Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites

  • ABIS (The Academy of Business in Society)
    An alliance that formed by companies, business schools and academic institutions which aim to embed issues on business in society into learning and practice in Europe. Includes examples of corporate social responsibility activities. Academic papers can be viewed online.

  • Annual Reports
    There are a number of sites included on the link above. See also Carol and Score.

  • Bank of England
    Information about the Bank of England, press releases and publications.

  • BBC/OU Money & Management podcast
    Contains a series of podcastd such as retail revolutions or the cost of home ownership. This could be an alternative way for business students to find good materials for their projects, in addition to journals. If you like this you may like the Marketing and Management Collection too.

  • BTIC Case Studies
    Case studies of responsible business practice, sometimes referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR).

  • Business Insurance
    An informative guide to small business.

  • Business with Sweden
    Part of the official government website in Sweden, to introduce the country to those interested in doing business with Sweden - including quick facts, longer fact sheets, questions and answers, support in setting up a business and help with working there. Export and import information is available.

  • CBI
    Confederation of British Industry site.

  • Companies House
    Companies House Contact Centre: The principle route for all general enquiries:

  • Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

  • Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

  • Department for International Trade
    Government website with free information to help you do business internationally.

  • Direct Government - Business and Industry
    UK government portal with list of links for business and industry.

  • Europe
    Information on business in the EU's single market including access to public procurement tenders, information on EU funding opportunities and single market rules.

  • Federation of Small Businesses

  • Government Website Directory (UK)
    A-Z list.

  • Government Publications (UK)
    Some publications are informally known as green and white papers. The term "Green Paper" has no formal definition. However, Green Papers generally put forward ideas and opinions for consideration, public discussion and consultation.

    The term "White Paper" has no formal definition. However, White Papers generally contain proposals and statements of Government Policy.

  • Hoover's Corporate Directory
    Choose the company name search on the corporate directory to see a page of general information and links to other web-sites related to your company.

  • Jetro
    Japanese external trade organisation. US based website with various types of resources relating to Japan.

  • Kompass
    This site aims to identify 1.5 million companies world-wide. You can search under product type or by company name.

  • New Statesman - Business
    The business section of the New Statesman magazine. Articles on companies, products, economic trends, European business and the euro, taxation and current affairs.

  • OECD
    The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, it has global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation.

  • Office for National Statistics

  • Prospects
    Career and course information with a link to registration for access to Bnet.

  • Scoot
    Electronic telephone directory for business and much more.

  • Small Business Research Centre

  • UN Business
    There is useful information on their general website, as well as The United Nations and Business site, providing information on partnerships and alliances between the UN and the private sector and foundations in furtherance of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

  • Yahoo Small Business
    Yahoo portal for general business and economy information. Especially useful for stock market sources.

  • Yell
    Electronic version of the Yellow pages telephone directory.

  • World Fact Book
    Online version of the annual publication. Useful for specific country information.

  • BFA
    The British Franchise Association is the voluntary self-regulating governing body for franchising. The UK market offers many franchise opportunities.

  • Business Essentials on the Web
    Essential websites for small businesses and entrepreneurs compiled by the British Library Business IP Centre. There are sections on business plans, grants and finance, industries, intellectual property and marketing.

  • EC SME Portal
    This portal provides access to information on the whole spectrum of EU policies, legislation, programmes and initiatives relevant to Europe's small and medium-sized enterprises.


  • Entrepreneur

  • Getting British Business Online
    A partnership between Enterprise UK, Google & e-Skills, with the support of the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. They offer small businesses a free website address, a free customised website and free online marketing.

  • GEM
    GEM UK is the world's largest single country study of entrepreneurial activity within the GEM Global consortium. It can tell us about how much activity is going on, where that activity is, how regions across the UK compare, the types of people that become entrepreneurs and the impact that entrepreneurs have on job and wealth creation.

  • John Cook School of Business

  • Startups
  • Interactive Investor
    Recommended resource. This site allows you to check the price of stocks and shares, and also enables you to compile your own share portfolio. The website software automatically tracks your share portfolio over time and calculates its monetary value as the stock market fluctuates.

  • City Wire
    Provides share, investment and company news.

  • Dow Jones
    Provides stock market indices, including those for speciality markets such as the Asian and Islamic markets.

  • Fortune 500
    Lists America's most successful companies showing revenue details (the Fortune 500) as well as producing similar details for the 500 best performing companies globally (the Global 500).

  • FTSE
    The official FTSE website, providing FTSE indices for the UK, European and global stock markets.

  • Hemscott
    Using Hemscott you can register for free access to comprehensive share and company information. This site also enables you to create your own share portfolio and track your shares.

  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange
    Trading information and data from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

  • London Metal Exchange
    Lists the London Metal Exchange monthly and daily commodity prices.

  • London Stock Exchange
    Includes a searchable database of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and the AIM and techMARK exchanges.

  • New York Stock Exchange
    Includes a searchable database of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange

  • This Is Money
    Offers a free service where you can compile your own portfolio of stocks and shares. Software on the This Is Money automatically tracks the stocks and shares in your portfolio value and its corresponding market value. The site also offers share market news, tips, and company information, and personal finance information.

  • Yahoo Finance
    A site dedicated to financial information. Especially useful for historical share prices which can be downloaded into Excel including dividends and annual reports.

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