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Import and export for small business

Date updated: 12/10/2021

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"

Lao Tzu

Is your business in importing and/or exporting?
Or are you looking for new global opportunities?
SBREC has resources that can help you. From profiles on countries worldwide, including the ‘ease of doing business’, key contacts and industry profiles to statistics on commodities traded worldwide.

Email us with your import and export enquiry/data request

You can access these databases with a SBREC membership.

  • You will need a subscription membership to access our databases that 'available remotely' from anywhere in the UK.
  • A free (Access) membership will give you access to all our databases in person at the Centre, which is open Mon, Wed + Thurs -10am-4pm.

Exporters Almanac (available remotely with Access or Subscription membership) has links to online industry directories worldwide, plus international trade organisations and business networks.

Global Trade Tracker (available remotely with a Subscription membership) contains detailed commodity trade statistics (value, volume, price) with monthly and yearly data from 2002 to date. Uses the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).

IBISWorld (available remotely with a Subscription membership) is primarily a market research tool looking at the UK, overseas and regional markets and contains mini profiles on companies.

MarketLine (available remotely with a Subscription membership) has detailed profiles of 100,000 leading companies throughout the world including financials, SWOT analyses and deals. It also contains worldwide market research with analysis and trends, country reports and statistical data.

Statista (available remotely with a Subscription membership) has profiles and financials for 15 million companies worldwide. It also provides worldwide statistics.

We have a range of short video demos for each of our databases.
These are available to view on our Small Business Research and Enterprise YouTube Channel, these will show you how to use our databases and what you can find in them.

Membership is required to get access to data. Become a SBREC member

Visit our blog to read articles about starting a business. from industry professionals and successful start ups who have lots of experience to share.

Press articles are a powerful source of business information, and you can access our databases with your membership.

Business Source Premier and European Newsstream (both available remotely and at the Centre) contain thousands of articles that are useful for finding out trends, information on companies, and tips and advice on practical issues such as advertising or managing staff. You will also be able to use Access to Research (available at the Centre) and Ebsco Discovery Search (available remotely and at the Centre) which also include articles and reports from many sources.