Public register will boost company transparency

Today Liberal Democrats in Government announced that a register containing details of who owns and controls UK companies will be made publicly available.

The register will contain information on individuals with an interest in more than 25% of a company’s shares or voting rights, or who otherwise control the way it is run.

This means there will be greater transparency of company ownership and control, making it easier to expose bad practice.

Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jo Swinson said:

“A stronger economy depends on investors, employees and the public having trust and confidence in companies and those that are running them.

“We believe a public register, listing those who really own companies makes Britain a better place to invest and do business. People have a right to know who controls UK companies and greater openness will help tackle tax evasion, money laundering and other crimes.

“The vast majority of companies and directors in the UK contribute productively to the economy, abide by the rules and make an enormous contribution to society. But the few who operate in the shadows, threaten the trust on which good business is based. Liberal Democrats in Government are shining a light on who really owns and controls companies in the UK.”

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