COBRA: Complete Business Reference Advisor

COBRA contains all the information you need to turn your idea into a business.

Log on and find more than 4,000 factsheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding and support plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 types of business.

If your library is a member of Ask About Business you can access all areas of COBRA right now.

Simply click HERE and log in with your library ticket. If you have a library card for any of the Ask About Business member libraries, then enter your library card number.

Ideal for anyone looking to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market.  COBRA is also available at any Ask About Business library with internet PCs.

Please note the Terms & Conditions of using this service.

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Weve updated 35 of our industry Guides! Find out about the resources on topics from Advertising to Vegetarian and Vegan,

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until October.

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New Bounce Back Loans scheme for small businesses The Bounce Back Loan scheme has been designed to ensure that small firms who need vital cash injections to keep operating can get finance in a matter of days. The loans will be 100% government backed and will be made available to small businesses from 4th May.… Read More

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New information from Cobweb Info with support during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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If you are operating a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure business during these challenging times there is a lot of help and advice out there.   The government has launched the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund to help businesses.  Details of the guidance can be found here.  The Arts Council England… Read More

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If you’re running a business at this difficult time there are some resources to help you. We are currently collecting information and resources that we will share but please send in ideas and requests for topics that you would like to know more about. Cobweb Info have produced two new reports that can be accessed… Read More

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I have attended three courses that I thought would benefit our business, ‘Blogging for Profit’, Video Skills for Small Businesses and Linkedin: The Essentials.’ I am a keen advocate of the courses available, and have spread the word at business networking event

The IP workshops were great in terms of accessing basic advice from experts on patent, design and trademarking and gave me very useful advice.

I came away with a bounce in my step.
Very productive seminars. I went in with little understanding and a
blank canvas with very few ideas. I came away with huge enthusiasm, pointing
me in the right direction to hopefully assist in my future success.

The library resources, staff and business centre have been really helpful with guiding us in many different areas from intellectual property rights, conducting market research, learning about email marketing

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