By Michael Lowe
As companies develop much less capital and infrastructure in depth and extra humans and data in depth it turns into more and more very important for state-of-the-art managers to understand what enterprise info is on the market and the way to use it to their very own decision-making methods. This booklet relates enterprises' actual info must particular kinds and named examples of knowledge resources and prone. the ultimate bankruptcy exhibits the best way to make the most the large array of accessible details systematically, having a look, for instance, on the position of the knowledge middleman, the net and on-line hosts. this can be a publication no well-informed company can be with out.
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Companies House Directory: information (CD-ROM version) Company name Registered company number Registered office address Accounting reference date Date of latest annual return filed Date of latest accounts filed Accounts type Date of incorporation Company type Company status Trade classification-SIC(92) Mortgage indicator Postcode Search facilities include Searching on any number or word Phrase searches Date ranges Search on items containing certain values Phonetic searching of company name Wildcard searches Combined search criteria within and between fields Currently the only other major products are databases of directors names and details, of mortgage information, and two million companies on the Change of Name and Dissolved Index CD-ROM.
It follows that the motivation for finding out about a business, and the information needed, varies greatly. In one case it may be for a routine operational purpose: to discover the address of a supplier; in another for a tactical purpose: to select the most relevant supplier; in a third case, for a strategic purpose: to decide which firm to try to buy up in order to guarantee the supply of an essential component. Similar information maybe used differently for different purposes. For operational purposes it may provide a definite answer; for strategic purposes it may only be one factor to reduce the risk in a decision.
Documents can be delivered to users in hardcopy, microform, or via fax or courier. Microform copies of all documents can be inspected at the Cardiff headquarters, or the London and Edinburgh main offices. Reduced level services are available from satellite offices in Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow. This leaves much scope for information professionals and for commercial information providers to compile, selectively extract, compare, calculate, alert, and add even more value to this UK data, and to deal with the complexities of foreign equivalents.