Business resources

The Business & IP Centre Hull has resources and information to help you start, grow and protect your business.

Access these FREE resources at home, work, or in the library. You will need a library card to use some of the online resources - click here to join the library.

* Changes during the Coronavirus (Covid 19): Staff are working from home and can access key business resources for you. Email your enquiry to *


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Complete Business Reference Advisor is a great place to start. It has 1000s of practical factsheets on all aspects of starting, running and managing a small business, including sector profiles, tax and legal information. Available in Hull Libraries and at home to registered library members

Access the COBRA website

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Trying to understand an industry? IBISWorld has current research on 100s of industries in the UK, China, USA and Australia including statistics, analysis and forecasts. Use it to understand market size, competitors and drafting business plans. Available in Hull Libraries.
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Learn more about UK consumer and lifestyle markets on Mintel to help you understand how your potential customers live and spend their money. Available in Hull Libraries.

Experian MarketIQ is designed to enable quick access to the best quality information on UK businesses including Companies House Documents and Global Mergers and Acquisitions, through simple Company Name or Registered Number look up. Available in Hull Libraries.

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Creating a new product? British Standards Online provides access to over 1000s current, draft and historical standards to ensure your product meet current legal standards. Available in Hull Libraries.

Kompass EasyBusiness is a premium B2B resource containing information on over 43 million companies across 71 countries worldwide. To access the resource, click on the relevant link below:

Access the Kompass website (Remote Access)

Access the Kompass website (Within the Library)

Conditions of use apply. Check terms and conditions on each website.

Use our guides to help you search the resources or ask Hull Libraries' staff:


Newspaper and magazines

Keep up to date with current trends and news either at home or in the library.


Setting up or growing a business

  • Hull City Council have information about business rates, obtaining licences and permits, planning and building control, and trade waste




  • Hull Youth Enterprise encourages young people to become more enterprising, enabling them to develop their entrepreneurial ideas and skills



  • The UK Government website provides guides for setting up and running a business in the UK.




Hull Libraries also have a wide range of business books, magazines, industry guides, journals and directories available.



Contact us:

Business & IP Centre Hull 

Central Library, Albion Street, Hull, HU1 3TF

Telephone 01482 223 344




Central Library
Albion Street

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Telephone - 01482 210 000


Opening hours
Monday 9.30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 9.30am - 7.30pm
Friday 9.30am - 1pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday Closed