- The Search Bar
- Searching by Characteristics
- Example A: Searching by Basic Information
- Example B: Searching by Industry
- Example C: Searching by Size
- N/A - companies which do not report turnover
- Small - min turnover to £6.5M
- Medium - £6.5M - £50M
- Large - £50M - £500M
- XL - £500M - max turnover
- N/A - companies which do not report number of employees
- Small - 0-49 employees
- Medium - 50-199 employees
- Large - 200-999 employees
- XL - 1000+ employees
There are several ways to run a company search on DueDil. You can either begin my searching for a specific company (by name or company number) or you can run a general search that will be narrowed down by characteristic.
The next few steps will showcase how to run a specific search as well as how to find companies based on basic characteristics. You will also see 3 example of how to utilise the Basic Information, Size and Industry filters.
The Search Bar
When you need to check on a specific prospect, customer, or supplier, you can search from the top of your dashboard. Simply click 'Search for a company or director', and enter your search term, then select the right company from the results.
Searching by Characteristics
DueDil allows you to find ideal prospects, partners and suppliers by searching for companies by characteristics. Using the search filters on the Find companies page, you can create lists of prospects, suppliers or partners based on industry, financial characteristics, age and more.
The filters are arranged into eight categories:
The filters can be combined and layered to identify a very specific industry segment. An summary of the filters you've used will be visible at the top of the results, which you can use to help you adjust your filters and results.
You can also sort the order of your results, by clicking the relevant column heading in your results.
For example, if your service is for fast growing tech companies, you could use a combination of industry classification and turnover growth to get a list of prospects. Your results will be sorted by the filter characteristics you have used.
Example A: Searching by Basic Information
The Basic Information category allows you to create a list based on key details.
This filter allows you to type in a whole company name (registered or trading) to find a specific company, or to use parts of a company name (which can sometimes help you to find certain industries or to find a certain type of company like a PLC).
This filter lets you set the country the companies in your list are incorporated in. At present, you can choose from the UK and Ireland.
The company status filter allows you to choose whether companies in your list are actively trading, dormant, or inactive.
By default, company status is set to Active. This includes all companies currently trading.
Intermediate includes companies that are not necessarily actively trading, but haven't been dissolved, like companies in liquidation or receivership. You can select all by ticking the Intermediate box, or select a specific status by clicking the black arrow to expand the selection.
Inactive includes companies that are no longer trading, for example if they have been dissolved or ceased. You can select all by ticking the Inactive box, or select a specific status by clicking the black arrow to expand the selection.
Using this filter, you can set specific dates between which companies in your list were incorporated. You can set your own dates, or use the pre-set suggestions.
Financial Year End
This filter will allow you to segment companies by their financial year end e.g. Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4
You can use this filter to choose which range of ages, in years, your results will be. There are suggested values of:
You can use the website filter to search by part of whole of a web URL to help identify a company for which you have a website, but don't know the registered name. Just start typing to bring up suggestions.
Using this filter you can narrow down the type fo companies you are after e.g. Private, Public, Partnership.
You can use this filter to isolate companies that file dormant company accounts.
This filter will allow you to find companies based on their credit risk rating e.g. Very Low, Low, Moderate or High.
You can also filter by 'Not Rated', this may indicate that: the company's financial statements are too old; the company has an intermediate or inactive status; the company is non-trading; the company is dormant.
This filter will allow you to identify companies with satisfied or outstanding debentures and charges. Customers will have the ability to refine them by specific dates and specific lenders.
Example B: Searching by Industry
There are two different ways to filter by industry on DueDil. They can be used alone or in combination to create broad or specific industry segments.
SIC codes are official industry classifications used by Companies House, the Company Registration Office and the Office of National Statistics. Companies need to file an SIC code with the relevant registration body. They were defined in 2003 and again in 2007; you can use both years to search.
SIC codes are particularly useful for creating broad industry segments, and finding traditional industries like manufacturing, or legal professions. They are less useful for finding very niche segments, or newer industries like cloud services or financial technology.
To search by SIC code, navigate to the Industry category and pick the 2003 or 2007 option. You can then start typing the numerical code or relevant words and pick a code from the suggested results. To add multiple SIC codes, keep typing after you have selected your first result.
Industry keywords are unique to DueDil, and are generated by scanning company websites and descriptions of their products and services, and extracting key descriptive words. They are particularly useful for finding very specific industry segments, and for searching for newer industries.
You can use them in two ways. Use the 'All' option to find companies that match every one of the keywords you have selected. Use the 'Any' option to find companies that match one or more of the keywords you have selected.
The 'All' option helps to narrow down your results and make them more specific. The 'Any' option helps to widen your search.
To search by keyword, navigate to the Industry category and pick Industry Keywords. You can then start typing words and phrases and start adding in suggested keywords. Keep typing after you have selected your first result to add multiple keywords quickly.
Optimising your industry searching
You can use SIC codes and keywords together, to affect the size and specificity of your results.
Layering specific keywords over an SIC code can be a good way to create a very specific and reliable list. For example, to find human rights lawyers, you could use the SIC 2007 code for legal activities and the keyword 'human rights'.
For further advice on how to optimise your industry searching, please feel free to contact your customer success manager.
Example C: Searching by Size
There are many different ways to define company size, often either number of employees, or a financial metric like turnover or net assets. On the Find companies page, we have provided a range of filters to help you tailor your search to how your company defines size.
To search by size, select the size filter category, select the relevant filters, and adjust the range.
Smaller companies do not have to file figures like turnover or employee numbers. For these filters you will be able to choose whether to include or exclude companies who haven't reported that figure. If you don't want to, you can use an alternative figure like EBITDA, a measure of performance, or net assets, a measure of a company's property.
In our List Reports, DueDil defines size through both turnover and number of employees.