We provide free access to online resources that can help you with your business plan, create marketing lists, research your market or chosen industry or source intellectual property information.
COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)
Got an idea for a new business? Need some help? COBRA has hundreds of fact sheets detailing what is involved in starting and running different types of businesses, start-up ideas, sources of funding and helping with tax returns.
Good for: Business start-up, self-employment, learning about different industries, skills & training.
UK’s most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings. Analysis ofhundreds of industries including risk scores & revenue forecasts. UK Brexit Impact statements also available.
Good for: Information on target markets, major competitors, key market trends and barriers to entry.
Read only versions available in all Glasgow Libraries
Downloads are available from The Mitchell Library via password. Charges apply for downloads.
ABI/Inform Complete (ProQuest)
The market leader in business research databases. Comprising ABI/Inform Global, Trade & Industry, Dateline and Archive. Features journals, periodicals (such as the Economist and Financial Times) and newspapers plus country and industry focused reports.
Good for: Industry research, newspaper articles.
Law & Business
Law & Business is an online portal of summaries of British legislation relating to setting up, growing or managing a business in Britain. Apart from the legislation, the content of Law & Business includes information on business finance and business support across the regions.
Good for: Business start-up, self-employment, business support, funding, regulation, employment, contract and consumer law
British Standards Online
Full access to British and adopted European and International Standards. Standards determine the goods we consume and the services we are provided with, from the safety of products to quality management procedures.
Good for: Improving efficiency, increasing consumer confidence, reducing costs, innovation and product development
Read only versions available in all Glasgow Libraries and from work or home. Limited downloads are available from The Mitchell Library. Please ask a member of staff.
When accessing from home, log into the online catalogue in the first instance before clicking on the BSOL link.