Only in England

Let me first say I’m British and proud of the fact. However, there are things only the British can do and today I discovered a truly wonderful Britishism. In the UK there is a government institution called Companies House. Well the web site says:

The main functions of Companies House are to:
1. Incorporate and dissolve limited companies
2. Examine and store company information delivered under the Companies Act and related legislation
3. make this information available to the public.

For anyone wanting to find out about a UK business it is wonderful resource. Through the Companies House web site you can buy copies of people’s filings such as their latest set of accounts. Anyway, this is where the Britishism comes in. This wonderful example of ecommerce in action is only available from 7am to Midnight UK time. Presumably the security guard switches off the computer when he leaves.


18 Comments on “Only in England”

  1. Ed Lee says:

    I’m surprised they don’t shut at 3:30 for tea and a branswell tart…

  2. Anonymous says:

    It’s a Bakewell Tart!

  3. ....the world's leading.... says:

    An everyone knows that tea is taken at 4.00pm. Philistine.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As a business journalist, I refer to at all hours for various filings. When I ran into this limitation of Companies House just the other week I just about died laughing. Not only did they want me to wait until they opened for business… then they wanted me to pay?! Funny stuff.

  5. Ed Lee says:

    so i got the tart’s name wrong (never thought I’d say that) but give me a break, I’ve been in Canada for more than a year.

    and the best public schools have tea at 3:30.


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