The following information has been extracted from Companies House microfiches and papers. It is probably as accurate as the information typically filed by private limited companies, and probably just as important.
The current writer obtained the company papers in the 1990s from Companies House in Cardiff. These papers are hard copy, not from a microfiche.
The Searchlight Association Limited was incorporated as a “COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE AND NOT HAVING A SHARE CAPITAL”.
Its “Memorandum of Association” (840295) is sealed (stamped) by Companies House “REGISTERED - 9 MAR 1965”. *
This contains a considerable amount of blurb running to over a dozen pages, but it is standard and is not specific to the company.
The original subscribers are listed on page 18 in the following order:
Benjamin Mark Goodman, barrister of Pump Court
Maurice Orbach, MP
Frederick Lionel Tonge of London NW3, retired trade union official **
Reginald Freeson, MP ***
Baron Moss, company director
Philip Ian Page, historian
and William Douglas McClelland, economist
The Particulars of Directors and Secretaries (sealed 16 JUN 1965) gives the Company Secretary as Norman James Stenner.
The Annual Return made up to the 28th day of February 1970 lists the directors in the following order:
Benjamin Mark Goodman
Frederick Leonard Tonge
Philip Ian Page
Joan Lester MP ****
“Sales and Donations Received” for the period March 9, 1965 to December 31, 1967 were £3,618. “Salaries and National Insurance” came to £1,744.
At December 31, 1970, the company held £86 “Cash at Bank”
The Searchlight Association Limited was dissolved by notice in the London Gazette, October 3, 1975.
* The Certificate of Incorporation is dated the same day.
** His name is given later as Frederick Leonard Tonge, see above.
*** Freeson resigned as a director January 12, 1967.
**** Lestor is the correct spelling. She was appointed a director March 2, 1967.
Searchlight Information Services Ltd is a Private Company limited by guarantee.
At December 31, 1987, the directors of SIS were Gerry Gable and Michael Cohen; Cohen was also Company Secretary.
For the year ended 31/12/90, wages, salaries and freelance were £22,276; Social Security Costs were £1,114; average staff employed (administration) = 3.
At 24.01.94, Sonia Kathleen Emma Gable was Secretary; Directors were Michael Cohen, address given as Searchlight’s office. Cohen was born 24/07/1935; nationality: British, profession: photographer.
Searchlight Information Services for Year Ending December 31, 1990,
Their grant from the London Boroughs Grants Unit was spent as follows:
Item £ Salaries 11,403 Printing, postage and stationery 2,680 Telephone 2,500 Hire of equipment 1,500 Travelling expenses 2,000 Insurance 679 Freelance and research 500 Total 21,262 Staff costs 23,390
Showorder was incorporated June 29, 1990; its Company Number was 2516837.
The name was changed to Searchlight Magazine Limited on July 30, 1990; the Company Number was of course retained: 2516837 (or 02516837).
From 4 SEP 1990, Swift Incorporations Limited resigned as Company Secretary in favour of Sonia Gable.
Sonia Gable was appointed a director of Searchlight Magazine Limited on 11.7.90.
Gerry Gable was appointed a director of Searchlight Magazine Limited on 11.7.90.
The Auditor was Monty Goldman.
Sonia Gable resigned as a director on 31.1.91.
At 27.7.90 Searchlight Magazine Ltd accounts showed the following:
1 share was transferred from Instant Companies Ltd, 2 Baches Street, London N1.
1 share was transferred from Swift Incorporation Ltd, 2 Baches Street, London N1.
At this time Gerry Gable held 80 shares; Stephen Silver held 10 shares; Michael Billig held 5 shares; David Edgar held 5 shares.
