Business and funding eResources


Business and Funding eResources

Access to resources that can help you with your business plan, create marketing lists, research your market and source funding. See also our Industry Guides and related Business information in our Business & IP Centre Glasgow webpages. We now have a Coronavirus Business Support page with additional information.

Please note: If you have any issue accessing these resources please speak to a member of staff or contact the BIPC Glasgow team for support.

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Are you thinking about changing your career or being your own boss? Get started by using COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser). Find business and career ideas, research your target market or explore different business sectors, get help to write your business plan and understand how to apply your skills. Available from work or home with your Glasgow Library card. Note: COBRA is adding regular Coronavirus updates

FAME is the definitive source of private company information in the UK and Ireland. Find out more about potential employers, business opportunities or create targeted marketing lists. Read only version available within all Glasgow Libraries. Downloadable version available at The Mitchell Library.

Please note: While our library buildings are closed remote access to FAME can be arranged by contacting us at Library membership is required but you can easily join online.

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Market Research resource IBISWorld is the UK’s most comprehensive collection of Industry Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings. Analysis of hundreds of industries including risk scores & revenue forecasts. UK Brexit Impact statements also available. Available within all Glasgow Libraries. Video tutorials are available to guide you through the reports.

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BSOL (British Standards Onine) provides full access to British and adopted European and International standards. Standards determine the goods we consume and the services we are provided with, from the safety of products to quality management procedures.

Available from work or home with your Glasgow Library card. When accessing from home, log into the online catalogue in the first instance before clicking on the BSOL link.


The ABI/Inform Collection, included in Proquest Central, comprises research databases covering Business, Management, Trade & Industry reports and journal articles. Features periodicals such as the Economist and Financial Times, as well as newspapers, plus country and industry focused reports. Available from work or home with your Glasgow Library card.

Funds Online Search for grant givers who provide funding for individuals or groups and increase your fundraising success. Available in the Mitchell Library (General Services Department)

Access to Research provides access to many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers including those covering enterprise research, social media in business analytics and intellectual property rights. Abstracts and open source material can be accessed remotely and full text versions are available in all Glasgow Libraries.

Overdrive offers full-colour digital magazines with dozens of business related titles to choose from such as The Economist, MoneyWeek and Entrepreneur magazine. Free to access once you sign up with your library card.