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The City Business Library subscribes to specialist resources which provide company information and can be used to create a Business-to-Business (B2B) contact list free of charge.

Business to business database training sessions

Learn how to create contacts lists and find competitor data in our one hour hands-on training sessions.  Sessions cost £10 and must be booked in advance. See our seminars and events for course dates.

Business contacts lists

Create your own free B2B contacts list using these databases:

  • Fame: information on over 4 million active UK and Irish companies. Download up to 250 companies per day.
  • Mint: find contact details for over 160 million active companies worldwide. Download up to 250 companies per day.

You can download B2B contacts lists free of charge (within the limits stated above) onto a memory stick, or email them to yourself.  The library can provide company lists to your specification for a charge.  Please contact the library for further information at

Company information

Use these electronic resources to find company profiles and financial details:

  • Fame: UK and Ireland. Access up to 10 years of financial data and contact details for over 4.4 million active UK and Irish companies.
  • IBISWorld: find mini profiles on lead companies in over 400 UK industries.
  • MarketLine Advantage: Global. Find over 30,000 company reports and almost 400,000 news articles on companies. Remote access is available to library members.
  • Mint Global: provides up to 10 years of financial data and contact details for more than 160 million active companies worldwide.
  • Passport (Euromonitor): Find profiles of leading companies in 30 countries.
  • Retail Directory: Find details of UK shops and chains including names of buyers and executives. Also lists wholesalers and shopping centres and includes a buyers guide to opening and fitting out retail premises.

Press coverage

To find the latest news on companies, use the following electronic resources:

  • Business Source Premier: full text for more than 2,300 journals and includes articles on marketing, management, accounting, finance and economics.   Remote access is available to library members.
  • European Newsstream: access over 430 UK national, international and regional newspapers online.  Remote access is available to library members.
  • Trade journals and national newspapers in print format. Titles can be checked on the catalogue