At June 29, 1991, the shareholders were as follows:
Gerry Gable: 75 shares Stephen Silver: 10 shares Michael Billig: 5 shares David Edgar: 5 shares Elizabeth Ludmer: 5 shares 1990 accounts were: Dec. 31 ’90 - Period Ended Turnover £14,423 Cost of Sales £15,859 Gross Loss £1,436 Administrative Expenses £3,479 Operating Loss £4,915 Fixed Assets £3,053 Current Assets - Stock £3,000 Debtors £6,559 Cash at back and in hand £2,054 Total £11,613 Creditors Assets falling due within one year £19,481 Net Current Liabilities £7,868 Total Assets Less Current Liabilities £4,815 Called Up Share Capital £100 Profit and Loss Account £4,915 Total £4,815 Funds generated by operations £4,479 Issue of Shares £100 Total £4,379 Purchase of Tangible Fixed Assets £3,489 £7,868 Stock Increase (magazines and booklets) £3,000 Debtors’ Increases £6,559 Creditors’ Increase £19,481 £9,922 Movement in Net Liquid Prices Cash Increase £2,054 £7,868 (suspect should be minus) Period Ended 31 December 91 Loss on ordinary activities £4,915 Depreciation £436 Profit and Loss account for year ended 31 December 1991 Turnover £27,345 Fixed Assets Tangible £2,290 Current Assets Cost of Sales 29,747 Debtors 4,094 Gross Loss 2,402 Stock 3,000 Admin Expenses 5,057 Cash at bank 3,270 Operating Loss 7,459 10,364(sic) Creditors: Amount falling due within one year £24,968 (this is dated 29 September, 1992) Net current liabilities £14,564 Total assets less current liabilities £12,274 Called up share capital £100 Profit and Loss Account £12,274 Loss on ordinary activities £7,459 Annual return sealed 28 SEP 1992 COMPANIES HOUSE Gable 75 shares Silver 10 Billig 5 Edgar 5The above shareholding is take from Companies House records 06/06/92, made up to not later than 29/06/92.
At 01-09-95, the shareholders were:
Stephen Silver 10 Michael Billig 5 David Edgar 5 Sonia Gable 80 Gerry Gable transferred his 80 shares to Sonia on 10.06.95 Gerry Gable signed the Balance sheet October 3, 1995
Sonia Gable was the Company Secretary; Gerry Gable was the Director at 10-09-96.
Searchlight Publishing Ltd was incorporated September 2, 1981; its main activity is said to be publishing Searchlight magazine.
Searchlight Publishing Limited: Memorandum of Association is sealed (stamped) 3 AUG 1981, by the Clifton Secretarial Agency Ltd of London N16, ie Stamford Hill.
The Articles of Association are dated 6 JAN 1981; the company address is given as 21 Great Western Buildings, 6 Livery Street, Birmingham 3.
Gable’s address is given as Kent House, Upper Ground, London SE1.
For the year ended December 31, 1982 the following:
Gerry Gable: Chairman Michael Cohen: Secretary Both men owned 40 X £1 shares.
The company made £450 from exports, presumably overseas subscriptions, and donated £60 to the Council for Community Relations in Lambeth. The company made a net loss of £223.
At 31/12/82, there was £1,815 in stock (magazines and pamphlets)
Debtors and prepayments amounted to £4,693
Cash was £1,805
Liabilities were £9,031
Net current liabilities were £7,438 (this figure is not clear)
Net liabilities = £128.
On January 11, 1983, the shares of Searchlight Publishing Limited were alloted as follows:
Gerry Gable 40 Michael Cohen 40 Michael Billig 5 David Edgar 5 Elizabeth Ludmer 5
The Directors of the Searchlight Educational Trust were
Carrie Supple 26 Hazlewood Avenue Jesmond Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE2 3HX teacher - born November 2, 1958 At June 14, 1992 Robert Purkiss 182 Rownhams Lane n Baddersley Southampton Hants trade union official and a director of Ocean Sound Radio - born November 11, 1945 As of June 22, 1992 At June 25, 1992 Dr Anthony Kushner 28 University Road Highfield Southampton SO9 5NH historian, librarian and author - born May 30, 1960 At June 26, 1992 Kenneth Leech St Botolph’s Church Aldgate London EC3N 1AB clerk in holy orders - born June 15, 1939 At June 30, 1992 Baron Moss Pipers Dene Southfield Road Caterham CR3 7BQ - born June 30, 1923 David Herman 4 Jesmond Way Stanmore Middlesex lecturer, born August 21, 1964 As of July 31, 1992 And Sweet Sonia, of course!
Accounts for Searchlight Magazine Limited can be found in the Searchlight Critical Bibliography for the relevant years. For example, the accounts for 2003 - year ending December 31, 2003 - is the last entry in this file.
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