At Bolton libraries we have a wide range of resources providing a wealth of business information.


Some of the resources listed below can be accessed via our Online information resources page. If you would like help with accessing any of these resources our Ask Bolton Libraries service can help!

Company information

  • Trade directories
  • Business directories (including Key British Enterprises and Dun and Bradstreet Business Registers for Lancashire and Greater Manchester)
  • Full sets of UK telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • Online access to FAME, a database containing financial and company information on over 2.4 million businesses in the UK and Ireland.

Financial data and statistics

  • Census information (local and national)
  • UK Official publications
  • UK trade statistics
  • FAME
  • Newspapers and journals (including Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Facts).
  • Northcote data, linking to financial information published by large companies.
  • eMoneyfacts (a financial information database comparing mortgages, insurance quotations, savings, loans and credit information).

Mailing lists

Using FAME, we can create mailing lists tailored to your needs.  We can search using different criteria and export the lists in various formats.  Please note: there is a charge for this service.

Legal and standards information

  • British Standards Online (full texts off all current standards)
  • Government legislation

Other resources

  • Newspapers and journals (including access to NewsBank, a database of national and regional news)
  • Datamonitor market research reports
  • COBRA  (contains fact sheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs and their advisers)

And beyond…

Bolton Libraries are part of the Ask about Business partnership with Manchester City Library, authorities in Greater Manchester, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.  The service enables access to even more resources held across the region covering Pre-Start and new businesses, existing business, jobseekers, consumers, inventors and business students.

We also work closely with other information providers and  business related organisations both within Bolton and nationally.   We can signpost you to the most relevant organisation to suit your needs.

Supporting Start Ups with the Big Ideas Generator

Over the next 10 months we will be delivering seminars, workshops and 1-to-1 information sessions on all kinds of topics, from starting up in creative industries, 3d printing, running an online business and much more. For more information about upcoming events, check out our pages here.

How much does it cost?

You can use our business resources for free.

There is a small charge made for company mailing lists.  Printing and photocopying is charged at the normal library rate (see our charges page).

External Links

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