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DoordaBiz Summary

Derek Munro

All data with DoordaBiz connects on a single company number from Appointments to Patents. The data is grouped into 3 logical categories to make exploration as fast and easy as possible.

  • Register – Contains information directly related to legal requirements and regulatory compliance.
  • Risk – Details information of interest when trying to better understand the risks associated with a company, these could be regulator notices or director disqualifications.
  • Addons – More generalised information which helps you develop a deeper understanding of a company from property to commercial activity

The same schema applies regardless of how you access the data be it via the API or Hosted solution. Feel free to browse some of the datasets within DoordaBiz below.

Intro to DoordaBiz
DatasetDescriptionCoverageUse Case
Company AppointmentsThe 'Register of Company Appointments', contains details on over 30 million appointments, including; Company Directors, Secretaries and other Company Members.

  • View all active, and resigned appointees along with the resignation date where applicable.
  • Cross-reference current or previous connections to other companies. If a company director has more than one directorship our technology will recognise and join them under the same ID
  • Check a Company Directors status, the data includes a flag so you can see if they have been disqualified by The Insolvency Service (See 'Disqualified Directors' dataset for further information).
UKIf you are monitoring an individual via the DoordaBiz API you can pull updates on any changes the same day they are published allowing you to take the appropriate action to mitigate your risk, or enhance your sales opportunities.
Company ProfilesThe company profile dataset contains top-level information relating to all active and de-listed companies, just over 14 Million and counting. The data is taken directly from the main Companies House register.

  • Reduce the number of questions you ask by auto-completing forms.
  • When dealing with a company complete your due diligence by joining the profile information with other DoordaBiz datasets such as company appointees and checking the sanctions list.
  • Use the extensive historical data to create a company risk profile by sector, associated directors, or Company Type.
UKWhen a new company is formed the founders are keen to sort out insurance and set up banking facilities as quickly as they can. By using the DoordaBiz API you get information on companies which have registered in the last 24 hours reducing friction between you and your prospects.
Disqualified DirectorsA person or entity can be disqualified from being a company director if they don’t meet their legal responsibilities. Anyone can report a company director's conduct as being 'unfit'.

  • View when a disqualification was applied and which company it was connected to
  • Find out which section of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 they were disqualified under
  • Find out when a disqualification comes to an end and track their ID to view any new registrations
UKIndividuals can be prosecuted and become personally liable for the company’s debts if they carry out company business on the instructions of a disqualified director so it’s essential you are monitoring this list.
Registered Data ControllersAll businesses, regardless of size, who handle or store personal data, must be registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). This register is named the Data Controller Register.

  • Check company registration to ensure they are compliant with GDPR legislation
  • Find out what data a company handles by viewing their registration details
  • Uncover what data a company is sharing to get a better understanding of any associated risks
UKUse the registration details to better understand the risk profile of any companies you are dealing with. If a company is unaware they need to register then it raises the likelihood that they are not following the correct regulations internally resulting in a higher risk profile.
Environment Agency EnforcementsThe Environment Agency was established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. Within England they’re responsible for Regulating major industry and waste. As the appointed regulator they will issue enforcement notices and fines against organisations who are not adhering to the regulations.

  • See which companies have received the most enforcement notices
  • Link to the original source notice on the Environment Agency website
  • Investigate the reason for the notice and find out which regulation the notice relates to
EnglandThe Environment Agency will issue notices where regulations aren’t being adhered to. Failure to adhere to regulations will raise a company’s risk profile as they may be liable to prosecution from the regulators, or in more severe cases, the courts.
Company Imports and ExportsHMRC publishes data on the commodity of Non-EU goods being imported and exported each month, for individual companies. There are over 10 Thousand commodities included in this publication ranging from 'AC Generators' to 'Zinc Bars'.

  • View the source and destination country of the goods
  • Find out how often a company imports or exports goods
  • Uncover vulnerabilities in supply chains
UKAs world trade enters a period of uncertainty it’s becoming ever more important to understand the impact on individual companies. Using the import/export dataset you can better understand the risks to a company by looking at where they are exporting or importing goods.

For example, if a company is exporting cars to the US and there is an increase in the tariffs then this would most probably affect revenue. Alternatively, if the tariffs were to be lowered then it may boost revenue.
Gambling PremisesThe Gambling Premises is a total count of gambling licenses granted by Local Authorities joined to company numbers and grouped by premise type, e.g. Betting Shop, Casino, Bingo Hall.

