The Government is asking bookkeepers for their views on the information available on the Companies House register.

Recent legislation has given Companies House far more responsibility for checking the validity and eligibility of people setting up a business in the UKThis is good for the UK and, ultimately, for all bookkeepers, because it is designed to stop criminalityBut does this new and enhanced service fulfil all the requirements of bookkeepers? This survey, being run by The Department for Business & Trade (DBT), is looking at how the current system is used and what users like you think of the new system that is being proposed 

It is vital that bookkeepers are represented. 

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) and Companies House are carrying out research to understand how firms who are subject to the UK Government Money Laundering Regulations use the data and information from the Companies House register, and what you think of the new system that is being proposed. 

The survey is specifically for Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLRO) and compliance officers from Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulated firms. 

Those who take part will be asked questions about how they use Companies House data and information in their due diligence and AML-compliance activities. The survey takesjust 10 – 15 minutes to complete and there is also the chance toenter a prize draw to win an Apple iPad Pro. All results are anonymous.  



Garry Carter, Co-Founder and President of ICB is keen for bookkeepers to share their views. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for bookkeepers to make their voices heard and make a real impact on Government reforms. Please take time to complete the whole questionnaire in as much detail as you can. We need to demonstrate how bookkeepers interact with Companies House and the vital role that bookkeepers play in small businesses. The bigger response the from ICB bookkeepers, the more say we shall have in the future of this vital source of information and in your future as a professional.” 

 For any questions on the research, please contact transparencyandtrust@businessandtrade.gov.uk.