Company and industry information

Library Services' resources can provide you with a range of information on companies and industries. Using these materials can help you research your career path and provide you with information on specific companies and industries. By researching your potential future employers you will not only be preparing yourself for job applications and interviews, but you will also be developing your commercial awareness.

Commercial awareness is an essential graduate skill, particularly for studies going into the business sector. Some graduate recruiters have identified that commercial awareness is a skill often lacking in graduates applying for jobs. Therefore, improving your knowledge in this area could give you the edge over other candidates.

The key databases that provide company and industry information are listed here. Short videos demonstrating how to locate relevant information on these databases can be found below.

  • Bloomberg   

         Major industry-level source of current and historical global data on markets, economic indicators, companies, equities and news. 
         The Bloomberg Suite is located in Holloway Road campus, Tower Building and can be found on the mezzanine area, room T1-20.  

         Students who require access need to ask their lecturer to contact IT via (

         Add Bloomberg Certification to your skillset with Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC).  This is an eight hour self-paced e-learning course.  

  • Business Source Complete
    Business Source Complete provides UK and international company and industry profiles. Company profiles also include a company SWOT analysis

           Video guide to Business Source Complete

  • Mintel
    Mintel provides market research reports that include company information in the context of a particular industry sector.

  • Passport
    Passport provides UK and global company reports with the respective industry sector and region in which the company operates.

  • Company Recipe Sheet
    The job you are applying for will determine the kind of information you will need to research on a company. However, this recipe sheet provides a basic template for you to start recording company information.

  • PESTLE analysis
    The PESTLE analysis is a simple tool that can be used to effectively identify key external factors that may affect a company or organisation:

    Pestle Analysis Chart

  • Report content on Library Services databases
    This outlines the content of particular reports available on Library Services databases.

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