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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 offering access to both print and online resources to help you with your Business enquiry. Here are just 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


HMRC Tax Widget

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


Cobra LogoWhat 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 Key Card number is on the card you were given when you became a member of the library and it begins with 28016.

Enter the Ask About Business website Link to External Website



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 Tameside Central Library


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.


Also to Support You:

  • Companies House Online - database of limited companies.
  • Trade directories - covering a range of product areas from retail and clothing to computer software and advertising.
  • Tameside Business Information on the Internet
  • Legal Information for small businesses.
  • Health and Safety Information
  • Various books on management and setting up a business
  • Newspapers and magazines - including The Financial Times and The Economist.


Live, Work, Invest

If you are thinking of starting a Business or Social Enterprise, Live, Work, Invest Support Team is here to help you succeed. They offer:

  • Free Business awareness advice
  • Free Help in creating a business plan
  • Free Marketing advice and PR ideas
  • Free Access to funding assistance
  • Free Premises and location searches
  • Free Ongoing support and mentoring
  • Free Networking groups: share ideas
  • Free Local regeneration updates
  • Free Employment and recruitment advice
  • Free Business Seminars and Workshops
  • Free Mini website on Live, Work, Invest link to external website

For more information about the Tameside Business Family Support Team visit their website at or contact them on 0161 342 3951.

Trade Marks and Brand Names

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

Tameside Business Drop-inImage

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 GC 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.



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