  • Find out which companies are licensed
  • View the number of locations each company has a license for
  • See the type of licences held
England, Wales & ScotlandWith the recent introduction of a reduction in the maximum stake allowed on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) a lot of companies are revaluating their retailing holdings. The Gambling Premises dataset will allow you to track changes in the size of a company’s retail footprint.
Company FilingsCompany Filings are a complete list of the official journals of record for the UK government, this contains statutory notices which companies are required to be published. This is transactional data relating to companies such as a new registered address, appointment of a new director or change of company status. This dataset allows you to.

  • View changes for individual companies over time
  • Create a snapshot of a company in the past
  • Monitor time sequenced activity on the Company Register
UKIf you need to make a decision on a company it may be useful to see what position a company was in 12 months ago. You may want to know:

  • Has it recently changed address?
  • Has it ever been late filing its accounts?
  • Has the status ever changed?
All these questions can be answered using the Company Filings.
Health & Safety Executive Improvement NoticesThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety legislation for most industry sectors in Great Britain. This includes the issuance of improvement notices if companies fail to adhere to the regulations.

This dataset will allow you to:

  • View which companies are failing to follow good practice
  • Identify companies which may be at risk of a future prosecution
  • Link to the original source on the Regulators website
England, Wales & ScotlandThis is a great dataset to better understand the risks associated with a company. You can score the quality of the management by understanding why an improvement notice was issued.
Health & Safety Executive ProsecutionsThe Health and Safety Executive prosecutes companies and individuals for breaches of health and safety law. When they prosecute someone, they prepare a ‘Case’ against them. The case may involve one or more instances when the defendant has failed to comply with health and safety law – each one of these is referred to as a ‘Breach’.

This dataset will allow you to:

  • Find out which companies have been prosecuted
  • See the individual breaches included as part of the prosecution
  • Link to the original source on the Regulators website
England, Wales & ScotlandThis is a great dataset to better understand the risks associated with a company. Using the prosecution data you can see the size of any fine and calculate the impact on the company’s bottom line as well as assessing any potential reputational damage.
Information Commissioners Office EnforcementsThis dataset lists enforcement actions and prosecutions undertaken by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to change the behaviour of organisations and individuals that collect, use and keep personal information. It includes criminal prosecution, non-criminal enforcement, and audit outcomes.

This dataset will allow you to:

  • Find out which companies have been prosecuted under GDPR
  • View companies which have had enforcement notices issued
  • Link to the original source on the Regulators website
UKThis is a great dataset for better understanding the risks associated with a company operating under GDPR. Using the prosecution data you can create a ‘Risk flag’ which can be built into your risk assessment model to highlight companies which may require further investigation. 

For example, Pregnancy and parenting club Bounty was fined £400,000 for sharing data without explicit consent.
Judiciary Tribunal DecisionsThe Tribunals Judiciary make decisions on appeals made against regulatory bodies, or government departments, responsible for VAT, Customs Duties and Insurance Premium Taxes to name a few. This dataset lists all the published decisions.

The data will allow you to:

  • See if a company has been successful in a VAT appeal
  • Identify decisions which may impact a sector
  • Link to the original source on the Tribunals website
UKOn 20th March 2019, Faux Properties appealed their fine for an inaccurate VAT return. The court ruled that they had been careless and as such, they still had to pay the penalty. This level of information can be used to score how well run a company is.
Company LiquidationsThe Liquidation Register provides details on companies who have been, or who are going through, liquidation proceedings. As liquidation is a staged process each company listed will have multiple entries.

The data will allow you to:

  • See what stage a company’s liquidation is at such as “Notice of court order ending administration
  • View the dates associated with court decisions and when a liquidator is appointed
  • Track when petitions are issued. 
UKSome liquidations can be complex so if you want to monitor what is going on you can track individual companies as a liquidation progress. For example, on the 13th December 2018 a ‘Notice of appointment of liquidator’ was registered for CASTLE STREET INNS LIMITED. On 10th January 2019 Notice of court order ending administration was published.
Company ChargesThe Charges Register contains a list of all Charges applied against UK companies. A charge (or mortgage) is the security a company gives for a loan e.g. Land, Machinery or Intellectual Property. Most charges will be registered at Companies House. In most cases, registration is by the lender. A charge must be registered within 21 days of the creation of the charge to ensure its security in the event of liquidation.

