Business databases

Please note, some databases are subscription based and can only be accessed from within the Business Library.

Birmingham City Council Trading Standards
The council’s Trading Standards officers protect your interests, as a consumer and as a business, by checking that traders and individuals keep within the law. This web site gives you direct access to all their services and assistance or freephone 0800 413381.

Birmingham Economy
Birmingham City Councils' Economic Research and Analysis page including information on the local labour market and area profiles.

COBRA
Business Start-up factsheets. No password required on computers in Birmingham libraries. This database can be accessed from outside libraries provided you have a valid Birmingham Libraries card.
Can be accessed on your own computer providing you have a Birmingham Libraries card.

The databases listed below require staff authentication:

Contrax Online
Contracts information.

Creditsafe
Credit rating service for companies.

Docs4biz
Access to over 1,000 documents including letters and contracts. Also covers employment, environment, health and safety, tax and VAT.

Ethical Consumer Magazine
The Ethical Consumer produces buyer's guides on ethical brands, products and services. Please note that this is just an index and does not contain the full text of articles.

Exhibition Bulletin
Listings or all the world's major exhibitions and venues.

Fairtrade Wholesale Catalogue
Exclusively fairtrade products.

FT ePaper
Web version of the Financial Times newspaper with full text search including a three week archive.

Grantfinder
Sources of grants from governments, charities and other organisations.

Grocer Directory of Manufacturers and Suppliers
From the publishers of The Grocer magazine.

IBISWorld
Keynote is an extensive market reports plus company information database.
Access to the database is onsite only and restrictions do apply.

The Knowledge
Entertainments industry resource.

Kompass
Business directory.

Mintel
Mintel market research database.

Mint UK
An extensive company information database.

Mint Global
A global version of the Mint database.

Northcote
Investment tool.

Personnel Manager's Yearbook
Includes advanced search facilities and additional European data.

SMMT Motor Directory
Use 'Browse the motor industry directory' to search for suppliers by company name, brand name or product and service.
Please note that you cannot use computers in libraries to request quotations.

Unsigned Guide
Music industry contacts directory.

Which? Local
Local edition of "Which" magazine.

Which? Online
"Which?" magazine online.
Also available at Sutton Coldfield Library.