Business & IP Centre Devon

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser)

Looking for small business guidance but don’t know where to turn? You’ve come to the right place!

COBRA is a priceless online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports.

Free small business advice available from your local library

Everything that your start-up or growing small business needs to know, all in one place.

Whether you’re an app developer, osteopath, hair salon or independent retailer, you can find reams of information, guidance, ideas and best practices that are tailored to your particular line of business! 

Don’t waste time reinventing the wheel – access best practice tips and factsheets, all free of charge.  

Sector specific small business and uk industry factsheets on:

  • Sector overview and trading issues
  • Industry snapshots – what’s happening in any your business sector
  • Legal issues and potential pitfalls
  • Advice on qualifications needed and training courses
  • Best practice and skills advice
  • Overview of trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Guides on copyright and data protection
  • Advice on engaging freelancers
  • Factsheets on common tax and VAT issues
  • Factsheets on terms of engagement & contracts
  • Project management software
  • Pitching for business guidance
  • Insurance factsheets
  • Where to look for extra information

General small business factsheets on:

  • First time employers
  • Hiring Staff 
  • National minimum wage
  • Guide to the equality act
  • And much more


Access to the COBRA resource is available in any Libraries Unlimited library and online to registered library members from home or at work. Log into COBRA. To access from home, enter your Devon or Torbay library card number in the box at the top right of the screen. For help or guidance contact us today!

And that’s not all….
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Need some extra help?

‘User guides’ are now being produced for each database, helping you get the most of out of the business data.

If a user guide exists, it will be available above. If no ‘View User Guide’ is showing, it is still being created.

If you need any further help, please contact us.

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