Located in Sheffield's Central Library and based on the successful centre in the British Library in London, we provide access to a range of business databases, trade publications, business literature and guides to support your business information needs. It is free to join and open to everyone.
We can help if you need advice on protecting your intellectual property or are ready to take the next step in your journey.
How to use our resources
Anyone is free to use the centre's resources at the reading room at the Central Library during opening hours. You can also book computers and meeting pods in advance or on a drop in and see what's available.
If you want to access the 24/7 business databases remotely or take books home you'll need to be a library member.
Business and company information
- access to the COBRA (complete business reference advisor) database
- company information from Mint UK and D&B Hoovers Global databases
- selection of business books and start up guides
- market research available on our databases
- current and past editions of newspapers and journals
- E library resources including Newsbank
Intellectual Property Information
- member of Patlib UK
- guidance on protecting your ideas with patents, trademarks, design and copyright
- GB historical patents from 1617 to 1900
Free computers, networking area with study space and private, bookable meeting pods.
Free clinics, workshops and networking events
- patent clinics
- trademark clinics
- Innovator in Residence sessions
- accountancy for business clinic
- Business Legal Advice clinic
Business and market research databases
We can give you access to the following business databases at the centre, with some available remotely.
A practical and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market, including practical how-to guides.
Kompass EasyBusiness is a premium B2B resource containing information on over 43 million companies across 71 countries worldwide.
A global market research database providing statistics and expert analysis on industries, countries, consumers and companies.
A comprehensive database of company information and unincorporated businesses throughout the world. You can access financial information, industry research, director and key contact details, peer groups and comparisons. Global Market research reports are available.
A comprehensive database of information on both public and private companies across the UK and Ireland. It is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing.
Read current and historic articles from UK and European newspapers for free. Search for specific news articles in national and local newspapers including The Star, Yorkshire Post, Financial Times, and Guardian.
A global database providing company, industry and economic information including company reports and financial statements.
The world's leading independent provider of strategic market research. Get data and analysis on thousands of products and services globally.
Frost and Sullivan
A specialist market analysis database focusing on the sciences and technology, providing in-depth global market research and strategy reports.
Enables you to identify, apply for and manage funding. Featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities.
Local Data Online
Provides strategic market research about every retail location across the UK, capturing an accurate and dynamic picture of the UK high street. Historic analysis, present and future forecasts can be taken from this data, enabling you to make better strategic decisions.
In-depth market research reports focussing on businesses that provide services to consumers. Get data and analysis on thousands of products and services globally.
We can provide a bespoke mailing list service for a small fee, which utilises the business database MINTUK. This service is especially useful for anyone interested in locating potential suppliers, compiling a directory of useful addresses, researching the competition or conducting a business analysis by region or industry.
Business Sheffield - Launchpad
The Launchpad programme provides free support to pre-start and new businesses in the Sheffield City Region. It is a fully inclusive programme designed to help ambitious entrepreneurs set up and run successful businesses and support SMEs under 5 years old to take the next step and grow their business.
Have you ever dreamed of working for yourself? Are you already trading and ready to take the next step? Launchpad can help. It’s a programme of services through which you can get a wide range of free support including access to free workshops and events and one to one support from business advisors.