Last week, OpenCorporates published Fireflies and Algorithms: The Coming Explosion of Companies. We initially had some qualms about writing the piece. Would it accelerate a move towards a future where companies can come into existence for brief periods of time, like fireflies in the night, and then disappear? In the end we saw enough pointers … Continue reading Fireflies and Algorithms: Reading List
Hot off the press: OpenCorporates has published a new long read exploring how the rise of new technologies will massively the world of company formation, and with it the very nature of companies.
Last week, it emerged the board of directors of Patisserie Holdings PLC (the parent company behind Patisserie Valerie) had become aware that it’s principal subsidiary Stonebeach Limited is subject to a Petition to Wind Up from HMRC, to the value of £1.14m.
This summer, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) authored a draft bill to create a register of beneficial owners for overseas entities that own land in the UK. As part of our work advocating for more open company data, OpenCorporates responded to the public consultation on the draft legislation. A brief summary, and our full response, is available below.
In case you missed it, this weekend the Financial Times featured OpenCorporates in Gillian Tett’s Parting Shot. The column examines both why we need to untangle the hidden corporate landscape, and the important role OpenCorporates (and other civic tech organisations) are playing in the fight for greater transparency. Read the article in full here.
Three months ago, and with very little fanfare, the EU announced a call for feedback on a proposal to amend the company law directive regarding digital tools and processes. This may sound very dry and technical, and in some ways it is. It’s also an opportunity to truly up European company data, and in the process...
At OpenCorporates, our mission is simple: Make company data more accessible, more usable, more useful for the public benefit. Most of OpenCorporates’ enviable reputation has come from the transparency and the quality of our data, but we, and our users (journalists, NGOs, law enforcement, banks, AML and due diligence professionals, etc) love to see the number of companies we have increasing.