Maybe it’s just one of my oddities, but I quite enjoy stumbling across a business and wondering about its financial health.
Companies House can answer such questions; providing access to annual returns for any incorporated business in the UK, at around ~£1 a shot. As well as satisfying curiosities, it can importantly help inspring entrepreneurs understand the viability of incumbent players in a market. Existing businesses can also analyse their competitors and analyse the financial success of their execution.
The charge isn’t much, but it’s enough to put you off from downloading a report on a casual whim. New business generation and increased competition resulting from free downloads would surely offset the meager revenue that the £1 transactions must generate?