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Date updated: 10/11/2021

"I look forward to another year, utilising the various SBREC resources. I am happy to say that remote access has been great for my requirements."

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Understanding your market is key to the success of your business and is something that you need to review throughout the lifetime of your business. Our international market research resources will help you understand the key trends of the moment and, more importantly, provide forecasts of what might happen in your sector. These forecasts are essential in helping you grow your business and identifying where new opportunities lie.

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Cobra (available remotely with a free Access or Subscription membership) contains sector guides and industry snapshots covering all industry sectors with statistics and links to articles and reports. It lists organisations active in different sectors and the research they have carried out. It also has a wealth of practical information about starting and running your business, including guides to researching your market and carrying out questionnaires and surveys.

IBISWorld (available remotely with a Subscription membership) has detailed market research with industry overviews, SWOT analyses, performance and statistics. It looks at the capital intensity of the market, barriers to entry and the competitive landscape. It has 5 year forecasts and covers the UK, overseas and regional markets.

MarketLine (available remotely with a Subscription membership) contains worldwide market research with analysis and trends covering all sectors. Each report looks at the market segmentation and share and uses a five forces analysis to provide in depth look at competition and ease of entry to a market. It provides 5-year market forecasts. The country reports and statistical data will enable you to research in depth potential markets overseas. It also contains leading company profiles.

Statista (available remotely with a Subscription membership) provides worldwide statistics and forecasts for all consumer markets and industry sectors as well as demographics, economics and other statistics. It also has overviews and financial data for 15 million companies worldwide.

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 today!

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.