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Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design Holds the archives of many firms engaged in the manufacture and sale of furniture, textiles, precious metal wares and other areas in which design plays a prominent role. Registration of companies in Scotland began in with the creation of the post of Registrar of Companies in Edinburgh. Great news - we're listening to our customers and making changes. A company's file is updated with changes of company names and registered addresses until it is officially dissolved. UK blogs use cookies to make the site simpler.

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The main records are the files kept for each registered company since A company's file usually contains the following documents:. A company's file is updated with changes of company names and registered addresses until it is officially dissolved. On dissolution, the file is closed and is held by Companies House for a period of 20 years. We usually receive a yearly deposit of dissolved company files. For example, in , we received the files of all Scottish registered companies dissolved in Many are out-stored and require one full working day's notice to be produced so please contact us in advance of a visit to check the location of files to be viewed.

All files are fully open to public inspection. You can also search for files by the year they were dissolved by entering a date range in the dates from and dates to boxes. Up to the end of all dissolved company files are in the original paper format. In Companies House started to copy files onto microfiche, and from onwards most files are seen in the microfiche version. For companies dissolved between and the reference numbers consist of: For companies dissolved after the reference numbers consist of: A secondary source of information is the Registers of Companies which are found in the Board of Trade series reference BT1.

The Archives Network Wales ANW is an online index to archival collections held by record offices, universities, museums and libraries in Wales. The ANW provides information and descriptions of collections only including; corporate papers and business archives, personal papers and diaries of prominent literary, artistic, political or other figures living and dead , estate archives, council, academic and church records.

It is possible to search and browse these collections by person, place, subject, or repository — however, it does not provide access to online materials.

Founded in , the objectives of the Council are to promote the preservation of business records of historical importance; supply advice and information on the administration and management of both archives and modern records and to encourage interest in the history of business in Britain. BHE is an online bibliography on the history of specific businesses and industries in the UK.

The British Library has one of the most comprehensive collections of current and historical business information sources in the UK. It has long runs of company, trade and business directories and has actively collected published market research reports since the late s some earlier reports may also be found. A large collection of company annual reports is also held.

For enquiries you can Ask the Reference Team in the first instance and your question will be forwarded to collection specialists as appropriate. Holds information concerning live companies registered in England and Wales and brief details concerning dissolved ones.

Although there are separate registers for Scotland and Northern Ireland this information is consolidated on their online database. References to assist in tracing statutory documents deposited in The National Archives are also available from Companies House.

It is important to know the exact legal name of the company concerned. A constantly updated online resource for company information in the area of industry and manufacturing in Britain since the Industrial Revolution. Described as the open database of the corporate world, Open Corporates offers the possibility of searching for over 50 million companies in 65 jurisdictions.

The Scottish Archive Network allows online searching of over 20, collections in 52 Scottish repositories. For quick pointers Tuesday to Saturday Discovery is a catalogue of archival records across the UK and beyond, from which you can search 32 million records. Patented textile pattern by Christopher Dresser. All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3. Skip to Main Content. Search our website Search our records.

How to look for Company and business history records held by other archives Contents 1. Why use this guide? Searching for records 3. Records recently collected by other archives 4. Other useful resources and catalogues 6. Major collections The following list includes some of the repositories and institutions that hold major collections relating to business history. British Library, Sound Archive The National Sound Archive holds a growing collection of oral history records of participants in a variety of industries, most recently steel, financial services and the oil industry.

Dundee University Archives Many collections relating to business in Scotland, especially engineering and textiles. Glasgow University Archives Services The principal centre for business records in Scotland, with particularly strong holdings for industry in the West of Scotland.

Museum of English Rural Life The Centre collects the records of farms, agricultural engineers and ancillary industries on a national basis. National Maritime Museum, Manuscripts Section Holds the records of numerous shipping and shipbuilding companies.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Archive of Art and Design Holds the archives of many firms engaged in the manufacture and sale of furniture, textiles, precious metal wares and other areas in which design plays a prominent role.

Warwick University Modern Records Centre Specialises in collections relating to the history of industrial relations. Other useful resources and catalogues Archives in London and the M25 area AIM25 AIM25 is a major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over 50 higher education institutions and learned societies within the greater London area. Business Archives Council Founded in , the objectives of the Council are to promote the preservation of business records of historical importance; supply advice and information on the administration and management of both archives and modern records and to encourage interest in the history of business in Britain.

The British Library The British Library has one of the most comprehensive collections of current and historical business information sources in the UK. Companies House Holds information concerning live companies registered in England and Wales and brief details concerning dissolved ones.

Open Corporates Described as the open database of the corporate world, Open Corporates offers the possibility of searching for over 50 million companies in 65 jurisdictions.

Published annually since this deals with publicly quoted companies and gives an outline of their history and functions, though the details tend to be concise and formal Register of Defunct and Other Companies. Published annually this was a cumulative publication dealing with those companies removed from The Stock Exchange Official Year-Book. It gives only the barest details such as dates of registration and liquidation.

The last year in which the company was listed is given. The best single volume business directory with coverage of over 82, businesses.

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