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Your Information Librarian


Dan Scutt  

Information Librarian - Law, Business & Communications


     Office  - ML110 (First floor of the Library)

    Telephone - 023 8201 6210

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If you would like help with finding and accessing quality information for your assignment please get in touch with Dan Scutt.


Business Start-up

There are lots of eResources to help you find information.

Don't forget books! 
Books on the practicalities of business-start-up are on Floor 0C at 658.11s.

The theory of entrepreneurship is on Floor 1A at 658.412.

You may also want to try this academic journal:

  ProQuest Business is the major resource for enterprise and entrepreneurship: 

  Sample business plans and video clips.
 News and articles on competitors

 Practical real-world business information from Trade Journals (refine your search on the left)
 Dedicated Entrepreneurship section and 
Help guide

  All the information you need to run or start up a business...

  400 guides to different kinds of business
  How to write a business plan
  Funding opportunities, sources of finance and grant information
  Local contacts
  Intellectual property rights and patents
  Different types of companies and set-up
  Employment, health and safety and other legislation

Other eResources

helps you identify a UK company’s main competitors using the Peer Report/Analysis tool. 

It can also be used to:

 create lists of companies in a particular industry or geographical area
 create lists of companies with a certain number of employees or turnover
 create lists of company contacts/addresses for mailing purposes
 access company structures, shareholder information and financial accounts

If your company is not listed in FAME:

  • try OSIRIS for international companies
  • most public companies will have an annual report listed on their website.

WARC can help you explore trends in consumer behaviour and assess advertising and marketing opportunities:

includes a Pitch Support module with a new business guide

TGI has consumer survey data based on an annual survey of 25,000 adults in the UK and can help with market demographics:

An excellent source for researching market share, trends, buyer behaviour and more:

Use to find British advertising rates and circulation data:

Useful Websites 

Business and self-employed 
The government's online resource for you and your business. 

British Library Business and IP Centre 
British Library help for small and start-up business. 

Great Business 
Support to start, grow and accelerate your business from the government. 

Start up Britain 
A national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.

Doing Business Guides
Links to guides on doing business with a range of different countries

Top Employers Institute

Lists Top Employers worldwide and offers certification

How to start a business in 20 days