– Aligned Assets, specialists in gazetteer and address management, have made a database of all UK businesses available to local authorities and the emergency services.
The business names database can be used for a variety of functions to better serve the public through improved delivery of council services and enhanced emergency response to business addresses.
With the database matched to the Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase Premium, as well as being the most up to date source of business names data currently available in the UK, it will contain UPRNs (unique property reference numbers) and be easily compatible with existing sources of public sector address data.
“Because businesses change so frequently, it has always been difficult for either local authorities or the emergency services to maintain up to date records,” explained Andy Hird, managing director of Aligned Assets.
“Our database is kept up to date by a call centre of 65 people, whose sole job it is to call businesses to confirm and update details. In addition to the call centre, data is also sourced from and validated against Companies House, through online submissions, direct from clients and businesses, plus an online feedback facility with both Bing and the BT Phonebook.”
Local authorities and the emergency services have access to accurate and consistent address data via Local Land and Property Gazetteers and AddressBase Premium. Addresses are relatively static, but the ‘sign above the door’ can change on a very regular basis. It is this ‘on the ground reality’ that can be so critically important and exactly what Aligned Assets are looking to supply.
“In order to ensure that accuracy is retained, the data will be supplied with monthly updates,” continued Hird, “and we will also be supplying business classifications and SIC Codes to enhance the value of the data.”
Aligned Assets will be holding a series of webinars to provide more information on the business names database. For more details, visit www.aligned-assets.co.uk/businessnames
ABOUT ALIGNED ASSETS Aligned Assets are an industry leader in gazetteer and address management solutions. They supply software across the public and private sectors including over 100 Local Authorities, Fire & Rescue Services and Police Forces. In addition to software and data solutions, they offer a complete range of consultancy, training, bespoke development and project management.