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Can I store my company documents in Inform Direct?
Yes. Inform Direct offers each account a sophisticated and secure online document storage area – that we call your Document Library. It is easy to upload and store all your company’s documents in your Document Library, and if you tag your files, using either the tag lists we have created for you or your own bespoke tags, it will be simplicity itself to retrieve any document.
For subscribers, all of the features of the Document Library are available free of charge, and the total data storage allowance available is calculated by applying an allocation of 250MB for each company included in your Inform Direct account.
PAYG users also have free access to the Document Library, but to a more narrow offering. Documents that have been generated using Inform Direct will be automatically stored in your Document Library, and you can tag and manage these files as you require.
How will the Document Library help me to manage all my documents?
Our feature rich online document storage area will allow you to easily manage all your company's vital documents.
Upload documents quickly
There are 3 ways to upload company documents:
Upload a single file
Drag and drop one or many files
Automatic upload of documents you create in Inform Direct
If you have many documents to add to your Document Library, you can do this quickly by dragging and dropping multiple files simultaneously.
Organise your document storage effectively
We have created a flexible system of document tagging that allows you to find any of your documents quickly. You can choose to tag a document to indicate its type, what it’s about and/or link it to the company it relates to. Choose tags from the lists we have provided for you, or create your own bespoke tags. You can also tag multiple documents simultaneously, helping you save time if you have uploaded lots of files.
The ability to search by company, document type, tag or filename means it is always quick and easy to find a document, no matter how many files you have stored in your library.
Control access to your documents
If multiple people have access to your Inform Direct account, you can control the access different user roles have to the Document Library. Tailor who can see which files for which companies and set the permissions (add files, edit them or remove documents) each user role has. If you have particularly sensitive files stored in your library, you can further restrict access to these.
Store your documents securely
All your data is safely stored and backed up in the cloud in our database held in our high security data centre. This means that important company documents are not held on your PC, laptop or office server – all of which are vulnerable to data loss or theft. Your data is regularly backed up and all data backups are held in the UK.
If you have a Subscription Account you will be able to add multiple users to your account with Inform Direct and control the level of access each user has to your companies, to transactions and to the files contained in your Document Library. You can select to give a user role full access to the Document Library (with the ability to add, manage, view and remove files), more restricted access (perhaps some user roles can add and view files but not remove them), view only access or restrict the access of other users entirely. Further flexibility allows you to ensure that users only see files in their Document Library relating to companies to which you have given them specific access. If you have given a client access to your Inform Direct account you can ensure that they only see files relating to their company in the Document Library.
Do you provide template minutes and resolutions pre-populated with my details?
Yes. Inform Direct provides a suite of over 100 different template documents, including board minutes, resolutions, company letters, certificates and forms. Moreover, when you submit a filing using Inform Direct, our clever software knows the documents you may wish to produce to support your transaction and offers you these. Our documents are:
compliant with the Companies Act 2006;
pre-populated with the details of your transaction;
created as Word documents so it is easy to make changes if required;
automatically saved to your Document Library; and
professional in design - you can even add your company or client's logo.
The documents are available on completion of a transaction, in which case they will be pre-populated with the details you entered during the process, or in the Template Library, where they are available as standalone templates for you to complete yourself.
Subscription users can produce as many documents as they like free of charge, whilst PAYG users can purchase individual documents for a charge of £5 each.
Does Inform Direct enable me to create professional documents branded with a client logo?
Yes. Inform Direct provides you with over 100 different document templates, covering a full range of company secretarial transactions, many of which can be branded with a company or client logo. When you complete a transaction using Inform Direct, our intelligent software suggests documents that may be required to support the transaction. Simply choose the templates you want, and the system will automatically produce editable Word documents, pre-populated with the details you have already entered. The documents are compliant with the Companies Act 2006 and have been carefully designed to look stylish and professional, and every document that you produce in Inform Direct is automatically tagged and saved to your personal Document Library.
Inform Direct provides a suite of over 100 different company secretarial related documents. The documents are produced in an editable Word format and are compliant with the Companies Act 2006. They have been carefully designed to look professional and you can choose to brand them with a company logo. The full range includes board minutes to record changes to company details; board resolutions to authorise a Companies House filing; share certificates; dividend vouchers; stock transfer forms; company letters; shareholder resolutions and a suite of company registers. You can find a full list of the template documents we offer on our website here.
When you have completed a transaction using Inform Direct, our clever software will offer you the correct templates, pre-populated with the details you entered and it will automatically save the created documents to your Document Library. However, in your Template Library you will also find that the templates are available as standalone documents, ready for you to complete with the details of a transaction.
How does Inform Direct make updating shareholder records really simple?
Our software has been specially designed with the following features to help you quickly and confidently process even the most complicated share transactions:
Full suite of share transactions and scenarios supported
Inform Direct allows you to process a full range of share transactions, from straightforward share transfers and allotments to complex share reorganisations. Our software can also support multiple share classes, share issues at different prices in each class, joint shareholdings, corporate shareholders and designations.
Professional share certificates and dividend vouchers
Inform Direct allows you to easily create stylish share certificates and dividend vouchers, and you can even brand these with a company logo if required. Once created the documents are automatically saved to your Document Library, so they are quick to retrieve, view and print.
Automatic population of your confirmation statement
Our intelligent software retains the details of all the changes you make to shares and shareholders during the year and automatically populates your next confirmation statement with them, saving you the bother of having to remember and re-enter the details.
Save time, make changes only once
Inform Direct has been cleverly designed to link together all the shareholdings and appointments a person has. Whether a person has multiple shareholdings and holds shares in more than one class, or is a director of the company as well as a shareholder, you'll only need to make a change in one place and the system will automatically make the update for all other appointments and/or shareholdings for you.
Automatic update of statutory registers
When you issue shares or transfer shares between shareholders Inform Direct automatically updates your company statutory registers.
Comprehensive support at every step
Our processes have been specially designed to ask you simple questions that make it easy for you to provide all the necessary details to support any change you are making. Whenever you are prompted for details, a help text will explain to you in straightforward terms exactly what information you should enter.
How does Inform Direct make managing company details really easy?
Our intelligent software has been designed to ask you straightforward questions, turning your answers into the correct format before electronically filing your submission with Companies House. Features designed to help you easily manage changes to your company details include:
simultaneous updating of your statutory registers if required when you file a change;
automatic inclusion of changes in your next confirmation statement;
pre-populated template minutes and resolutions to support your changes;
automatic saving of documents to your Document Library; and
company name checking facility that allows you to verify with Companies House that your proposed company name is available.
Using Inform Direct to manage your company details, including changes to your registered office address; implementation of a SAIL address; change of accounting reference date; filing of dormant accounts and changes of company name, will enable you to process any update swiftly.