Sources for annual reports
A summary of the sources for obtaining annual reports including services available from the ICAEW Library & Information Service.
A number of websites offer free or low cost access to company annual reports in digital formats or as scanned documents. The coverage of individual websites varies, with some offering more extensive archives.
Online collection of annual reports for listed companies in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US. Reports can be browsed by exchange and by industrial sector.
Annual Reports Service
Annual Reports Service from PrecisionIR which allows investors to order the latest annual report from participating companies.
FT Markets Data
The FT Markets Data website provides access to company investor relations content such as annual reports and strategy documents.
Useful collection of direct links to annual reports for listed companies, with a search function and the ability to browse by FTSE index (covering the FTSE100, FTSE250, FTSE All Share and FTSE Small Cap indices). The annual reports are also arranged in a separate listing by sector.
A company name search tool provided free of charge by Companies House that allows you to search for information on over 2m companies. The results for each company include a list of documents that are available to order.
Subscription-based database from Bureau van Dijk which holds information for companies in the UK and Ireland including scanned versions of annual reports and returns.
ICAEW Members and ACA students visiting Chartered Accountants' Hall can access the FAME database through the computers provided by the ICAEW Library & Information Service, including any scanned reports which are available within the system.
The ICAEW Library & Information Service also provides a service for members and students (in person and remotely) to obtain older scanned reports (which in most cases extends beyond the archives provided through member access to the FAME database). Charges may apply for this service.
There are a number of libraries in the UK which hold collections of annual reports in printed form. Six libraries in the UK with significant collections of pre-1995 UK company annual reports are:
- British Library
- Guildhall Library
- London Business School Library
- Manchester University Library
- Strathclyde University Library
- Warwick University Library
The six libraries were formerly partners in the SCoRe ('Search Company Reports') national catalogue of printed company reports. The catalogue is no longer updated, but may still of assistance to researchers.
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