Business Resources

Business Research

  • Access to Research
    Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access over 1.5 million of the world’s best academic papers through their local libraries in Cambridgeshire, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available. Available in libraries only. Book a library computer
  • COBRA - the Complete Business Reference Adviser
    COBRA provides critical business facts, compliance and trading details  covering hundreds of the most common small business trades, sectors and professions. Access is temporarily available from home using your Cambridgeshire Libraries membership card.
  • FAME
  • Assess a company’s financial strength; analyse a company in relation to its peers; find companies that match your profiles including size, industry and location - combine hundreds of criteria; find all companies in the same corporate “family” and look at complex organizational structures in clear diagrams. Export your results for analysis or business development projects. Access is only available at Cambridge Central Library. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.
  • IBISWorld
    IBISWorld industry reports are powerful business tools that provide strategic insights and analysis on over 400 UK industries. Each report consists of 25 to 30 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and historical performance; five-year forecasts on revenue, imports, exports, employment and other key statistics; major industry participants with market share and more. Access is only available at Cambridge Central Library. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Consumer Advice

  • Which?
    'Which?' works for you reviewing products and services, so that you make the best purchase decisions for your needs. Access is only available in libraries. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government body responsible for granting IP rights. IP for Business from the IPO is a range of online tools designed to help you understand, identify, protect and exploit your IP assets to their fullest potential.

IP Equip is a free online intellectual property (IP) course brought to you by the experts at the UK Intellectual Property Office. The tools are designed for businesses and business advisors, although they will helpful for anyone learning how to manage or use IP.

Intellectual Property Databases

Intellectual Property Databases
August 2018
Size: 235KBFile format: pdf

The following databases are only at the British Library Business and IP Centre (B&IPC) in London. 

  • Derwent Innovation List 
  • British Patents 1617-1899 Document Store

You need to contact the B&IPC directly to make an appointment to search these databases.

Patent Information

  • Espacenet 
    Free access to over 100 million patent documents
  • Patent Scope
    Provides access to the International Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.