Companies House opens free digital data service

UK registrar has enabled free access to over 170 million digital records on companies, directors and financial accounts

Companies House has announced the launch of its new public beta search service allowing users access to more than 170 million digital records free of charge.

For the first time, users will be granted free access to the UK registrar’s records on companies, directors and secretaries, including financial accounts and company filings throughout the life of the company.

Before this, users had to pay a nominal fee of up to £1 and the department for business, innovation and skills claims that customers spent £8.7m accessing Companies House information from 2013 to 2014.

The service can be found here.

Tim Moss, registrar of companies, said: “In making this move to free data we’ll be giving £6m back to UK Plc but more importantly removing a barrier to accessing the public information on companies.

“When we’ve previously released data for free we see increases in its use. This can only be good for the economy as it encourages people to use the data in new and innovative ways, carry out more analyses on companies, and make better decisions.”

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