Companies House info

  asdf99 13:17 07 Apr 2006

If you wish to find out more info on a company you are thinking of buying from or have bought from, try going to the companies house website at click here were from a £1 you can download company info.

May make you decide not to do business with some if you see how some are run.

  aveylee 13:46 07 Apr 2006

An excellent link asdf99.
As an ex trading standards advisor I can confirm that we used to use this service as well, when people called.

Most people can settle for the free search (found on right hand side of the screen).

Some things to look out for include:
The date of incorporation (how long has the company been going).
Are the accounts up to date?
How often has it changed its name?
Does the companies contact details match their website details? (Although they do sometimes differ).
Is it in Liquadation?
Finally if you cannot find the (UK) company anywhere on the site, don'y buy from them. They are either very small companies (you're in trouble if they go to the wall) or potentially fraudulent

If there is 'anything' that gives you pause for thought, look elsewhere. There are plenty of reputable companies out there.

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