The data will allow you to:

  • See how many charges a company has against it
  • Monitor the status of charge to see if it’s been satisfied or still outstanding
  • Uncover the purpose of a charge such as Mortgage Deed, or Debenture
UKSome companies use charges as a normal part of their business in which case it’s a good way if seeing if a company is growing. Others will use charges to raise money to cover a downturn in business. Either way, charges are an invaluable resource to help you establish the risk profile of a company or a particular sector.
Company Property OwnershipThe Company Property Ownership dataset is a count of properties owned by UK and Overseas registered companies. This is compiled from data released by the Land Registry.

The data will allow you to:

  • Track changes in property ownership
  • See how many properties a company owns or has a long lease on
  • Better understand exposure in the property market
England & WalesBy tracking the number of properties connected to a company you can see if they are growing their portfolio or shrinking it.
Intellectual Property Office RegisterThe Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.

A patent for an invention is granted by the government to the inventor, giving the inventor the right to stop others, for a limited period, from making, using or selling the invention without their permission.

The data will allow you to:

  • See how many Patents and Trademarks a company holds
  • Be alerted to the loss of a patent
  • Link directly to official register based on Company number
UKPatents can make or break a business. One of the more notorious patent loses was when Crocs lost their patent claim taking millions off the value of the company overnight. If a business is reliant on a patent then you can track its status to ensure they are a secure ongoing investment.
Previous Registered AddressesA Company can change their registered address at any time by filing the change with Companies House. The Previous Company Address dataset lists all addresses previously used by companies as their official registered office address.

The data will allow you to:

  • View all previously used addresses
  • See the dates an address was in use
  • Monitor changes to ensure you have the most up to date address
UKOnly the directors of a company can approve a change of registered address so frequent moves may be a sign of turbulence within the business. A lot of companies will also use their accountants address as their registered office so a change may indicate that a new accountant has been appointed.
Previous Company NamesThe Previous Company Name Register lists all previous names linked to the fixed company number. There are many reasons why a company may decide to change its name, new owners, change of direction, damage limitation etc. This dataset lists the start and end dates for when a company name was in use.

The data will allow you to:

  • View all previously used company names
  • See the dates a company name was in use
  • Monitor changes to ensure you have the most up to date name
UKAll company names must be unique on the live Company Register, however, there is nothing to stop a company using the same name as a company which is no is longer listed on the live register which can cause a lot of confusion. Checking when a name was in use will remove the confusion and ensure you are dealing with the correct company.
Significant ControllersThe People with Significant Control (PSC) register lists the individuals, or companies, who own or control companies. This includes details of their interest in the company and nature of control. A Company may have no significant controllers or several depending on how it is structured.

The data will allow you to:

  • View individuals or organisations with a controlling stake in a company
  • Better understand corporate structures by seeing how companies are connected
  • Check individuals for compliance purposes
UKThe Money Laundering Regulations 2017, which incorporate the Fourth Money Laundering Directive (4MLD) from the EU, require all companies to conduct checks on anyone they are doing business with. You can use the Significant Control Register as part of these checks to ensure there are no individuals or organisations connected to a company listed on any watch list.
SanctionsThe Sanctions dataset lists all companies and Individuals the UK government, EU and UN have imposed sanctions on. Sanctions are restrictive measures imposed on individuals or entities in an effort to curtail their activities and to exert pressure and influence on them. The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) are responsible for ensuring that financial sanctions are properly understood, implemented and enforced in the United Kingdom.

The data will allow you to:

  • Check the sanctions list for internal compliance purposes
  • Ensure you are adhering to UK and International requirements
  • Protect your business by having access to the latest data
UKAll companies must adhere to regulatory obligations to prevent their business from being used to launder the proceeds of crime or designated regimes. By integrating the Sanctions dataset within your business processes, you can instantly check the individuals and organisations you are dealing with are not listed in the sanctions database.
Government ContractsGovernment Contracts is a count of Active and Expired contracts awarded to individual companies. Detailed information on the value and duration of the listed contracts is available in the Public Procurement module.

The data will allow you to:

  • See if a company has any active government contacts
  • Check if they have previously held a government contract
  • Monitor ongoing successes and failures in the public procurement space
UKIf a company is awarded a government contract, they may require additional finance to fulfil their obligations. Conversely, if they lose a contract it may impact on their viability as a business.

 

 

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