The term access refers to the conditions under which documents and information from an archive are made available to users. Most companies that maintain formal archives in the United Kingdom accept and embrace the need to allow at least some public access to their collections for the purpose of historical research, as well as promoting and overseeing internal use. Archivists should ideally promote impartial access to the archival material in their care, a responsibility recognised in their national and international codes of ethics. The enquiry service the archive can offer should be promoted extensively within the company via the intranet, staff magazines, displays and publications and by building relationships with potential users. A formal access policy, which is freely available, consistently adhered to, and signed off by senior management should be at the heart of a corporate archive's framework for managing access.