Company Information

Karen Blakeman on February 14th, 2014

On one of my recent workshops I was asked if I used Google as my default search tool, especially when conducting business research. The short answer is “It depends”. The long answer is that it depends on the topic and type of information I am looking for. Yes, I do use Google a lot but […]

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Karen Blakeman on June 12th, 2013

Company Check ( and its sister website Company Director Check are two of the more popular services on my business and search workshops. They repackage official information from Companies House and provide much of it free of charge. I first reviewed them in 2011 ( and and since then there have been many updates and additions. A […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 20th, 2013

My latest business information workshop, organised by TFPL, was held yesterday in London. A large chunk of the session was taken up with exploring and discussing web sites but we also looked at how advanced search options and commands can be used to focus on higher quality business information. An edited version of the slides […]

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Karen Blakeman on January 2nd, 2013

All companies in Israel must register with The Registrar of Companies at the Ministry of Justice ( and the tax authorities. The register can be searched at using part or all of a company name in English or Hebrew, or by entering the company number. The search interface and the results are in Hebrew but if you are […]

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Karen Blakeman on October 2nd, 2012

I am updating the official registries section of  my business sources listings ( and there are changes to the entries for Luxembourg and Belgium. The Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés – Accueil ( is the official register of companies and associations in Luxembourg. The search options are limited to company name or number and […]

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Karen Blakeman on July 25th, 2011

There is a lot happening in the UK business information sector at the moment. From two of my earlier postings on company information you will probably have gathered that competition between the providers is hotting up. And if you need statistics then the open data initiatives provide direct access to raw data – possibly. If […]

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Karen Blakeman on July 20th, 2011

I first reviewed Company Check ( earlier this year (Free UK company information Since then they have made more UK company information available free of charge. As well as Cash at Bank the service also shows 6 years of figures and graphs for Net Worth, Total Liabilities and Total Current Liabilities. Data is taken from […]

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There are numerous services that take UK Companies House data and repackage it. Some of the data is offered free of charge but more detailed information and additional analysis such as credit reports are priced. bizzy ( is one such organisation but uniquely it also offers free credit ratings for many UK limited companies. (Note […]

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Karen Blakeman on January 10th, 2011

One of the most frequently asked questions that land in my inbox is “Where can I find information on [insert company name of your choice]”. The enquiry is often about a UK company and comes from ordinary Joe or Josephine Bloggs who knows nothing about sources of business information. Those of you who, like me, […]

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Karen Blakeman on January 24th, 2010

The General Registry Cayman Islands ( enables you to order birth, marriage and death certificates and now has a company search option. To gain access to the company search you first have to register (free of charge).  To view records you have to set up an account and deposit US$ 73.18, which is the cost […]

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