Business research can include information on company reports, share price data, directors 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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Books on these subjects can be found under these numbers on the shelf.
|Business research methods