Experian Commercial Credit Management with Business IQ

BusinessIQ is a clearly defined approach to managing commercial credit through one interface. Access Experian’s data covering businesses worldwide, displayed in clear dashboard views so you can easily pinpoint areas of risk and opportunity. Risk-averse approach to data management


  • Access Experian’s limited company, non-limited or sole trader credit reports
  • Combines business and consumer data for high quality, reliable information
  • Customisable alerts to monitor individual, groups, or portfolios of businesses
  • Easily understand credit risk for businesses outside of the UK
  • Easily embed your credit policy
  • Access Experian’s unique business, director, consumer and payment history data
  • Categorise individual, groups or whole segments of risk
  • Easy to understand views of your entire portfolio
  • Onboard Processing via an API
  • International credit reporting and alerting facilities


  • Understanding where risk lies
  • Know which customers to extend credit to and how much
  • Be informed when customers/suppliers have a change of circumstance
  • Find out who ultimately owns the business
  • Identify which customer/supplier might go out of business
  • Establish where staff should focus their time
  • Limit the threat of fraud
  • On-board the right customers/suppliers quickly
  • Assist with your auditing requirements
  • Risk-averse approach to data management


£1.49 to £10.00 a unit

  • Free trial available

Service documents

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Service ID

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Experian Experian Public Sector
Telephone: +44 (0) 115 941 0888
Email: digitalmarketplace@experian.com

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
Cloud deployment model
Private cloud
Service constraints
Experian's databases are updated on a daily basis to ensure our information is current and accurate. Whilst updates take place, our databases are taken offline.

Online database access for UK and European Reports
Monday - Saturday: 06:00 – 23:59
Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00 (3:4)
Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00 (1:4)

Online database access for US Reports
Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 23:59
Saturday: 12:00 – 23:59
Sunday: 15:00 - 18:00
Maintenance: Sunday evening from 21:00 to 23:59, except for one Sunday per month when Experian reserve the right to use an extended maintenance window from 18:00 to 23:59.
System requirements
  • Default browser settings with cookies and JavaScript enabled,
  • Pop-up block disabled, network settings allow access to https websites
  • Memory: 1 GM RAM, 1 GB of free hard disk
  • Flash
  • Plug in Requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader v7.X and above

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
To manage our client services effectively, and in line with ITIL best practices Experian have
defined Service Levels across all core processes (incl. Incident, Service Request, Problem,
Change Management etc). Our Tiered Service Framework allows us to provide differing levels
of service and support offerings to meet our client’s needs. The Service Tier selected will define
the SLAs we work to. Engagement via a SPOC our Experian Service Desk will ensure all
interactions are recorded and assessed against impact and severity before being assigned a
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Phone support
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), 7 days a week
Web chat support
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Standard support is 09:00 - 17:00, enhanced packages offer up to 24/7 support availability, Enhanced support costs are determined by the user requirements.
Support available to third parties

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Once an agreement is in place, Experian will send access details to relevant users. The users can start accessing the product and use the online help ('Resources') if required. Experian can also arrange for onsite training should it be required.
Finally, there are webinars help roughly every two weeks that users can register for.
Service documentation
Documentation formats
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
  • Excel
  • Swagger
End-of-contract data extraction
BusinessIQ has storage and reporting facilities within the product. Users can extract (with relevant user permissions) information in to .CSV files.
End-of-contract process
Access to and use of the service to a defined period is included in the price. At the end of the contract, should no renewal be agreed, the user(s) will no longer be able to access the service.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Supported browsers
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Chrome
Application to install
Designed for use on mobile devices
Service interface
User support accessibility
None or don’t know
What users can and can't do using the API
Of the four modules in BusinessIQ, one module, DecisionIQ can be accessed via an API.
The API is available in JSON format.
For more details on integrating the API, please speak to the Experian contact.
API documentation
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • Other
API sandbox or test environment
Customisation available
Description of customisation
There are four modules available, each is optional.
Within the modules there are optional services (e.g. Business Reports module and access to International Reports).
A client can also configure different access within their chosen service, providing varying levels of access/permission to different users within their organisation.


Independence of resources
Experian work to a best practice delivery approach which ensures that proposals that mature into solutions are reviewed with sufficient governance and are assessed and approved in the context of; Service Design, Security, Service Support, Solution Design Authority; Service Acceptance; Capacity & Demand.


