The Business and IP Centre Hull has resources and information to help you start, grow and protect your business.

Access these free resources at home, work, or in the library.

You will need a library card to use some of the online resources.

If you can’t find the information you need, email your enquiry to

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Complete business reference advisor is a great place to start. It has 1000s of practical factsheets on all aspects of starting, running and managing a small business, including sector profiles, tax, and legal information. Available in Hull Libraries and at home to registered library members. 

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Trying to understand an industry? IBISWorld has current research on 100s of industries in the UK, China, USA and Australia including statistics, analysis and forecasts. Use it to understand market size, competitors and drafting business plans.

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Experian MarketIQ is designed to enable quick access to the best quality information on UK businesses including Companies House Documents and Global Mergers and Acquisitions, through simple Company Name or Registered Number look up.

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Wanting to create a new product? British Standards Online provides access to over 1000s current, draft and historical standards to ensure your product meet current legal standards.

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Statista: Market and consumer data – consolidates statistical data on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources. Use to collect and prepare market, customer and competitive information including company information.

Available in Hull Libraries

User guides

You can access and download our user guides.

News and magazines

Keep up to date with current trends and news either at home or in your local library -