Monday, 14 April 2014

Online Business Databases

COBRA: An encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Includes over 700 start-up profiles, fact sheets providing guidance on running and managing a small business, market research and local area profiles.
Accessible anywhere via a library card number – go to

Market Research

Keynote: Full text access to more than 700 reports covering 30 industry sectors including everything from IT and computing to food and drink.
Mintel: Access to Mintel UK covering a broad range of consumer and lifestyle markets in the United Kingdom. Covers automotive, beauty and personal care, drink, food, food service, household care, media, health and wellbeing, technology, travel, e-commerce, leisure, home retailing and clothing and footwear markets.

Company Data

MINT: Mint provides information on 5 million companies throughout the UK. Mint is especially useful for sales and marketing purposes, providing access to lists compiled from a range of search criteria including location, financial data, incorporation date and industry.

FAME: FAME is a UK & Irish company database listing 8 million companies with access to information such as accounts and director details. Fame’s strength lies in its detailed financial information and analysis.

Business News

UK NEWSTAND: Provides access to over 300 UK news publications featuring national news publications such
as The Guardian and Financial Times as well has key regional newspapers,The New Statesman and The Spectator.
Accessible anywhere via a library card number – go to


BRITISH STANDARDS: Full text access to current, historic and draft standards produced by the British Standards Institution. Accessible anywhere via a library card number – go to

Intellectual Property Sources

ESPACENET: The European Patent Office website. Allowing patents to be searched Internationally.
Many complete specifications are available. The coverage varies by country. 

See our search leaflet for details of specialist databases used for commissioned patent and trade mark searches.