Worcestershire (BIPC) Business Database Reference Resources

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Our business databases

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

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

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British Standards Online

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

British Standards Online includes full text access to current, historic, and draft standards produced by the British Standards Institution. It has c.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

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COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

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. 

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EMIS (Emerging Markets Information Service)

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

EMIS provides Company, Industry and Economic information focusing on the markets of Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. Includes company reports, financial statements and access to over 6.3 million company profiles and 54,000+ news stories every day in more than 147 countries from over 2,000 sources.

Suitable for businesses looking to perform market research in order to trade internationally.

  • Downloading content is only permitted by Library Staff for Authorised Users. Please speak to a member of staff if you wish to download content. 
  • Category: Global Market Research and Company Data 
  • Watch a short EMIS video (opens in a new window)

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Espacenet

Worcestershire Libraries selected free resource

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

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Fame

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed 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.

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IBIS World

Worcestershire County Council subscribed databas

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.

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Kompass 

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

A detailed product and service listing for over 2.8 million companies in 70 countries. A key source for manufacturers and suppliers with over 300,000 topics covered.  

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Local Data Online 

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

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 centres, shopping centres, 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

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NewsBank

Worcestershire County Council subscribed database

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

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Open 4 Business

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

Open 4 Business enables businesses to search for EU, Government and local authority-provided grants, loans, venture capital funds and tax credits. Europe's leading grants and policy information service since 1985, featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities. Suitable for businesses and individuals seeking to identify, apply for and manage funding opportunities available to them.

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Passport (Euromonitor)

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

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.

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Statista

Worcestershire Libraries subscribed database

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