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Data8 Ltd.

Business Insights

Capture comprehensive company credit reports on over 3.5 million active companies in the UK. The information that can be provided for a company includes, but is not limited to, credit reports including company name & number, credit rating & limit, P&L details, balance sheet details & directors and SIC.


  • Full comprehensive company credit report
  • Full UK and Ireland coverage
  • Includes credit rating and limit, organisational structure, turnover, SIC codes
  • API Integration
  • View a simple graphic indicating a company’s credit rating
  • Identify company subsidiaries within a group structure
  • Identify different trading addresses within a business
  • View a business’s incorporation date and company number


  • Increases the speed and accuracy of data entry
  • Make better business decisions with accurate, up to date financials
  • Control risk and identify dissolved companies
  • Prioritise incoming sales leads and optimise outbound prospecting
  • Flexible pricing options
  • Online dashboard to monitor usage


£0.20 to £0.40 a unit

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

Service documents

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G-Cloud 13

Service ID

7 7 9 3 5 3 0 7 9 2 5 6 5 1 5


Data8 Ltd. Dale Pilling
Telephone: 01513554555

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
Public cloud
Service constraints
There are no specific service constraints
System requirements
  • Standard internet connection
  • Ability to call an external web service

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
All tickets have an automated response acknowledge. During working hours (Monday - Friday 9am - 5:30pm), we provide a guaranteed 2 hour response.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
Web chat
Web chat support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web chat support is accessible
Our web chat is accessible via our website with users required to provide first name, last name and an email address. Users are able to interact with internal staff within Data8 who are knowledge experts within their fields and because our web chat solution integrates with our own CRM system then any conversations can be tracked and linked to cases to ensure end-to-end account and technical support.
Web chat accessibility testing
We have not at this stage completed any specific testing with assistive technology users.
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
We do not charge for any support, except for onsite client visits, full support is included within our cost structures. All our clients benefit from a dedicated Account Management team, within the team dedicated individuals are assigned to pro-actively manage the requirements of our clients. Additional members of our team are also trained to provide the required cover during any holiday and sickness periods.
Our Account Management team communicate effectively with our clients and their responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
• Customer Onboarding and Management of all aspects of any service level agreements
• Working alongside the Technical Team to progress technical requirements effectively
• Dealing with new requests that occur during a contract
• Effectively dealing with any clients queries
• Ensuring all financial aspects are dealt with accurately
• Meeting with clients as required
• Acting as the first point of contact for issue resolution
• Actively obtaining all information from clients which is required to deliver work effectively
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
In order to access the service you will need to register a username and password, these will be used to authenticate the web service requests and will provide access the the admin dashboard.

User Documentation and sample code will be provided to assist with the integration. We also provide pro-active support typically through a combination of email, telephone and online demonstrations. Onsite visits can be carried out but our service is simple to integrate and it is unlikely that this will be required.

A free trial can be provided which gives our clients the opportunity to test the integration within their systems before going live. We fully support all clients during the free trial proving direct access to our specialist Technical Team as and when required.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
We do not store the data as part of our service, so there is no need to extract data when the contract ends.
End-of-contract process
Our contract ends at the point where either the number of credits or the term has expired. Following this the users will no longer have access to the service unless the contract is extended in some way. There are no additional termination fees at the point where the contract ends.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Differences between the mobile and desktop service
We offer full compatibility with mobile devices.
Service interface
User support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 A
What users can and can't do using the API
Users can set up and access the API using a number of different protocols as described in our service definition document. The full functionality, with no limitations, can be accessed through the API. The service can be customised and changes made as detailed in the question below. Free trials of the API can be arranged to enable users to test compatibility and integration.
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
Our service can be customised in many ways


Independence of resources
All applications are run in a load-balanced environment and we constantly monitor the system to ensure there is sufficient capacity, and extend the capacity with additional infrastructure as required. We ensure that our services do not run at a capacity that would enable users to be affected by the demand from other users.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
All our clients benefit from access to a live dashboard, which provides the following: Number of Lookups performed which can be displayed by day, country and display response type Number of Lookups remaining Estimated date of expiry Number of lookups used by day Country they have been used Statistics can easily be downloaded and exported as a .csv to allow implementation in excel etc., or pre-configured reports can be built and sent periodically as agreed which can include additional information such as Authentication Type - Protocol Type - Referrer Domain - API Key - IP Address - Application Name
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Data storage and processing locations
United Kingdom
User control over data storage and processing locations
Datacentre security standards
Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process
Data sanitisation type
Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
User data is not stored as part of this service, so there is no requirement to export data.
Data export formats
Other data export formats
User data is not stored as part of this service
Data import formats
Other data import formats

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
We can provide a Service Level Agreement with guaranteed levels of availability and provide financial recompense if we fail to meet the availability.
Approach to resilience
We use two geographically separated data centres with independent suppliers in an active/active configuration to protect against data centre outage. Each data centre runs a load balanced set of servers to protect against individual server failure
Outage reporting
A public dashboard is available that shows the status for all our sevices. We also offer a service availability API which is included free of charge for all our sevices.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Role-based authorisation restricts access to individual areas of the management interface.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
Between 6 months and 12 months
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
QAS International
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
All our services and associated infrastructure are covered by our ISO/IEC 27001
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
PCI DSS accreditation date
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover
We have level 4 PCI
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
IASME Information Security Standard

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
Data8 recognises that the disciplines of confidentiality, integrity and availability in Information Security Management are integral parts of its management function. The Management of Data8 views these as primary responsibilities and fundamental to the best business practice of adopting appropriate Information Security Controls, along the lines laid down in the BS ISO / IEC 27001:2013 standard.

