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Resources for Business Start-Ups

This session is aimed at anyone thinking about starting a business or becoming self-employed. Attendees will be shown how to make use of specialist business information databases available through membership of Glasgow Libraries, including COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser), Mint UK and ProQuest.

Location: The Mitchell Library, Business @ The Mitchell, Level 1
Resources for Self-Employment and Business Start-Up
Location: Gorbals Library, 180 Crown Street, Glasgow G5 9XD

Market Research Resources

Market Research is key to any successful business. We provide access to online market research resources to help anyone that is thinking of starting up or expanding their business.

This session touches upon these resources, focusing mainly on IBIS World, the UK’s most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research Reports. Each report includes chapters on industry outlook and performance, major competitors and barriers to entry as well as speculative reports looking at how Brexit may affect your business.

Location: The Mitchell Library, Business @ The Mitchell, Level 1

MINT UK: How to create targeted sales and marketing lists


Looking for marketing leads? Then register for our free Mint Workshop. Instruction in using the Mint database to obtain marketing lists especially tailored to your needs.​

Location: The Mitchell Library, Business @ The Mitchell, Level 1

A Beginner's Guide to Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is protection for creativity and innovation. An understanding of IP and its protection is important for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, design, brand name, literary work or a song. This session will give you the knowledge to identify the IP assets contained within your business and how best to protect them. The session will cover the four main types of IP protection – copyright, patents, trademarks and designs.

Location: The Mitchell Library, Business @ The Mitchell, Level 1


Business Information Support: One-to-One

Business information drop in sessions are aimed at anyone thinking of becoming self-employed, starting a business and established businesses. Our specialist staff will guide you to information sources to help you research your business idea, start your business, research new markets, find new customers and protect your Intellectual Property.

Business information specialists at The Mitchell or Gorbals Library will guide you to appropriate information sources to help you start and grow your business, at a time to suit you.

Location: The Mitchell Library, Business @ The Mitchell, Level 1
Price: FREE
To book, call 0141 287 2904 or email

Location: Gorbals Library, 180 Crown Street, Glasgow G5 9XD
Price: FREE
If you would like more information about One-to-Ones’s in Gorbals please email:

Workshops - Partner Organisations

Business Gateway and Jobs & Business Glasgow are delivering workshops at Glasgow Libraries to support business start-ups and social enterprise.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway deliver a series of workshops to support business startup and growth. Topics include: start up awareness, business planning, finance, taxation, marketing and a range of workshops supporting digital skills.

Visit Business Gateway for upcoming workshop dates and to reserve your free place.

Jobs & Business Glasgow

Jobs & Business Glasgow provide free workshops to give you the skills to achieve your business goals. Contact for further enterprise support.


Book your free place

For dates and times see our Facebook and Eventbrite pages

Book via Eventbrite or phone 0141 287 2904, email​ or call in person at The Mitchell Library.


Intellectual Property Clinics

In partnership with Creation IP Ltd ​we will be offering a confidential environment for you to discuss your ideas, products, designs and brands with a CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) registered patent attorney.

Location: Business @ The Mitchell, Level 1, The Mitchell Library.