UK company accounts become freely available

Today’s money-saving tip: you no longer have to pay to access UK company filings.

Companies House has launched a Companies House beta site, with free registration through which you can access UK company filings without charge. They are asking for feedback, so don’t expect everything to be perfect.

I clicked on the pdf document link and up came a blank document – until I launched it properly in Adobe – then the text appeared. For one company, the latest accounts didn’t appear to be there, although I’d found them offered elsewhere.

So, when you search for UK companies you will also start to notice search results popping up from other UK company data sites offering this data. For example,  CompaniesintheUK came up in one general company search I carried out and provided its latest accounts free.

However, it’s worth checking that these other sites really are offering the full and latest accounts and that they are taken from Companies House, but you shouldn’t need to pay for this data any more.

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