Business database reference resources

Business database reference resources

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Worcestershire provides free access to a wide selection of subscription only databases and up to date business information.

Resources available

All are available to Worcestershire library members either from public computers in library buildings or remotely using your own digital devices.

British standards online

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

  • Available in all Worcestershire libraries

Access British standards online

British standards online includes full text access to current, historic, and draft standards produced by the British Standards Institution. It has 40,000 current British, European and International standards, covering products and services. Updated daily.

Standards help make a business more efficient, improve the quality of a business’ products and services, help gain new customers and boost that all important bottom line. 

Please note, this is a view-only subscription – printing is not permitted.

  • Category: Standards – Business, Science, Technology and Medicine

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database.

  • Available online to all Worcestershire library members

Access Cobra and sign in using your library card number 

An encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Suitable for pre-start and start-up businesses, it provides support and guidance for those initial planning stages, helping you to understand what is needed to get started. Includes over 4,000 fact sheets and local area profiles. 

  • Download up to 10 reports per week
  • Category: Business Advice and Funding Sources

Watch a short COBRA video


Worcestershire libraries selected free resource

Access Espacenet

Online international patent search facility from The European patent office website. Ideal research tool for inventors and businesses looking to innovate and those who are planning to apply for a patent. Many complete specifications are available. The coverage varies by country.

Suitable for inventors or businesses looking to innovate.

This resource is freely available online.

  • Category: intellectual property - patents


Worcestershire libraries subscribed database

  • Available in the following libraries: Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, The Hive.

Access FAME database

FAME is a UK & Irish company database listing 9 million companies with access to information such as accounts and director details. Searches can be made by industry, location or financial information.

  • Terms and conditions: credit ratings cannot be downloaded, copying, saving or printing out a substantial part of the database is not allowed.
  • Category: UK company data

IBIS world

Worcestershire County Council subscribed database

  • Available in the following libraries: Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, The Hive

Access IBIS World

IBIS World provides over 400 industry reports, including full UK research reports, business environmental profiles, Brexit Impact statements and summary reports. These are regularly updated, allow for industry data comparisons and help businesses and start-ups understand industry and market conditions. Ideal for entrepreneurs and early stage businesses and for those needing to do market research for business planning.

IBIS terms and conditions apply

  • Category: Market Research

Local data online

Worcestershire libraries subscribed database.

  • Available in the following libraries: Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, The Hive

Access local data online

Contact us {LINK TO} or ask a member of staff for the username and password.

Retail location data and insight for 2,700 UK locations, 450 business types and thousands of companies. Includes market analysis, profiling and risk analysis for high streets, town centers, shopping centers, retail parks and out of town stores. A valuable tool for retailers or those looking to start a business on a high street.

  • Terms and conditions apply
  • Category: market research


Worcestershire County Council subscribed database.

  • Available at The Hive with a Worcestershire Library card

Access NewsBank and sign in using your library card number 

NewsBank is a comprehensive news resource that includes online newspapers, journals, blogs, videos and broadcast transcripts. Featuring local, regional, national, and international titles.

  • Terms and conditions can be read on the database website
  • Category: news

Passport (Euromonitor)

Worcestershire libraries subscribed database.

  • Available at The Hive only

Access Euromonitor International

Provides comparable international market intelligence on countries, consumers and industries. Contains over 4,500 global, country, industry and company reports covering 50 countries.

Gather global intelligence for independent research projects, teaching, and to inform strategic business decisions.

  • Print up to 20 pages of text per day, ask a member of staff to support if you wish to print. 
  • Category: market research

Passport Terms and conditions apply

Watch short Passport video


Worcestershire libraries subscribed database.

  • Available in the following libraries: Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch, The Hive

Access Statista

Statista provides quick and convenient access to statistics, forecasts, studies, and sources on over 80,000 topics. The Statista database consists of market data from over 22,500 reliable UK, European, North and South American and Asian sources on more than 170 major industries.

Statista offers unlimited downloads of statistics in formats such as PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, or PNG, as well as the publication rights of all Statista statistics and graphs

  • Category: Market Research and Statistics

Statista Terms and conditions apply

Watch a short Statista video

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