Report on the first digital International Business Registers Survey

EBRA, in collaboration with CRF, IACA and ASORLAC, have launched their Report from the first digital International Business Register Report (IBRR) survey, which took place in October 2021.

The survey looked at Business Register Legal Settings and Business Dynamics and is the result of a pilot project that involved Business Registry Associations from around the world. The Project will continue in 2022, with a second survey on the Use of eServices (to be launched in September 2022).

The report analyses the results from 85 participants that took part in the online survey and offers an insight into the practice and performance of different business registries.

It highlights how different registries manage:

  • Shareholder Details
  • Beneficial Ownership
  • Incorporations and Terminations

The survey data allows business registries from around the world to learn valuable lessons, as well as sparking ideas for improving systems and overcoming obstacles within their own registries. A wide range of knowledge is covered in the survey data, including the fees in different jurisdictions and how business registers combat corporate identity theft.

The digital survey and report are the efforts of a dedicated Working Group supported by EBRA, involving highly skilled individuals representing jurisdictions and international associations from around the world.

To read the report, please click here: IBRR-Report-2022_En-1

For more information, please contact Survey@ebra.be

To view the results in the digital tool, please click here:  View digital tool

The International Business Register Survey has been running for over 20 years. In 2021, the survey went digital for the first time.

To see previous reports, please click here: https://ebra.be/international-surveys/.

(Attribution to the wonderful Helen Fletcher at EBRA for the reproduction of her words)

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Conference Assistance Scheme (Bursary)

The CRF operates a Conference Assistance Scheme.

CRF members can apply for a bursary to help fund conference attendance fees at the annual CRF conference and any CRF related events during the year.

The annual budget will be up to USD 2,000 per jurisdiction per year and applications can be made by completing this online form.  Applications close on 7 August.

You can register for the Conference here.  Registration closes on 31 July.

 

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2022 Conference Dates Announced

On behalf of the Corporate Registers Forum, we invite you to join the CRF Annual Conference, which will be held in Paradise Island Resort, Maldives from September 21 – 24, 2022. This will be our first in-person meeting welcoming members and non-members from across the globe as we emerge from the pandemic.

The theme of the Conference is “Transforming Business Registries for the post-pandemic era”. Join us to share ideas and experience in building a more resilient future for business registries.

We look forward to welcoming you to Maldives – the most desired destination in the world!

Mariyam Visam
2022 Conference Director

Visit the dedicated conference website https://crf2022maldives.org/

Maldives Conference Banner

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Technical Workshop: Directors Behaviour, March 2022

A huge thank you to Tom and Esmé from UK Companies House for sharing their insights at today’s Technical Workshop.

Over 50 participants from registries across the globe dialled in to hear you talk us through your Directors Behaviour campaign, and how behavioural science and effective communications can encourage directors to fulfill their legal responsibilities.

This was an exclusive members-only event. If your jurisdiction is not yet a member but would like to become one, please get in touch

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Technical Workshop: Directors Responsibility campaign (UK)

We warmly invite you to our next Technical Workshop, to take place on Tuesday 29 March 2022 at 0630 UTC.

The workshop will be hosted by Companies House, UK and will take place via MS Teams.

About the Workshop
This workshop aims to explore the work Companies House is doing to help directors understand their responsibilities better.

We will provide an overview of recent external communications campaigns that have used a variety of approaches to encourage compliance and online filing behaviours.

We’ll also share our future plans to use behavioural insights and evidence from user research to improve customer outputs, reduce avoidable contact and achieve key business outcomes.

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CRF Newsletter, March 2022

Here is our March 2022 edition of the CRF Newsletter.

In this edition we look forward to our upcoming Technical Workshop and are delighted to announce a return to an in-person conference this year.

If you have any feedback, ideas, an article or suggestions for next quarter’s newsletter please don’t hesitate to email the secretariat@corporateregistersforum.org

Download or read the newsletter here CRF Newsletter – March 2022

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2021 International Business Registers Survey

The 2021 International Business Registers Survey is now open.

During the 2021 European Business Registry Association (EBRA) Conference, the IBRR Working Group presented a project to innovate the International Business Registers Survey, which has been in existence since 2001. The goal was to transform it into shorter, digital surveys on specific topics to be launched twice a year.

The first digital International Business Registers Survey is now open for responses!

The survey is open to all business registers and is a joint collaboration with EBRA partner organisations, ASORLAC (Association of Registers of Latin America and the Caribbean), CRF (Corporate Registers Forum), and IACA (International Association of Commercial Administrators).

This first survey focuses on Business Registers legal settings and Business Dynamics. Thanks to the reduced number of questions, the survey is quicker to complete and will give meaningful responses with a shorter turnaround time.

The digital tool is easy to use and we are looking forward to sharing the results soon.

To access the survey follow this link https://ebra.be/international-surveys/

For more information, please contact:

Ana Del Valle or Julian Lamb
Email: survey@ebra.be

The CRF strongly encourages members to participate. It’s great to have your registries results profiled against others from around the globe.

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New CRF President

The Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) announces that Rosanne Bell, CRF President, will be stepping down from the role from 1 August 2021.

Rosanne Bell – Outgoing CRF President

Rosanne Bell

Rosanne has a long association with the CRF and has held roles on the Executive Committee for many years (since 2007) prior to her appointment as CRF President in 2017. On behalf of the CRF, the CRF Executive Committee wish to thank Rosanne for the important role she has played in CRF with nearly 14 continuous years as a valued Executive Committee member and for the last 4 years as our inspirational President.

We wish Rosanne all the best in her future endeavours.

 

Louise Smyth
Louise Smyth – CRF President

Louise Smyth

The Executive Committee has appointed Louise Smyth (Chief Executive, Registrar of Companies, Companies House, United Kingdom) as transitional President to take over from Rosanne.

Louise Smyth will hold the position of President until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November 2021 where CRF members will be asked to vote on a replacement in accordance with the CRF’s constitution.

 

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Global Registry Associations Memorandum of Understanding Signed

The Corporate Registers Forum (CRF) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with our partner organisations the European Business Registers Association (EBRA) and the International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA).

The MOU recognises the desire of each signatory to share information and knowledge, to provide mutual assistance and participation in collaborative activities recognising the parties’ common interests in robust business registries.

A copy of the MOU is available here –  Signed MOU CRF EBRA IACA May 2021

 

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