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Introduction to Company Information
Business research can include information on company reports, share price data, directors or shareholders, ownership structures, business statistics, credit ratings, market research and articles in trade journals and newspapers.
There are many websites, databases and other sources which can be used to research businesses based in the UK; the availability of information depends on the legal status of a business and the disclosure requirements. All limited companies in the UK are registered at Companies House and are required to file:
- Annual return - information about directors and company secretary, registered office address, shareholders and share capital
- Annual accounts- all companies must keep accounting records.
As well as our subscribed sources a company's own website can also be a useful source of information on corporate structures, services, products, contacts, vacancies and links to annual reports and newsletters.
Books on Company Information
Books on these subjects can be found under these numbers on the shelf.
|Business research methods
Company Information- Articles and News
Business Source Premier (BSP)
Full text coverage of trade and academic periodicals covering all business disciplines, including marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics. Also includes industry and company profiles and SWOT analyses, country economic data and market research.
Online market research tool from Euromonitor, providing strategic analysis of market size and market share for products in countries around the world.
Searchable collection of full text articles from national, regional and european newspapers.
Company Information - Financial
Full financial information (current and historic) as well as key activities, stock data (listed companies only) and detailed global ownership information for registered companies in the UK and Ireland with either a turnover or shareholder funds in excess of £1.5m, or profits in excess of £150,000.
Company Information- Annual Reports
Provider of annual reports for listed companies in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Reports can be browsed by exchange, by industry or sector, or alphabetically.
All limited companies in the UK are registered at Companies House. Use the WebCHeck service to search for information on over 3 million companies either by company name or registration number. The results for each company include free information and a list of documents that are available to order.
FT Markets Data
The FT Markets Data website provides access to company annual reports, strategy documents and market data.