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Dun and Bradstreet

Anyone interested in commercial company information will doubtless have come across Dun and Bradstreet. (Please note that checkSURE is an independent limited company that has no commercial connection with Dun and Bradstreet.)

Dun and Bradstreet are active in the following business areas:

  • Helping companies reduce risk
  • Dun and Bradstreet help companies find profitable customers and clients
  • They also help companies manage vendors efficiently

With information on 75 million businesses and branches throughout the world, it is not surprising that Dun and Bradstreet are one of the world’s leading providers of business information.

The information that Dun and Bradstreet provide has enabled business-to-business commerce for 160 years. Due to this, many large businesses use Dun and Bradstreet's information on companies to help make their businesses a success, verifying potential clients and trading partners online. Therefore the information provided by Dun and Bradstreet is widely known and trusted.

History of Dun and Bradstreet

Dun and Bradstreet was started by an enterprising businessman called Lewis Tappan in 1841 to help American merchants to make important financial and business decisions. He wanted to establish a network of correspondents that would provide a reliable source of credit information.

In 1933, this company merged with its rival to form Dun and Bradstreet as a way to combat the effects of the economic depression. CEO Arthur Whiteside engineered the merger, and with his first-rate diplomatic and leadership skills, he led Dun and Bradstreet out of the depression. Emphasising "service" as opposed to "products", Whiteside led Dun and Bradstreet into the Age of Information.

Expanding rapidly through the 1960 – 70s, Dun and Bradstreet introduced the Data Universal Numbering System; this system is now a standard business identifier for the UN, European Commission and US Government.

The Modern Dun and Bradstreet

Undergoing a period of restructuring in the past few years, Dun and Bradstreet have spun off several companies so that they may pursue focused strategies within their own specific fields. These are:

  • A.C. Nielsen – spun off from Dun and Bradstreet to become a world-leading provider in marketing information within the consumer and service industries.
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions – at first a division of Dun and Bradstreet Corporation, is now a provider of application outsourcing services and enterprise solutions specifically for the Fortune 500 and Blue Chip companies within Europe and US.
  • R. H. Donnelley Corporation – one of the largest public publisher of yellow pages directories
  • Moody’s Corporation – made up of two subsidiaries – Moody’s Investors Service and Moody’s KMV.

Dun and Bradstreet own various registered trade marks for DUN & BRADSTREET and DUN AND BRADSTREET, including:

CTM Registration Number 84277 registered in classes 16, 35 and 36,

UK Registration Number 1148726 registered in class 16,

UK Registration Number 1290762 registered in class 35,

UK Registration Number 1422846 registered in class 36.

These are just some of the useful information available on Dun and Bradstreet which can be found on the Internet.

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