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Announcement: Tameside Library Service during Covid-19 restrictions in force from 19 July 2021.

From Monday 19 July 2021 Tameside Library will be making important, positive changes to support the lifting of Covid19 restrictions. Many online services and digital events are continuing.
Please check for latest updates on the progress of these changes via our Libraries homepage and social media.

Business Information

Tameside Libraries information Service - Business Information

Are you looking for Business Information? If so, Tameside Libraries Information Service can help. We have a wide range of information available to those looking for Business Information. Whether you’re setting up a new Business, expanding an existing Business, investigating the competition or marketing your Business, Tameside Libraries Information Service can help. We offer a friendly staff assisted service providing access to both print and online resources to help you with your Business enquiry. Here are some of the resources available:


Ask About Business

Ask About Business LogoAsk About Business is a partnership between eleven library authorities in Greater Manchester, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen. Led by Manchester Library & Information Service, Ask About Business provides access through libraries to information that supports:

  • Pre-Start and new businesses
  • Existing business
  • Jobseekers
  • Consumers
  • Inventors
  • Business students

For more information enter the Ask About Business website Link to External Website


Advice and Funding


What is COBRA?

COBRA is 'The Complete Business Reference Advisor'. A comprehensive, practical and continually updated information resource for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market, COBRA is the ultimate Business resource! Cobra Includes:

  • Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) - hundreds of small business idea guides
  • Business Information Factsheets (BIFs) - over 300 practical how-to guides, reports, checklists and factsheets covering hundreds of small business subjects
  • Business Legal Library - clear explanations on over 300 current laws and regulations facing small businesses

. . . and much much more!

Tameside Libraries members can use Cobra free of charge! Simply follow the link to the Ask About Business Website below. Click on the link to Cobra and follow the instructions on screen to log in using your Library Key Card number. Your Library Card number is on the card you were given when you became a member of the library and it begins with 28016.

Enter the COBRA website Link to External Website

Grant finder


Grantfinder is a tool capable of searching 4,000 grants, loans and awards available for application. Search by location, funding type and sector to find relevant sources of funding.
Features information on over 8,000 funding schemes including grants, loans and awards from local, regional and national UK government, European funding, charitable trusts and corporate sponsors.
Content ranges from modest community funds at one end of the spectrum to major, multi-level European initiatives at the other.
Advice including articles on topical funding issues and information on fund details including background, funding levels, eligibility criteria, previous successful projects, who to contact and links to application forms.

Grantfinder is available at Ashton Library - please ask at the counter or contact us via web chat or on 0161 342 2031.


Company Data



FAME is a comprehensive database of all companies in the UK.

Fame helps you find out more about companies. It contains a wide range of high quality information covering companies, news, directors and industry research.

FAME contains:

  • Top level financial information – with detailed financial information as an option
  • Graphs of key financials
  • Credit score and rating - with easy-to-interpret illustrations
  • Company structures and the corporate family
  • Shareholders, subsidiaries and branches
  • News articles from various high profile sources, plus a Web Watch facility to capture 'real time' news
  • Mergers And Acquisitions (M&A) activity and rumours
  • Contact information including directors and other key contacts
  • Industry research

Information can be used for:

  • Obtain financial information about companies
  • Identify company directors
  • Produce direct-marketing mailing lists
  • Search for brand names
  • Industry research

FAME is available at Ashton Library - please ask at the counter or contact us via web chat or on 0161 342 2031.


Company Mailing Lists

Tameside Libraries Information Service can provide company mailing lists to help you with your marketing. These are compiled using the Fame database and can be tailored to your needs. Mailing lists can be supplied as a spreadsheet, by email. Please note, Mailing Lists can only include information about Limited Companies.

You can now request mailing lists online! Please fill out and submit the online form to place your request. Any information you provide will be treated confidentially.

If you are a business in the Tameside area we are currently offering your first mailing list (of up to 2000 companies) free of charge. Subsequent lists supplied to businesses in the Tameside area are charged at 1p per company.

This offer is only available to Tameside Businesses. The price to other businesses is 10p per record.

After your request has been submitted, Tameside Libraries Information Service will contact you to discuss your requirements, the charges involved (if applicable) and the delivery of your mailing list.

Please note mailing list can take up to 2 weeks to process.



EMIS provides company, industry and economic information focusing on Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. It includes company reports and financial statements.

Maintain awareness of emerging markets with the latest news, browse reports, data and analysis or search for something specific.

EMIS is available at all Tameside Libraries - Enter the EMIS site.


Market Research


IBIS WorldIBIS World

IBIS World features market research on hundreds of industries in the UK, including statistics, analysis and forecasts. Make use of topical reports and tools such as Brexit Impact Tool and Key European Market analysis.

IBIS World is available at Ashton Library - please ask at the counter or contact us via web chat or on 0161 342 2031.


Local Data CompanyLocal Data Company

Local Data Company features retail location data and insight for 2,700 UK locations covering 450 business types and thousands of companies. LDC specialise in retail, hospitality and leisure insights.
It includes market analysis, profiling, risk analysis and comparisons. Search by locality or select an area using the location map to check for footfall patterns, vacant units and obtain a local overview.

Local Data Company is available at Ashton Library - please ask at the counter or contact us via web chat or on 0161 342 2031.


Frost and SullivanFrost and Sullivan

Frost and Sullivan supplies in-depth global market research and strategy reports covering medical technology, chemicals and plastics, automation, electronics, energy systems, environmental and building technologies and IT.

Frost and Sullivan is available at Ashton Library - please ask at the counter or contact us via web chat or on 0161 342 2031.


StatistaSearch Statista

Statista is a source of statistical information on industry sectors, market share, company data and consumer behaviour across the world. Browse current news topics or search and build your own data profile. Written reports are available as well as a range of infographics on important current affairs and topics relevant to business and markets.

Statista is available at all Tameside Libraries - Enter the Statista site.

Work, Study, Consult


Ashton Library

Ashton Library is available for you to work on your business idea, study market trends and business insights. Our information sources can help you to plan and start your business or grow and develop your ideas. 

Tameside Libraries Information Service at Ashton Library
, Market Place, Ashton, OL6 6BH offers:

  • Knowledgeable staff to help you search for informatiomn.
  • A range of electronic resources to help you with sources of funding, company information and market research.
  • A meeting pod, somewhere to have a chat with us about your needs or generate some new ideas.
  • Reference texts on business, law, finance and career development.
  • Business mailing list service to help you contact potential suppliers or customers.
  • Part of the Manchester Business and Intellectual Property Centre and Ask About Business networks.
  • Events and webinars.

Further Resources to Support You:

HMRC Tax Widget

HM Revenue and Customs Tax help pages for business and self-employment, click here.

Trade Marks and Brand Names

For more useful Business information, view the Business section of our recommended websites page.

Start Smart Tameside, Business Drop-inImage

Announcement: Start Smart drop-in sessions are suspended due to Covid-19 guidelines.

Start Smart offer drop-in sessions at Ashton Library supporting new and growing businesses. Find out more about the support available to you from the Business Growth Hub including business planning, skills development, raising finance, sales and digital support.
Drop-in sessions take place every four weeks at Ashton Library, Market Place, Ashton, OL6 6BH on Tuesday evenings from 4.30pm until 7.00pm with the last appointment at 6.30pm. Dates and booking is via EventbriteLink to External Website or call us on 0161 342 2031.

The Business Growth Hub is the main source of advice and guidance to businesses in Greater Manchester. They have put together a dedicated COVID-19 response website which has frequently asked questions, webinars and guides on various topics such as cash-flow legal issues and setting up remote working.


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