Online resources

6. Support for businesses

Ask About Business

Ask About Business is available through the local library network across Greater Manchester. It provides a wealth of information and advice for businesses of all sizes.

Services include:

  • Patent and Intellectual Property clinics
  • free online information resources
  • company and sector information
  • information workshops


COBRA - Complete Online Business Reference Advisor - is ideal for anyone looking to start a business, write a business plan or conduct research into a new market. COBRA contains around 4000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, and sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs. This service is available free of charge through the Greater Manchester library services. All you need is your library card number.


MintUK is a comprehensive database of UK company and business intelligence. It includes information on companies’ financials, management and corporate structures, plus additional intelligence such as news and industry research.

Business Stockport

Business Stockport provides advice and support for starting, growing and investing in Businesses in Stockport. You can access these pages through the free computers in your local library.