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Append Data
Data Append Services

Enhance Your Business Data

Need to analyse trends in your customers? Need SIC codes for official documentation? Need contact information added to an existing business list? Our append services can help you.

Higher match rates

We use our own software Unity to perform all of our data enhancement and matching. Unity is used by many other data companies, but as we wrote the software we know how to drive it best and achieve the best matching/data appending results.

One step beyond

We also use other tools we have created to supplement our data appending, for example AutoSIC is our own tool for adding SIC codes to data just based on the company name.
If you were to scan down a list of company names, you would be able to tell what many of them do just from the name, for example with ‘Franks Butchers’ and ‘The Butchers Arms’, our software would know that one of these is a butcher and the other is a pub.


Some of the elements we can add:
   o SIC code and description
   o Employee size band
   o Telephone numbers
   o Senior Contacts
   o Website
   o VAT numbers
   o Companies House registration numbers

SIC coding
Our forte is SIC coding, our average SIC coding success rate is 99% of the businesses in any database when using our automated solution followed by manual research.

Manual Data Cleansing

Our dedicated team of manual data boffins are on hand to clean, categorise, enhance & check data. we'll go that extra mile to improve the quality of your data.

If you have a bespoke manual data requirement drop us a line and we'll see what we can do to help! Don't worry it doesn't have to be a business data enquiry we clean all sorts of data. 


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Buy Business Lists

Purchase Business lists

There are 2.9 million businesses in the UK that pay VAT or are on the PAYE system. Our database tries to include as many of these businesses as possible plus many Small Office/Home Office (SoHo) businesses.

Competitive prices

Our data starts at £140+VAT per thousand records with discounts for bulk purchases. You can refine the list you purchase by industry, size and region. We offer free samples of our data so you can assess the quality before making your purchase.

Oblong is a data owner

We formed in 2006 providing 3rd party data and SIC coding services, we soon started to build our own UK business universe consisting of companies that we'd manually SIC coded. In later years we started researching business size information and more recently we've started adding telephone numbers, website addresses, generic email addresses and more. We are now constantly researching our business universe making thousands of checks/changes per day. Our aim is to keep building our database until we have high quality information on 2 million plus businesses.

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Market Analysis

Market Analysis

There are 2.9 million businesses that are either VAT registered or part of the PAYE scheme. No private company, including us, has a database with details of all of these UK businesses, but we can get very close!

We take headline universe information from the government as to how many businesses there are by industry, region etc and combine this with detailed information on all the business sites we actually know of to create a very detailed weighted business universe. So when you add up the weighted values of all of the businesses in our database you get 2.9 million. This weighted business universe is as close to an actual snapshot of all UK businesses as you can get in the private sector.

We can then use our weighted universe to drill down to find out for example how many pubs there are likely to be in a town as opposed to just those we know of.

We hold this information going back several years so market trends can be analysed.

Our weighted business universe is available for purchase, contact us for more information.

 We offer market share analysis reports. We take your customer database, add industry classifications, company size information and regional identifiers, and then we are able to compare your customer base to our weighted business universe.

If required, we can add your sales territories into the mix and make comparisons. Do your sales people in Cornwall do better in a certain sector? If so, what are they doing differently to other regions, and therefore can you make inroads country-wide in that sector?

Then, on a year-upon-year basis, we can build on the analysis, giving you an annual report of how your market share compares over time.

We can also identify and supply targetted lists of potential new customers from chosen sectors, so you can work to increase your market share.

We answer questions like:
Are the companies you do business with growing or shrinking?

What is our market share of UK businesses?

Outsourced Solutions
Outsourced Data Processing

Data Solutions
We are experts at analysing, processing and crunching data.

Automate your processes
Do you run the same process over and over again by hand? Are your staff tied up producing monthly/quarterly/annual products/reports? We can take these jobs off your hands and automate them freeing up your staff to perform less repetitive duties.

Unity matching software

Our very own Unity matching suite is a highly sophisticated data integration and comparison tool. It can handle a massive amount of data with speed and precision.

Unity links company / address / executive data together so that the same entity can be identified and linked across multiple separate databases. Unity also has the functionality to clean address data by utilising the Royal Mail (PAF) Postal Address File.

For example we use Unity to link our clients data to Oblong data so we can move data elements over to the client data. 

Unity is also licensed to 3rd parties.

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