Service usage metrics
Metrics types
BusinessIQ has an integrated Report Manager logging and storing reports purchased for a year.
Reporting types
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports


Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance

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
Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
‘IT Health Check’ performed by a Tigerscheme qualified provider or a CREST-approved service provider
Protecting data at rest
Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
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
A number of areas within the online solution allow users to export data in .CSV format.
Data export formats
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
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
99% per month
Approach to resilience
Experian is not only committed to ensuring that our staff are prepared; our third parties and outsourcing suppliers are required to meet the same standards and controls. Our approach is in line with industry best practice and includes the following considerations;
• Business Impact Analysis
• Business Continuity Planning
• Crisis Management.
• Notification & Escalation
• The Global Risk Management process
• Disaster Recovery Services
• Recovery Work Area
Outage reporting
Internal monitoring and alerting in place which is managed 24 x 7.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Experian works on a policy of least required access. Access to all management systems requires appropriate approvals and is subject to automatic quarterly reviews and audit.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
At least 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
DNV GL Business Assurance Limited
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
Everything is covered
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification
Trust Wave
PCI DSS accreditation date
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover
Experian (UK&I) maintains a complex PCI data environment which includes both service provider elements and Merchant payment processing activities. As of October 2010, this has resulted in Experian being classified as a Level 1 PCI DSS Service Provider and also compliant for the Merchant services it performs.

Experian has contracted with Trustwave to perform a Payment Card Industry (PCI) assessment to determine the compliance of their facilities with major Card Companies’ published PCI security guidelines and requirements.

As a result of this assessment, Experian UK&I achieved COMPLIANT status with the PCI DSS security requirements and have successfully recertified in line with requirements
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications
Any other security certifications
Cyber Essentials Certification

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Security governance certified
Security governance standards
ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes
Experian have a comprehensive global security policy based on the ISO27001 standard which covers: Organisation and Management, information security, asset classification, physical and environmental security, communications and operations management, system access, systems development and maintenance, compliance, personnel and provisioning, business continuity management, third party management. The policy is owned by Experian's executive risk management committee which is an executive level body, and which assumes ultimate responsibility for Experian's risk position. Information security is a key component of the risk management framework. Experian management supports security through leadership statements, actions and endorsement of the security policy and implementing/improving the controls specified in the policy. The policy is available to all Experian employees and contractors on the intranet. Changes to the policy are announced on the company's intranet computer based information security and data protection training, and this is repeated on at least an annual basis. Compliance to policy is overseen by internal audit.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Configuration and change management approach
Experian have a change management policy which is underpinned by processes and procedures based on ITIL best practice. This is a mature process. We use a service management tool that integrates change management, incident management, problem management, configuration management and knowledge management. Our change management policy, processes, and procedures are regularly audited by independent auditors. Formal risk analysis is employed using an approved information risk analysis phase for developments/changes. Security requirements for the system are identified and continue to be considered throughout the life of the product
Vulnerability management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach
Servers and PCs are built to a documented secure standard, which includes anti-virus and malware defences. Information assets have a defined patching schedule, determined by the system's criticality and the level of threat the patch is mitigating. Experian actively monitors threat environment and checks the effectiveness of security controls by reviewing both free and paid for sources of threat information, including, public information, major vendor feeds and also receiving information from specialist closed group mailing lists. The overall process is also plugged into an automated patch and fix strategy, underpinned with a technology infrastructure to deliver corrective updates.
Protective monitoring type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach
Monitoring processes and tools are in place to manage alarms generated by security related alerts and these are fed into the incident management process. Experian has a formally documented risk based incident management process to respond to security violations, unusual or suspicious events and incidents. In the event an incident occurs a team of experts from all relevant areas of Experian are gathered to form an incident response team, who manage activities until resolution. The incident response team are available 24/7 to resolve any incident. Out of core hours the dedicated incident hotline is routed to the command centre.
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
The incident management process incorporates a number of participants and contributors, including: Global Security Office - who facilitate and coordinate activities under the business security coordinator's guidance; Business Security Coordinator - a representative of the impacted business area, responsible for coordinating resolution activities; Incident Response Team (IRT) - IRT is made up of a membership that are empowered to make key decisions surrounding the actions to be taken to reduce impact, control actions, and impose corrective activities. A client report would be created, including: high level overview; facts; overview of events; actions taken.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

As an information services business, we have a relatively small environmental footprint compared to many other industries. The biggest impact from our controlled operations relates to greenhouse gas emissions from energy used to power, heat and cool our buildings and data centres, and from business travel (pre-Covid-19). Every year we reduce our carbon footprint, yet we want to take it further and accelerate our response to the climate change challenge
We’ve started our journey to becoming carbon neutral. Our global Corporate Responsibility team is engaging with various teams across the organisation to discuss carbon reduction initiatives and get a good understanding of what’s needed to achieve our target by 2030. This will allow us to develop a detailed Carbon Neutral Plan, including initiatives, targets, costings and timeframes, for agreement by end of November.
In March 2021, Experian became an official supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). We are committed to aligning our corporate reporting with the TCFD recommendations and early reporting on the majority of its requirements before it becomes mandatory for us in FY22.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

