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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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
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me in the right direction to hopefully assist in my future success.

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