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Business Information : Tools of the Trade

11 September, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Perfect for Start-Ups & SMEs – Introduction to the BIPC business databases for startups, funding, company information and market research

Tools for Start-ups, Funding, Information on companies and Market Research.

Here at the BIPC we have a fantastic array of business databases to make starting and running your own business easier, helping you every step of the way – this database session will guide you through how to use them to help your business develop and grow. From an online business mentor to a huge funding database, from information about your competitors or b2b (business to business) customers to market research into your industry and customer base, these tools will enable you to make informed decisions and reduce the risks when starting a new venture.

Effective business planning and research will allow you to forecast financial outcomes, look into your competition, find a niche in the market, develop a marketing strategy as well as being essential in creating business plans and applying for funding.

In this workshop, we’ll look at:

  • An overview of how to access the business databases via the BIPC
  • Database for startups: COBRA
  • Database for grants funding: GRANTfinder
  • Introduction to market research
  • Looking at the existing competition and the information and contacts you can gain: FAME
  • Looking at ‘desk’ market research: IBIS World, Statista, Mintel, EMIS

Join us at this interactive group workshop that will introduce you to these databases and let you have a play with their functions, filters and even export some reports. A great workshop to allow you to begin your business research and planning journey in the company of other start-up entrepreneurs and business owners.

The workshop is taking place at the Business & IP Centre, 1st floor of Jubilee library, Brighton. Please feel free to arrive 10-15 minutes early so that we can begin promptly at the scheduled start time.



What is your refund policy?

The majority of our events are free, but places are limited and events are usually oversubscribed. Please make sure you cancel your place if you are unable to attend.

Can I attend if I’m not a member of the library?

Absolutely! Any Sussex based business/person with a business idea is welcome. Though we always recommend joining the library as it’s free and will make accessing our databases, books and publications much easier.

How can I find out about any news & upcoming events?

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Increase your chances of business success

The Business & IP Centre Sussex supports people to start, protect and grow their businesses. Come and access our free market research and intellectual property databases and take part in our regular programme of workshops and events.

We are here to support anyone in Sussex with a business idea or SME – whether in East Sussex, West Sussex or Brighton & Hove. Not your region? Find your local BIPC here to find out how they can help you: https://www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre/national-network


11 September, 2023
10:30 am - 11:30 am


BIPC, Jubilee Library
Jubilee Street
Brighton, England BN1 1GE United Kingdom