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Databases Explained

When starting your business it’s crucial to understand your market, competitors, and customer trends. The BIPC network provides over £5 million worth of resources, such as online company reports from top publishers, company data from 144 million UK companies, 700,000 company reports, and 60 million patents. Now that’s a lot of information! So here, we just wanted to give you a rundown of some of our available databases, explained in one place! 

Frost & Sullivan 

Frost & Sullivan is an American business consulting firm. BIPC has access to it’s entire database of market research, analysis and growth strategy. 


COBRA is the complete Business Reference Advisor! It is essentially a huge database with step-by-step guides detailing how to set up ANY  business! Whether you’re an app developer, osteopath, hairdresser or independent retailer you can find reams of best practice guidance tailored to your line of business!

Grant Finder

Need cash? This is the place to be! Grant Finder is a website where you can search the available funding opportunities to help support your small business or social enterprise to grow and prosper.


Thinking of expanding your business into emerging markets? EMIS holds one of the world;s biggest databases of information, market reports and current trends froma variety of business sectors covering Asia, Central and Easter Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. 

Experian Market IQ

Are you forever chasing invoices? When you are taking on a new client, provider or working with a new company it’s important to have a clear understanding of their business. Experian Market IQ is a website that uses multiple data sources to give insights into a business’s financial stability and payment profile. This means you can look up the company you are about to sign a contact with, and see the average time that it takes for them to pay an invoice! 

British Standards

British Standards refers to the specification of recommended procedure, quality of output, terminology and other details, in a particular field making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials. So whether you want to reinvent the vacuum cleaner, investigate how to make your business practices more sustainable, or work out the best people to supply those pesky parts you can’t find, then this is the database for you!

Kompass Easy Business 

Kompass Easy Business is a database where you can search for companies or business contracts from over 70 countries. Whether you’re looking for new suppliers, or building a list of potential stockists with this global B2B (business-to-business) directory, you will be able to identify a suitable company, locally nationally or internationally. 

Local Data Online

Local Data Online – Need information on consumer patterns in your local area? Local Data Online is your one-stop shop! On this site you can find localised information on high streets, cities, and towns with a focus on retail and leisure. See overviews, demographics, occupancy/vacancy changes and gap analyses for a particular place, or compare the location or brand!

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