We have focused on supporting our people, clients and consumers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, using data as a force for good, helping to navigate the crisis.
We quickly transitioned the majority of our employees to work from home. We introduced flexible working and increased collaboration tools and support networks, such as mindfulness programmes, to help our people navigate the challenges of home working. Webinars and senior leadership vlogs helped us connect. Our employees around the world have shown incredible resilience, commitment and flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic and this is reflected in our results.
We maintained operational capacity throughout the pandemic, we have kept the health and safety of our employees as the primary consideration of our pandemic response. Most of our employees are still working remotely. An effort is underway to determine our strategy for work arrangements in the future. We expect this to be guided by a consistent global framework and principles, with local flexibility around the approach to account for legal and cultural nuances.
We continue to take industry-leading positions designed to protect and educate consumers, as well as to promote the responsible reporting of data, with appropriate safeguards, in order to help the economic recovery from the crisis.
Tackling economic inequality

Tackling economic inequality

Tackling Economic Inequality
We help millions of people and businesses around the world get fair and affordable access to essential services and we work hard to make sure our business has a positive impact on the world, never a negative one. Our responsibilities – to people, society and the environment – guide everything we do.
By collecting and analysing data, we help people and businesses build up a financial track record and gain access to essential, everyday services that have previously been out of reach. We’re also pioneering the use of alternative data, such as rental or utility payments, to help people with limited financial history build up and strengthen their credit profiles.
Our people’s talents and our business resources go beyond the workplace. We encourage our people to use their skills to benefit society: many volunteer their time and skills to support their communities and improve financial education.
We also help our people support local groups and charities by matching funding and giving donations.
At Experian we realise relationships with all our stakeholders are key to our success and sustainable business growth. We also recognise that we have an impact on and responsibilities for the society we trade within. We consider these responsibilities carefully and aim to have a positive impact wherever we can.
Experian has developed a set of CR principles, endorsed by our Management Committee, to guide and enhance the way we work with our customers (both clients and individual consumers), colleagues, suppliers and communities. As a company, we are committed to working by these principles and will regularly benchmark and assess our progress in each area and report through our parent company.
Please see a copy of Experian’s supply chain principles on the following link: https://www.experian.com/corporate/code-of-business-conduct
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Each and every one of our people deserves to feel valued, represented, and that they belong at Experian. We have over 30 employee-led groups globally that play a huge part in creating inclusion and advocating on behalf of our people. These groups are not only a safe space for anyone who needs it, but also drive change and build awareness across Experian, raising the standard for everyone.
Experian are registered as ‘Disability Confident’ and are currently undertaking an assessment with the Business Disability Forum. Our top 3 areas for focus this year is in learning & development, communications and technology. Our ambition is to remove barriers for all employees with disabilities at Experian.
Experian recognises that equal opportunities are fundamental to the Company’s success and is committed to encouraging a working climate that respects and promotes equality. There is a publicised Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy which sets out the Company and employee responsibilities for ensuring equality and embedding a culture and working environment that actively safeguards against discrimination and unfavourable treatment of people in all aspects of employment including recruitment, promotion and training opportunities. There is also a Dignity at Work policy which sets out Experian’s commitment to creating a work environment free of harassment and bullying, ensuring everyone is treated with dignity and respect. All of the policies are compliant with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the relevant clauses of the HRA.
More information can be found in Experian’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report 2021 here: https://www.experianplc.com/investors/reports/


Since the pandemic we have increased our focus on the health and well-being of our teams across the world. We quickly implemented regular pulse surveys so we could respond rapidly and ensure the right support was available. We emphasised mental health, reflecting the challenges people faced while working remotely. A response to the statement ‘I am feeling physically and mentally well’ was 75% favourable on average across five pulse surveys we ran during the year. We put in place a range of initiatives to support our teams, for example #ReachOut, which gave all employees access to resources to support their physical and mental health whenever they needed it.
Experian has an important role to play in helping everyone through these uncertain times. We recognise the significance of the role we play in the UK economy and we are committed to ensuring that our data services are being used to help, protecting vulnerable people, businesses and communities.
At Experian, we work to create a better tomorrow for consumers, for businesses, and for our communities. This ambition underpins our plans for our people – to ensure we have the best people, working in a high-performing and inclusive environment where they feel they can do their best work in support of our vision.
We help millions of people gain access to essential, everyday services by helping them make the most of their data by Improving financial identities and access to credit, providing credit and financial education and tackling unmanageable debt among vulnerable groups. We define our responsibility as playing an active part in social and economic regeneration in our communities, at a local, national and global level. And we have many motivations for this engagement.


£1.49 to £10.00 a unit
Discount for educational organisations
Free trial available
Description of free trial
Up to 50 free UK credit reports with 2 weeks access.

Service documents

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