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Most of the databases allow downloading and emailing of some of their content see below for details.

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  • All downloading is subject to licensing terms and conditions set by the database publishers. All restrict downloaded information to personal use only. They may change or cancel these arrangements without prior notice. Library staff are obliged to ensure compliance with these terms, and may refuse downloading requests.
  • The downloading service is subject to staff availability, and may be withdrawn or reduced during busy times, or when fewer staff are available.

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Advice & Funding Sources | Market Research | Company Data

Business News & Journals | Business & Economic Statistics | Intellectual Property Sources

Advice & Funding Sources Help

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)
An encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Includes over 4,000 fact sheets, local area profiles.

Download up to 10 reports a day

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Grantnet & Grantfinder - Please ask to be logged in
4,000 grants, loans and awards. Grantnet, accessible from outside the Centre, gives brief information. To access detailed information from Grantfinder, please ask at the reference desk.

Download up to 10 reports per week

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Market Research Help

Datamonitor Consumer - Please ask to be logged in
Analysis of the global Fast Moving Consumer Goods market. Covers food and drink, cosmetics and toiletries and household products.

Download up to 20 pages of text per day from either Datamonitor Consumer or Verdict Retail. Limited to once a month from the same report/sector. No data to be extracted from the interactive data dashboards.

 

eMarketer
International market research and trend analysis on Internet, e-business, online marketing, media and emerging technologies.

Download up to 10 reports per day.

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Frost & Sullivan - Please ask to be logged in
In-depth global market research and strategy reports covering medical technology, chemicals and plastics, automation, electronics, energy systems, environmental and building technologies and IT.

Download up to 5 executive summaries and 1 full report per person per calendar month. We have a total downloading limit of 25 full reports per calendar month.

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Key Note
Full text access to more than 1,000 reports covering 30 industry sectors including everything from IT and computing to food and drink.

Download up to 10% of a report from up to 2 reports per day. Limited to once a week from the same report. We have a total limit of 10 downloads per day.

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Local Data Online – Please ask to be logged in

Retail location data and insight for 2,700 UK locations, 450 business types and thousands of companies. Includes market analysis, profiling and risk analysis for high streets, town centres, shopping centres, retail parks and out of town stores.

Download one Location Summary report and a list of up to 500 companies per month.

Database Summary (PDF)

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Mintel
Full-text access to Mintel's Horizons UK series which covers an extensive range of consumer and lifestyle markets in the United Kingdom.

Printing or downloading is not permitted from this database.

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Passport (Euromonitor International)
Provides comparable international market intelligence on countries, consumers and industries. Contains over 4,500 global, country, industry and company reports.

Download up to 1,000 cells of data and up to 20 pages of text per day.

Database Summary (PDF)

Verdict Retail - Please ask to be logged in
Independent analysis of the UK and European retail industry. Sectors covered include clothing and footwear, food and drink, DIY, electricals, homewares and personal care.

Download up to 20 pages of text per day from either Datamonitor Consumer or Verdict Retail. Limited to once a month from the same report/sector. No data to be extracted from the interactive data dashboards.

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Company Data Help

Experian B2B Researcher - Please ask Reference Enquiry desk staff to log you in.
Experian contains detailed information for 2.8 million registered UK and Irish businesses with their branches and 1.6 million ‘non-corporate’ entities like sole traders. Among the 5 million contact names are Marketing Managers and Directors.

Download up to ten company or peer reports per week and up to 500 companies in list form per week.

 

FAME
FAME is a UK & Irish company database listing 7 million companies with access to information such as accounts and director details. Searches can be made by industry, location or financial information.

Download up to 500 companies in list form per week.

 

ISI Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS)
Company, Industry and Economic information focusing on Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. Includes company reports and financial statements.

Download up to 10 reports per day and 250 companies in list from per week.

Database Summary (PDF)

Kompass Worldwide
Detailed product and service listings for over 2.8 million companies across 70 countries. Key source for manufacturers and suppliers with over 300,000 topics covered.

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Onesource - Please ask to be logged in
Company profiles for over 30 million private and public companies worldwide including information on over 35 million company executives and news analysis from 2,500 sources.

Download up to 500 companies in list from per week.

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ORBIS
Orbis is a global company database listing over 75 million companies around the world providing access to contacts, accounts and corporate structure information.

Download up to 500 companies in list form per week.

 

 

Business News & Journals Help

ABI Inform Global
Contains 2,700 academic journals, newspapers, business, management and economics publications. The database can be searched individually, below, or cross searched with other Proquest databases.

Database Summary (PDF)

Business & Industry (Gale)
Full text or abstracts from 1,000 leading trade and business publications from over 30
countries.
Email up to 25 articles per day using internal email function

Database Summary (PDF)

Help Sheet (PDF)

Business Source Complete (EBSCO)
Full text from 11,000 sources, including over 1000 international top ranking business
journals. Provides information on most areas of business, as well as country economic reports.

Email up to 25 articles per day using internal email function

Database Summary (PDF)

Factiva
More than 10,000 publications from 159 countries in 22 languages, providing the latest news and information from many industries and regions. Includes newswires and BBC Monitoring.

Database Summary (PDF)

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Management & Business Studies Portal
Subject-focused website by the British Library bringing together the latest UK management research with practical business and management content from our vast print and digital collections. Includes downloadable research reports, consulting reports, market research, thinkpieces, and exclusive articles written by external experts.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
 

 

Business & Economic Statistics Help

CountryData (Economist Intelligence Unit) - Please ask to be logged in
Analytical database of world-wide macroeconomic indicators and forecast values for 117 countries and 40 regional aggregates, with up to 280 economic indicators per country.

Database Summary (PDF)

Economist Intelligence Unit - EIU.com
Includes 60 Country Reports, Country Profiles, and Viewswire (information on important economic, political, business and market developments including analytical briefings).

Download up to 10 reports and up to 1,000 cells of data, from Data Tool, per week.

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Intellectual Property Sources Help

Derwent Innovations Index
Provides international patent abstracts written by professionals. Includes facilities for searching by 'owning company', forward and backward citation and some status information.

Database Summary (PDF)

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Espacenet
The European Patent Office website. Allowing patents to be searched Internationally.
Many complete specifications are available. The coverage varies by country.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

Database Summary (PDF)

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Intellectual Property Office
The official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. Site provided access to UK national patent, trade mark and registered design information. Also application forms, fee information and general information relating to IP.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
 

TMView
This database provided by the European Union allows you to search for trade marks registered in every EU country, and certain countries outside the EU.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

 

DesignView
This database provided by the European Union allows you to search for designs registered in an increasing number of EU countries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.

 
USPTO Patent Full-Text Databases
The website of the US Patent and Trademark Office. For searching US national utility patents and design patents. Links through to the US trademark electronic search service database (TESS).
This site is freely available on the Internet.
 
Patent scope
A World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) database which allows access to millions of patent documents namely International Patent Applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) plus regional and national patent collections from 25 participating countries.
This site is freely available on the Internet.