty, which will be displayed on their public record. This ensures that the information held by Companies House is up to date.

Ensuring peace of mind with Peopletracer's online tools

It doesn’t matter what kind of businesses you deal with on a daily basis, you need to have total confidence and peace of mind that they are legitimate companies you can trust. Luckily, the legal requirement for companies to register their details enables you to find out a large amount of useful information.

You can support your decision making and due diligence background checks by using our Director Search to view current, resigned or dissolved appointments and our Business Search to verify information about a company.

Director Search

Director Search

Our Director Search is a fantastic online tool that enables you to find company directors and access their full reports.

To get started, simply signup and then choose a package to suit your needs. If you're searching for just one person, the Bronze Package should be ideal. However, if you're searching for more than one person, you will need to select a bigger package.

When performing a people search, you can find out if a person holds one or more UK directorships and access financial information associated with that person, such as bankruptcy or County Court Judgements.

You can also access Companies House Director Reports, which provides information including:

  • Personal details (Name, DOB, occupation, nationality)
  • Company details (Name, registration number, address, incorporation date, accounting dates)
  • Appointment type and date
  • Resignation date
  • Other current or resigned appointments

Business Search

You can also use our business search to find information about a company, such as registration number, trading address, contact details, date of incorporation, company appointments and accounting details.

For five credits, a Companies House result also gives you the option to search for company appointments – simply click on the ‘Search Company Appointments’ button in the Companies House result to view information about notable appointments including:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Appointment Date
  • Resigned Date
  • Appointment Type

If you're considering entering into a business relationship, our Director and Business Searches can help to inform your decision. Sign-up today to get started.