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30 July 2014


If you’re thinking about setting up your own enterprise, or are already in business, the Essex Libraries Business Information Service can provide you with access to reliable and up-to-date information to support your decisions.

Whether you want to speak to trained staff to find the information you need, or prefer to research your business requirements using our online resources, we can help.


Valuable information sources for your business needs

The Business Information Service subscribes to a variety of information sources you can use in the library or, in some cases, from your own computer. All you need is your Essex Libraries card.
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British Standards Online
British Standards Online

Current and historical British Standards to help you maintain best practice and ensure legal compliance. For use in library or from home. View an introduction to this title.
COBRA - Complete Business Reference Advisor

COBRA – business opportunity profiles, information factsheets, market research and local area profiles. For use in library or from home. View an introduction to this title  

In Library
At Home

Key Note
Key Note Online

Thousands of comprehensive market reports which include market forecasts, SWOT and PEST analysis, competitor analysis, consumer research and more. Company information relates to over 7 million companies, for financial and personnel details enabling performance analysis and benchmarking.
For use in library only. View an introduction to this title

In Library only

Over 50 business journals and newswires. For use in library or from home
To use these resources in any library you can book a session on a library computer or by telephone on 0845 603 7628.
Alternatively, you can ask us to help find the information you want; call us on 01245 492535 or email your enquiry to

Getting started in business  

We can help you find out about hundreds of business opportunities, including market potential and how to get started. If you already have a particular idea, our trained staff can help you get the information you need.
With this you can assess the viability of your ideas, get guidance through the process of starting up and tackle all the practicalities of finance, employing staff, marketing, tax and everything else involved in running your business. 


Helping your business to grow

If you are already in business, we can provide free company credit checks, detailed company reports and market research, saving you time and money.

Call us on 01245 492535 or email your enquiry to to get the help you need.


Help with your business tax matters

HM Revenue & Customs offers a range of free services to help you understand your responsibilities and give you the confidence to get it right, first time. This might be especially useful for the newly self-employed and new employers.

A range of free workshops and seminars are held covering subjects such as Income Tax, National Insurance, PAYE, Self Assessment, VAT and International Trade.