From website to company – e.g. ClickandBuy
You want to find the company behind a website. Sometimes there will be an “About us” page – often there will be a footer at the bottom of the pages – and any ‘terms and conditions’ can also be useful.
What you are looking for is the official name of the company, and ideally a company registration number.
For our example www.clickandbuy.com the “About us” page includes a footer that mentions “ClickandBuy International Limited is authorised by the Financial Services Authority” and the terms and conditions include
the Service, is operated by ClickandBuy International Ltd (“Us” / “We” / “Our“), a company registered in England with company number 5661160
This means that we can check a UK company database:
- How to Research UK Company Data (posted June 2102)
For a non-UK company there is Orbis:
- Fame and Orbis for company identification (posted June 2012)
For quoted (public) companies there are additional options:
- Researching a global company using Bloomberg (posted Nov 2012)
- Researching a UK company – reports and data (posted Oct 2012)
- Company Financial Analysis (global companies) (posted Oct 2011)
For going from company to website, databases Fame and Orbis include a website variable.
You can try using the website name as a search variable in Fame, but the legal structure of companies can be complex. For example, search for “pizzaexpress.com” will give several results. The global ultimate owner (GUO) is GONDOLA INVESTMENTS LIMITED PARTNERSHIP INCORPORATED is whose subsidiaries PIZZAEXPRESS HOLDINGS LIMITED is the direct owner of PIZZAEXPRESS (FRANCHISES) LIMITED and PIZZAEXPRESS LIMITED is the direct owner of PIZZAEXPRESS (RESTAURANTS) LIMITED. [Fame database accesses 26 March 2013]