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Introduction to Company Information

Business research can include information on company reports, share price datadirectors or shareholders, ownership structures, business statistics, credit ratings, market research and articles in trade journals and newspapers

There are many websites, databases and other sources which can be used to research businesses based in the UK; the availability of information depends on the legal status of a business and the disclosure requirements. All limited companies in the UK are registered at Companies House and are required to file:

  • Annual return - information about directors and company secretary, registered office address, shareholders and share capital
  • Annual accounts- all companies must keep accounting records.

As well as our subscribed sources a company's own website can also be a useful source of information on corporate structures, services, products, contacts, vacancies and links to annual reports and newsletters.

Business & IP Centre Brighton & Hove

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Brighton & Hove, based Brighton's Jubilee Library, supports entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses. It  offers 1-2-1 expert advice and access to a range of free information - business databases, market research reports, company data and information on intellectual property. 

Kompass EasyBusiness and Local Data Online can be accessed remotely by registering with your library card. It is free to join the local library service. 

The centre can be contacted by emailing  


Images of a row of library books

Books on these subjects can be found under these numbers on the shelf.

Accounting 657
Business law   346.07
Business research methods    658.0072
Corporate finance    658.15
Marketing    658. 8



Financial data

Annual Reports

Articles and News