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Companies House documents can now be bought on data platform Duedil.

The platform today announced that it has made all documents filed with Companies House in the UK and the Companies Registration Office in Ireland available, which equates to more than 100 million documents.

Access to each document costs £1, the same as if bought on the Companies House site, but Duedil promises to deliver the information faster with users able to store records permanently.

For journalists this provides an alternative and faster way of accessing information and financial reports on companies, including annual accounts, annual returns, new incorporations and director appointments.

A limited number of Companies House documents were previously available for free on Duedil, but they were not always the most up-to-date documents. "This wasn't acceptable so was something we looked to improve," Damian Kimmelman, chief executive and founder of Duedil told Journalism.co.uk.

Duedil continues to provide free access to data on the platform, including financial information and directorships, with users able to explore links between people and companies. For example, the screenshot below shows some of the information available free of charge about News International.

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In an email to users, Kimmelman says today's move means people can access the same documents on Duedil as they can via Companies House, "but the experience couldn't be more different".

"Not only will you have access to the latest documents with dynamic updates, but our service offers more than 100 million documents dating back over a century, with all your purchases permanently stored for use whenever you need them."

Kimmelman – who said at the news:rewired digital journalism conference in July that he had refused a £20 million acquisition offer for the London-based firm – explains in the email how three years ago he needed to purchase a document from Companies House.

He said it took him "more than 15 clicks" to buy a single document, he had to wait 30 minutes before he could access it, and that the file was then only available for four days.

He said that the move by Duedil announced today changes that, speeding up the process and permanently storing the documents.

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