It all began with a simple idea. Create a website where customers could get access in real-time to Company Registries from multiple countries around Europe and beyond. It was from this initial idea, that Ben Cronin and Robert Leslie founded the company, Global Business Register Limited (GBRDirect), in 2007. Ben is a former Irish International rugby player and Rob was recently honoured as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his work on digital identity and cybersecurity.
The websites, GBRDirect, first went live in 2009 with 18 European countries. From there, it quickly grew and became the leading on-line provider of official live Company Information electronically sourced through the Official Company Registration offices using a single point of access.
GBRDirect rapidly identified an increasing need for instant access to real-time, authoritative company information sourced from business registries across the globe. The GBRDirect) registry network became the largest authoritative company search network available online, uniquely connecting to over 150 business registries worldwide which are all accessible via the API or web portal. The company successfully built a solid customer base, with a number of the top global banks using the service as their primary data source for corporate KYC checking for AML compliance.