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Welcome to birmingham.gov.uk

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COBRA - The Complete Business Reference Adviser

Business and Learning provides this free internet service to every home and business in Birmingham as part of its mission to: start new businesses, help established ones grow and individuals to prosper.

You don't need to be a library member to look at the site on a library computer. If you want to use it on your home, college or office computer, you need to have a library card. Membership is free to anyone who lives, works or studies in Birmingham. You can join online or at your nearest library.

Cobra Services include:

  • Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) 100s of business start up profiles.

  • Business Information Factsheets (BIFs) - over 300 practical how-to guides, reports, checklists and fact sheets covering hundreds of business subjects. Markets - market research guides covering UK business sectors.

  • Local Area Profiles - summaries of vital information specific to local, urban and rural areas around the UK, covering the business and commercial environment and sources of business support in each local area.

  • Business Support and Finance - a directory of over 2,000 business support schemes, initiatives, grants, subsidies, events and UK providers of support.

  • Business Legal Library - clear and concise explanations on over 300 current laws and regulations facing small businesses.

  • Sources of Business Information - a directory of organisations dealing with issues relevant to setting up and running a small business.

  • Events and Exhibitions - a national database of events and exhibitions.

  • Useful Contacts - a directory containing contact details for organisations of interest to anyone involved in setting up or running a business.