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Using the Business Search screen
Registered / Business number
Business name
Business telephone number
Postcode
Post town
Search Filters
    Limited only
    Non-limited only
    Both
    Exclude dissolved companies
    Exact name match

Using the Business Search screen return to top

The Business Search screen is not case sensitive and at the start of any search the cursor will always be positioned in the Registered / Business number input field.

To help speed up your searching, when entering either a company registered number or Experian's unique unincorporated number (prefixed with UI) the remaining data entry fields will be greyed out, restricting you from completing these fields for the particular search, as sufficient information has been provided to enable the business search. Where input data is entered other than the Registered / Business number, then this field will be greyed out.

Should you input any details incorrectly or want to delete any search criteria, selecting the Reset button in the left-hand panel will clear all data input fields and place the cursor back at the Registered / Business number input field.

Registered / Business number return to top

The registered / business number data input field supports the entry of the limited company registered number or the Experian specific unincorporated number.

The Experian specific unincorporated number is the unique reference number that Experian holds for all non-limited businesses. On a few occasions the limited company registered number and the unincorporated number can be the same number, therefore Experian pre-fixes the unincorporated number with UI (previously UC) to differentiate it from a registered company number. Searching by a registered / business number uniquely identifies a business and therefore takes precedence over all other search criteria.

A full registered / business number should be either 8 or 10 digits in length dependent upon whether it is a registered number or an unincorporated number which is an alpha numeric number prefixed with UI.

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The business name can be either a registered business name, or a trading style of a business. Either the current or previous limited company name can be searched and targeted upon.

The input of a business name alone is sufficient to target a business however, we recommend that additional search criteria are also used, e.g. a postcode, in order to enhance both your chances of targeting the business and prioritising the position the business appears within the business selection list returned.

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The business telephone number can be either a complete telephone number (a complete UK telephone number being 11 digits in length, including the area code) or a partial telephone number (greater than 8 digits). It is recommended that other search criteria are used in combination with the telephone number.

It should be noted that telephone numbers held are the main business telephone numbers, and not direct dial or mobile numbers.

Forward and backward telephone number searching are supported, in order to maximise the flexibility of the search mechanism. For example, if the number 59410888 had been entered and the full telephone number was 01159410888, then all telephone numbers beginning with 0 and all combinations of 0XX59410888 will be searched upon in order to identify matching businesses.

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The business postcode can be used to search for a business either on its own or in combination with other search criteria. If the postcode alone is being used to search for a business then the full postcode should be entered. If the postcode is being used in combination with other search criteria then a partial postcode can be entered in order to enhance targeting and business selection list positioning.

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The business post town can be used in combination with other search criteria to enhance targeting and list positioning.

Search Filters return to top

'Limited only' radio button

By selecting the Limited only radio button, only limited companies will be searched upon. This can be selected where there is certainty about the legal status of the business and will potentially speed up the response of the targeting mechanism.

'Non-limited only' radio button

By selecting the Non-limited only radio button, only non-limited businesses will be searched upon. This can be selected where there is certainty about the legal status of the business and will potentially speed up the response of the targeting mechanism.

'Both' radio button

It is recommended that when undertaking a business search that the 'Both' radio button is selected. 'Both' is the default setting as it may be that a business has recently changed legal status. By selecting 'Both' the search mechanism will identify all businesses fulfilling the search criteria regardless of legal status.

Exclude dissolved companies

Selecting the 'Exclude dissolved companies' tick box, removes all dissolved limited companies from the search.

Exact name match

Selecting the 'Exact name match' tick box will return only matches for the exact details entered for that business.