Business resources

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Business resources to help you

We pay the subscription fees for many websites, databases, magazines and directories to help you set up, grow and protect your business ideas. You will need a library card to access many of these resources.

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

Business resources you can access at home 

COBRA - is a great place to start. It has over 4000 practical factsheets on all aspects of starting, running and managing a small business, including sector profiles, tax and legal information

Access the COBRA website

Intellectual Property Office - helps you to protect your business brand and reputation with information about trademarks, designs, copyright and patents

Access the Intellectual Property Office website 

 European Patent Office  - website for patents and EU patent applications

Access the European Patent Office website


 Law and Rights - has a summary of UK legislation covering employment, family law, housing, immigration and social security

Access the Law and Rights website


Keep up to date with current trends and news on Proquest newstand for national and regional newspaper and Zinio for emagazines. 

Visit the Proquest website for more information

Access the Zinio website for emagazines

The British Library Business Centre has practical tips and guides to help you set up or grow your business.

Find out more at The British Library Business Centre website 

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

Visit Hull City Council website

Information is available on the Government website about starting up and running a business in the UK, and includes help if you're self employed or a sole trader.

Access the Government website

If you are unsure about paying the right amount of tax or national insurance, HM Revenue and Customs has guidance when you start and run a business.

Visit HM Revenue and Customs website 

Have you thought about exporting? Exporting is Great, has export guides and opportunities to help you find out more.

Find out more information at Exporting is Great website 

Business resources you can access from Hull Libraries

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Want to research your competitors? Avention has over 30 million private and public companies profiles including information on 35 million+ company executives and news analysis from 2,500 sources


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Check financial information on 1700+ UK stock market listed companies at CompanyRefs


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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


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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


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MintUK covers over 3.5 million registered and unincorporated businesses. It has information on companies, news market research and directors. Use it to create customised lists by location, industry size and growth rate


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Creating a new product? British Standards Online provides access to over 27000 current, draft and historical standards to ensure your product meet current legal standards


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

Need help using the business resources?

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



Know the industry you want to work in?

Use our industry guides to find the information and resources to help you research key industries. The guides highlight useful databases, publications and websites. We will be adding new industry guides regularly.


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