Company Directors – What they do and how to find information on them

Completing Searches on Company Directors

All UK limited companies have at least one person acting in the company director role. In this post, we’re going to look at what this position entails and explain how we can help you find background information on these company directors – for free.

First off, let’s clarify that company directors are not necessarily the owners of the company, it’s actually shareholders who own the company. However, directors can also be shareholders.

So if they don’t always own the company, what does a director do?

The short answer is that they run the company or oversee the running of the company. According to this official outline of director duties, if you are a company director you should:

  • try to make the company a success, using your skills, experience and judgment
  • follow the company’s rules, shown in its articles of association
  • make decisions for the benefit of the company, not yourself
  • tell other shareholders if you might personally benefit from a transaction the company makes
  • keep company records and report changes to Companies House and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • make sure the company’s accounts are a ‘true and fair view’ of the business’ finances
  • file your accounts with Companies House and your Company Tax Return with HMRC pay Corporation Tax
  • register for Self Assessment and send a personal Self Assessment tax return every year – unless it’s a non-profit organisation (eg a charity) and you didn’t get any pay or benefits, like a company car
  • You can hire other people to manage some of these things day-to-day (eg an accountant) but you’re still legally responsible for your company’s records, accounts and performance.

We can help you find background information on UK company directors for free

This can prove useful when researching potential customers, suppliers, employees and partners.

We can provide the following:

  • Director’s name (obviously)
  • Date of birth
  • Director ID
  • Nationality
  • Service (official) address
  • Period since first director appointment
  • Number of directorships held (and these companies named)
  • Number of previous directorships (and these companies named)

It’s also possible for another company to act as a director – this is known as a corporate appointment (although as we mentioned, at least one person must be acting as the director also). We can provide the same information for corporate appointments minus the date of birth.

To look for director information visit Company Search MadeSimple, select the “UK Director” option, enter the director’s name and then select “Search”. You’ll then be presented with a list of directors who match that name. Simply click on the correct result and the information will follow.

Start your search for UK director information now.

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Mathew Aitken

is Head of Content at at Made Simple Group. This entails overseeing Made Simple Group's blogs (five in all!) and any other content we happen to be producing. In his spare time Mathew is an avid film-goer, TV-watcher and Tottenham Hotspur-endurer.

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