Free Business Support

Get guidance and information

We offer one-on-one consultations with specialists and our friendly team, where you can discuss your business ideas and get help to identify the most useful information and resources for you.

Get in touch with us to find out more and arrange an appointment.

Attend events and workshops

Access a range of events on offer from the Business & IP Centre Leeds City Region, from business planning to market research, social media and much more. Find online webinars and events near you by visiting the Eventbrite page.

Access exclusive resources

Access a range of exclusive resources and databases to start, run and grow your own business. If you’re unsure which resource you’re looking for, get in touch with the team to arrange an appointment and to learn how to use the databases. Find out more about our range of databases below.

Start up support


Complete Business Reference Advisor (COBRA) has lots of information for anyone looking to start, run or manage a small business.

Access COBRA at Dewsbury Library to:

  • Explore hundreds of business profiles and factsheets

  • Access industry information and local area profiles

Market Research

  • Get free access to databases that help you understand your market, get industry information and identify potential customers.


    IBISWorld provides useful statistics and information on entire industries.

    Access IBISWorld at Dewsbury Library to:

    • Find industry research reports

    • Understand your market

    • Understand market risks

    Local Data Online

    Provides access to local retail and leisure information on high streets, cities and towns.

    Access Local Data Online at Dewsbury Library to:

    • Build a picture of the retail landscape throughout the UK

    • Bet company data

    • Find local area profiles

    Emerging markets, research data and news (EMIS)

    EMIS brings together hard-to-get information from the world’s leading global and local providers of company, industry and country intelligence for emerging markets.

    Access EMIS at Dewsbury Library to:

    • Find information on emerging markets in developing countries, including Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa

    • Find economic data

    • Get company profiles and news stories


    Global market intelligence platform.

    Access Statista at Dewsbury Library to:

    • Understand customers, markets, and competitors through access to reports and statistics on 170 industries across 150 countries

    • Find industry research reports

    • Understand country profiles

    Access industry information and local area profiles

Company Information


Kompass is a global business-to-business (B2B) platform to find and contact product or service suppliers.

Access Kompass at Dewsbury Library to:

  • Get company data on over 2.8 million companies across 70 countries

  • Analyse your competitors

  • Identify new business leads

Experian Market IQ

Access Experian at Dewsbury Library to:

  • Get detailed UK company information to help you understand the market, sector, and size of individual companies

  • Analyse your competitors

  • Create tailor made company lists based on sector, size and location

Funding Support


Grantfinder helps you identify the most appropriate funding for your business including grants and loans.

Access Grantfinder at Dewsbury Library