Business Research

Access to business information databases for research & development

Access to the databases is currently limited; please see the COVID-19 Updates page for details.

In addition to hard-copy information and periodicals, the Centre subscribes to a range of business information databases. These are free-to-access, enabling users to research a business idea, look at sector trends, develop a product, scope the competition or look for potential customers to support the start up and growth of local companies.

The subscription costs for many of these resources would be beyond the reach of most small businesses, so it pays to make the most of them, Make an appointment to come and see us and we’ll do our best to direct you to where you’ll be able to access the information you need and assist you to navigate the databases. Or you can pop in and use the resources yourself, within our dedicated BIPC IT suite.

Online Business Information Resources:

Companies & Market Information

  • Avention / D&B Hoovers

    Library access only

    UK and international company information, plus market reports by country. Possibility to build lists of businesses based on several criteria.

  • Cobra

    Library access only

    Practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Includes detailed business opportunity profiles and factsheets.

  • Companies House

    The government agency that deals with registered companies.

  • EMIS

    Library access only

    Analysis, data and news on companies, industries and countries; with a focus on emerging markets.

  • Euromonitor

    Library access only

    Global market research.

  • Frost & Sullivan

    Library access only

    Global market research.

  • IBISWorld

    Library access only

    Market reports (UK only) with detailed snapshot of each sector, including competitive landscape and key external drivers affecting the industry.

  • Kompass EasyBusiness

    Library access
    Remote access via Newcastle Libraries online catalogue (if you are not a Newcastle Libraries member, join online)

    International company information. Possibility to build lists of businesses based on several criteria.

  • Mintel

    Library access only

    Market reports (UK only) with a focus on consumer usage, consumer behaviour and attitude towards the product/service.

Law and regulations

  • British Standards Online

    Library access only

    National and international standards for all types of products and processes.

  • GOV.UK

    The official central point for the UK government services and information.

Intellectual Property

  • Espacenet

    Patent search: free access to more than 80 million patent documents worldwide, containing information about inventions and technical developments from 1836 to today.

  • European Patent Office (EPO)

    Find information on applying and searching for patents, legal issues on patents, patent grants, rules and regulations about European and international patent applications.

  • InnovAccess

    The Innovaccess network brings together national Intellectual Property Offices sharing a common goal: providing IP support to SMEs

  • Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

    The UK national agency for intellectual property. Find information about patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. Search the databases and apply online.

  • EU IPO

    EU IPO is the trademark and designs registry for the internal market of the European Union.

  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

    WIPO is a specialised agency of the United Nations dealing with copyright, patents and trademarks.


  • Access to Research

    Library access only

    Free to view journals, for the latest research and academic articles in a wide range of disciplines.

  • GRANTfinder

    Library access only; please ask a member of staff to be logged in

    Searchable database of available grants and funding.

  • North East Growth Hub

    Information on business support and funding for existing businesses and start-ups in the region.

  • Which? Magazine

    Library access only; please ask a member of staff to be logged in

    Searchable online version of the consumer magazine. Includes product reviews and general advice.

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Contact us today if you’re interested in receiving business support. We'll help give you the skills, confidence and knowledge to grow and protect your business.

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