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Business Resources

The Business & IP Centre Grimsby can help you conduct your own research and trained library staff are on hand to help you find the information you need.

Within Lincs Inspire Libraries

You’ll find the main collection of business resources at Grimsby Central Library. You can search for business publications in the library catalogue and reserve items to collect at your nearest branch. We offer bookable PCs with Microsoft Office software, free access to the Internet and study spaces.

Online publications

We also have a wide range of business e-books available. You can download and read these on your computer, smartphone, tablet or e-reader.

Free database subscriptions

BIPC Grimsby provides free access to a great selection of online subscriptions. These provide up-to-date business information, including market research, grants and company reports. All of Lincs Inspire Libraries have access to these online databases – booking may be required for some of the databases. Databases are listed below:


COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) provides access to a broad range of information covering the essentials of starting and running a business in the UK.

If you’re looking to take the first steps on your business journey, use COBRA’s ‘Business Opportunity Profiles’ to gather the essential information on a multitude of different business ideas.

For existing businesses, COBRA can provide the latest know-how through ‘Sector Updates’, plus a host of further resources including business events and a legal library.

Use COBRA as the starting point to find the business information you need.

To access COBRA all you need is a library card – sign up for free today.


The essential business market platform for any organisation or professional involved in mergers and acquisitions.

Direct access to comprehensive and high quality business and financial data.

Experian MarketIQ reveals new layers of market insight by combining the Corpfin global M&A database with comprehensive Companies House data and market leading business, financial and risk databases – all on a single platform.

*Accessible from library computers only.

IBIS World

IBISWorld marries data and graphs with detailed insight and context.

A neat package to explore the latest analysis on the performance and projections of UK industries and sectors through ‘Industry reports’.

Gauge the latest implications of COVID and Brexit through the ‘Impact’ tool.

*Accessible from library computers only.

Local Data Company

Local information on towns, cities and high streets across the UK, with a special emphasis on retail and leisure.

Use Local Data Online to see location overviews, demographic data, occupancy rates and much more. Local Data Online will give you a detailed picture of your local market.

Use the ‘Boundaries’ tool to view the data in a specifically drawn geographical area.

*Accessible from library computers only.


Unrivalled insights into how UK consumers think, choose, browse and buy – today and tomorrow.

Experts in Market Intelligence, Mintel provides world-leading research and analysis that gives you detailed data on every major British business sector and unrivalled insights into how UK consumers think, choose, browse and buy – today and tomorrow.

*Accessible from library computers only.


Kompass EasyBusiness – powerful B2B data search platform.

Kompass hosts a slick, accessible interface to search individual company and market listings in specific regions from over 70 different countries.

To export data and download from Kompass, email with your search criteria and we will download the data on your behalf.

*Accessible from library computers only.

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