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Business information

Business information

In the Centre you can find essential information to help you start, run and grow your business. Anyone can use the Library, and it is free. You just need a Reader Pass.

Electronic databases: View our full list of business and IP-related databases.

Search the Library’s business and IP collections using Explore the British Library.

Management and Business Studies Portal: Search for management research reports and other material.

Go to your Reading Room requests

General advice and funding sources

Electronic databases: Gain advice on anything from writing a business plan, finding funding to marketing via databases such COBRA, Director’s Briefing and Grantfinder.

'Essentials - What you need to know to run a business and where to find it' [pdf 154KB]: An invaluable list compiled by the British Library of websites, publications and databases.

London Business Information [pdf 495KB]: An essential resource compiled by the British Library of resources that contain London statistical and general information to assist doing business in London.

Over 250 books in our ‘small business help’ section on the shelves

Market research

Electronic databases: Information on customers, markets and industries in databases such as Key note, Mintel, Datamonitor and Verdict.

Explore the British Library: Search over 4,000 current market research reports and business-related journals available in the Centre.

Industry information guides: Lists of sources pulled together by British Library experts covering 25 key industries from food to fashion.

Market research in public libraries: A list of market research reports available in other UK public libraries.

Company data

Electronic databases: Gain financial data and information on companies in over 200 countries via Orbis, FAME, Kompass, Experian and Onesource. 

Explore the British Library: Search our collection of trade literature for UK & overseas companies. Please contact us for help finding pre-1980 trade literature.

Business news

Electronic databases: Search full-text news articles from publishers from around the world to stay informed of trends, issues and companies.

Daily newspapers and major publications are available on the shelves.

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Contact us

Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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