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Offline Ben  
#1 Posted : 11 June 2015 14:53:45(UTC)

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Many tax professionals will have seen the migration from to the website.

Companies House is another of the Government departments undergoing a significant digital revamp.

So what is the background and what is changing.

In July 2014 Companies House made a public commitment that all of its digital data would be free of charge by the end of the second calendar quarter of 2015 i.e. by the end of June 2015.

The Government Launched the new Companies House beta website in October 2014.

The new Companies House service will replace all their filing and search services based on a new REST-based application programme interface (API), allowing both third parties and Companies House to build services on top of that API for both filing and search.

Companies House previously used an Oracle database structure which is it replacing with a NoSQL MongoDB infrastructure to support this.

You can use the link above to give the new Beta service a try.

The extent of free and quickly available information may well come as a surprise if you have been used to using the old Companies House systems for many years.

Use the link to the new beta above to take a look at the new online service.

The extent of free and freely available information about a company registered in the UK now exceeds that available in other countries around the world, and may well be the most extensive.

People requesting information on the Companies House website in 2013-14 spent over £8.5 Million. It would seem that the Government hope that more corporate "transparency" will aid business in the UK and the loss of income, unless attempts to recover the income via other charges on registered business themselves, is a price worth paying.

With many documents previously costing only £1 each you would have weight up the costs of collecting the £8.5M plus so once those admin savings are taking into account it might actually be cheaper to give it away than charge for it!

The Business secretary at the time Vince Cable, is quoted as saying "much value can be added to the UK's economy by making, for example, Companies House data open to all".

"By making its data freely available and free of charge, Companies House is making the UK a more transparent, efficient and effective place to do business,"

Other planned "open data" releases include Land Registry, Ordnance Survey and Met Office.
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