Data8 have an Information Security Policy which seeks to operate to the highest standards continuously and implements and operates fully BS ISO / IEC 27001:2013 standard, including continual improvement, through registration and annual review. Responsibility for upholding this policy is truly organisation-wide with the guidance and assistance of the Managing Director who encourages the commitment of all staff to address Information Security as part of their skills. All employees undertake Information Security training as part of their induction along with formal training annually in addition to continual on the job training. Regular internal and external audits are undertaken which are reported to the Managing Director.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
All change requirements are tracked and linked to final implementation details such as code changes. Security impact is included as part of the review process before changes are accepted for deployment.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
Vulnerabilities are logged as security incidents and categorised by severity. Patches can be deployed on a continual basis within 30 minutes. Information will come from internal testing and reviews and the technology/infosec media.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Intrusion Detection and Firewall notification reports. Responses may include temporarily disabling a service or blocking a source IP address, typically within 30 minutes.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
We have a documented and enforced policy which complies with ISO/IEC 27001: 2013 standard

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

We see our impact as being quite small as we do not have a physical product or output. However, we seek excellence in every aspect of our business and is committed to minimising the environmental impacts of our business operations.

We minimise travel by our employees as much as possible and we have developed demonstrations for all our products and services so that they can be delivered via an online meeting as opposed to face-to-face meetings. We deliver over 95% of the training and support for our services via online meetings.

We have a flexible working policy and many of our employees work from home on a regular basis reducing travel to and from the office. The Directors of the Company use Electric Vehicles, we also encourage employees to cycle to work and provide access to salary sacrifice schemes such as Cycle to Work schemes.

We have designated recycling bins in the office to ensure everything is recycled where possible. All our communications to clients including invoices, quotes and statements are delivered electronically to minimise printing and where printing is necessary all our printers are configured to print on both sides. We minimise energy in our server centres by utilising low energy Dell Servers. We have plans to reduce our size in the server centres as we move to more cloud-based servers.

We have an environmental policy in place which sets out our objectives and we communicate the importance of environmental issues to our employees on a regular basis and we work together with our employees, service partners, suppliers, landlords and their agents to promote improved environmental performance.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

As we continue to grow, we create employment opportunities within our business, experience is not always essential for many of our roles meaning they can be suitable for those who may have been left unemployed by COVID-19 and need to retrain.

The measures taken because of the Covid-19 pandemic involved initially all staff working from home. The board stressed how essential it was that we all communicated each other on a regular basis and as a result regular calls were arranged for each of our teams which took place at least 3 times a week allowing the team members to share the work they were doing and obtain assistance or guidance from other team members.
To help support the mental health of our employees, alongside this we arranged calls via Teams each week involving the whole company, this was a general catch up and it was made clear that work should not be discussed at these sessions. We also held several social events in the evening including bingo and charades where employees’ partners were invited to and attended, and we carried our fun quizzes on a regular basis during working hours.

We have improved workplace conditions that support the COVID-19 recovery effort in many ways. We introduced effective social distancing on return to the office since the change in government guidance regarding working from home, flexible working arrangements have been agreed for many members of staff allowing them to work from home at certain times.

Face to face client meetings with clients and suppliers have been replaced with online meetings wherever possible to reduce travel and we have carried out a companywide training program for online demonstrations and training for all our services.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Data8 is open to employing a wide and diverse population staff, to consolidate and build upon this diversity, it is essential that equality of opportunity and the absence of unfair discrimination be at the core of all the company’s activities. Data8 recognises the link between equality and quality and do not unfairly discriminate in the recruitment or general treatment of staff based on age, colour, disability, ethnicity, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual identity or belief or any other factor. The company is committed to promoting and developing equality of opportunity in all its functions and its commitment to equality and diversity is communicated to all employees including where responsibility lies for equality issues. Training is provided and we take positive action to redress any imbalances in the workforce and treat acts of discrimination as a disciplinary offence.

The Directors have responsibility for ensuring that the company operates within the legal framework for equality and for implementing the policy throughout the company.

We actively support in work-progression and all our Senior Management Team who head various functions within the business have been internal promotions. Training is offered and we make it clear to employees they can request this at any time. We encourage all employees to learn skills and experience for their role which can include formal qualifications, many of our staff have gained formal qualifications relating to our industry.

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking; all our employees are paid more than the minimum wage and are contracted to work no more than 37.5 hours per week. We expect those in our supply chain and contractors to comply with our values and manage this through our supplier onboarding process.


£0.20 to £0.40 a unit
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
We offer a free trial with full functionality for a period of 30 days with a maximum of 2000 credits.

Service documents

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