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Access to business information databases for market research

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Advance bookings (no walk-ins allowed) to visit the Centre for free access to business research databases on our dedicated PCs

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Do you need to research your market? We can give you access, at no cost, to major market research and business information databases including Mintel, IBISWorld, Fame, Grantfinder & more.

The subscription costs for many of these resources would be beyond the reach of most small businesses, so come and make use of them. Book an appointment.

Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance

You may select up to 3 databases to use during your appointment - see the list below for details

If you need more information - email us at

All booked sessions will take place in the Business & Intellectual Property Centre in the Reading Room at the Central Library. A face covering must be worn at all times while you are on the premises

Market Research

  • EMIS - Emerging Markets Information Service : A global database providing company, industry and economic information including company reports and financial statements.
  • Frost & Sullivan: A specialist market analysis database focusing on the sciences and technology, providing in-depth global market research and strategy reports.
  • IBIS World market research reports. A global market research database providing statistics and expert analysis on industries, countries, consumers and companies.
  • Mintel: Mintel provides in-depth market research reporting focussing on businesses that provide services to consumers. If you want to understand your consumers and their lifestyles– this is absolutely the go to database.

Company Data

  • D&B Hoovers: A comprehensive global database of company information and unincorporated businesses, with access to financial information, industry research, director and key contact details, peer groups and comparisons.
  • FAME: A comprehensive database of information on both public and private companies across the UK and Ireland. It is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing.
  • Kompass: The ultimate global business directory enabling you to find new business and marketing leads. Remote access online is available for library members

Advice & Funding information

  • COBRA - Complete Business Reference Adviser : An encyclopaedia of practical information for anyone wanting to start a business. With thousands of factsheets, market reports and business opportunity profiles, all the information you need to start and plan your business. Remote access online is available for library members
  • Grantfinder: Featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities. If you're looking for Grants, loans, venture capital or equity finance opportunities, this is the database for you.
  • Local Data Online: Retail location data and insight for 2,700 UK locations covering over 600,000 retail and leisure units. They are examining every retail location across the UK to capture an accurate and dynamic picture of the UK high street.
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The Business and IP Centre in Sheffield is a hub for advice on Intellectual Property and offers a range of workshops, talks and networking opportunities. We help you to develop your ideas and help you understand all you need to know about protecting your business idea from the start.

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