Companies, directors and shareholders

Companies House registry of company information for England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Companies House BETA service is designed to be easier to use than the service it will replace.


Biographical sources

Check out libraries for free access to KnowUK and Credo Reference (formerly xreferplus)

Debrett’s People of Today Biographical guide to contemporary Britain, is available as a book, CD and online, with over 25,000 biographical entries

Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage provides details of the Peerage of the United Kingdom

Who’s Who Book and online versions, with over 32,000 short biographies – check out libraries for free access

Who’s Who in the City Book with over 17,500 key decision makers. Last published in 2011.

Who’s Who in European Mergers & Acquisitions Book and CD with over 8,500 merger & acquisititon executives and an
A to Z of firms arranged alphabetically by country

Who’s Who in Charities Book with over 50,000 biographies of the people who have shaped today’s charity world. Last published in 2011.

City of London Directory & Livery Company Guide
Details of Livery company membership, small Who’s Who in the City section


The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
Covers over 2,500 grant-making trusts

The Grant-making Trusts CD-ROM
4,000+ trusts as listed in the Directory of Grant Making Trusts, the three Guides to the Major Trusts and, the four Guides to Local Trusts, A Guide to Scottish Trusts and the Welsh Funding Guide. contains all the same data as the Grant-making Trusts CD-ROM, but updated throughout the year. Subscribers are sent e-mails alerting them when updates are made.
A Guide to the Major Trusts – volumes 1 and 2

More detailed entries on some of the trusts listed in The Directory of Grant Making Trusts, etc.

The Welsh Funding Guide
Charitable giving in Wales

A Guide to Scottish Trusts:
Trust giving in Scotland

A Guide to Local Trusts:
Greater London; South of England; North of England; Midlands

Dresdner RCM Top 3000 Charities
Guide to the latest financial results of the top 3,000 charities available in book and CD formats.

Martin Currie Top 1000 Charities in Scotland
Guide to the top charities in Scotland, available in book and CD formats

UK Top 10,000 Charities CD-ROM
Database of the UK’s top 10,000 charities with search capacity for analysis of the charity sector


Corporate Register
Book and CD with information on “2,000+ UK quoted companies, 14,000+ executive and non-executive directors and over 1,800 professional advisers”. No longer available.

Hollis Sponsorship & Donations Yearbook
This book details “over 1,000 top UK companies which use sponsorship as part of their marketing strategies, or provide donations as part of their corporate citizen policies”

Guide to UK Company Giving
Includes details of over 500 companies in the UK

The CD-ROM Company Giving Guide
Includes details of over 500 companies in the UK

Finding Company Sponsors

Welsh Funding Guide
Charitable giving in Wales

Business in the Community
700 member companies, with a further 1600 participating in programmes and campaigns

Some useful email discussion groups, forums, etc:

Researchers Prospect Research UK in development and fundraising roles in the UK, or anyone researching UK prospects

The Trusts and Statutory Fundraising Special Interest Group
Institute of Fundraising’s Corporate Fundraising special interest group
Major Gifts Special Interest Group