Get the knowledge and information you need to start, run and grow your business

Access to the right information is vital as you start up and run your business. Through the Business & IP Centre, a wealth of free resources are available to you, which include the largest selection of Business and Research Databases in the South West. Many of these can be accessed from home with your library card, whilst others are available through public computers in Exeter, Barnstaple or Paignton Libraries.  

 Our online resources provide valuable information and data, at no cost to library members. Whether you’re looking for guidance on starting up, need to know what funding is available, are embarking on a market research project, or investigating companies, emerging trends or technologies in your field, we can help!   

 You will also find books (of course!), both print and online, and an extensive range of magazines, including The Entrepreneur and The Economist, through our Libby app. Take a look at the details below, or get in touch to learn more.  

Business Resources

IBIS World Interface


Free UK industry reports, Brexit impact statements, COVID impact statements and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reports Are you a

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KOmpass Easy Business

Kompass EasyBusiness

Search for companies or business contacts from over 70 countries with this global B2B (business-to-business) directory. Whether you’re looking for

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Local Data Online Interface

Local Data Online

Localised information on high streets, cities and towns, with a focus on retail and leisure. See overviews, demographics, occupancy/vacancy changes

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NeWsBank Interface


A comprehensive news collection, featuring South West regional titles and UK business titles, alongside local, regional, national and international sources.

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Statista front page


Statista is a global statistics database, containing tables, charts and infographics from  170 industries and more than 150 countries. Individual charts/tables

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FabLab Names

FabLab Devon

Situated in both Exeter Library and Barnstaple Library, FabLab Devon is an open-source, not-for-profit, community resource for digital making and

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