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Access to the right information, reports and databases could help set your business apart from the crowd.

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Through the BIPC, you can access free resources that will give you the information and knowledge to start or grow your business. 

We have a range of Business and Research Databases and expert support to help you take your next step. 

Whether you are looking to turn your idea into a business or grow your current customer base, BIPC Tees Valley is simple and free to use. 

Online business resources

Complete Business Reference Advisor (COBRA)

Access COBRA to explore: 

  • business factsheets and opportunity profiles 
  • sector reports 
  • legal guides 

COBRA is an encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. It also contains hundreds of Business Opportunity Profiles. These will give you detailed, practical advice on types of businesses. COBRA contains all the information you need to turn your idea into a business. 

You can access COBRA remotely using your Stockton-on-Tees Borough Library Card on the COBRA website. 



Access GRANTfinder to explore: 

  • sources of funding 
  • funding information 
  • funding hints and tips 

GRANTfinder is a searchable database that allows you to find UK funding opportunities. It also holds detailed information on policies relating to each funding opportunity. This will help you find the most appropriate type of funding for your business. 



Access IBISWorld to explore: 

  • industry outlook 
  • strategy 
  • key statistics 

IBISWorld is an industry and market research database, compiling detailed country specific reports designed to help businesses make better decisions. IBISWorld's reports give a thorough overview of entire industries, containing everything from industry outlook to key statistics. 



Access Mintel to explore: 

  • market insights 
  • trend drivers 
  • high quality analysis 

Mintel is an internationally recognised specialist in market intelligence. The database is a source of market research, publishing hundreds of detailed reports each year including insights, trend drivers and analysis. Each report gives a detailed overview of market developments and is a vital tool for understanding consumer behaviour. 



Access Kompass to: 

  • contact clients 
  • research companies 
  • generate leads 

Spanning 33 million companies based in 70 different countries, Kompass describes itself as the ultimate business directory. It is a great tool for generating leads and contacting new clients and you can customise the search function to focus on the clients you are looking to reach. 


Local Data Company

Access Local Data Company to explore: 

  • location overviews 
  • demographic data and profiles 
  • occupancy trends 

Local Data Online provides local information on towns, cities and high streets across the UK with an emphasis on retail and leisure. The team at Local Data Online have staff on the ground every week of the year making sure that the data you use is as up to date as possible.