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.

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


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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