Real time federated search of selected business web sites, some of them "hidden web" or "deep web". Click on the Advanced Search link to see a list of the sources.
British Library BIPC Business Essentials on the Web bl-business-essentials.wikispaces.com
Set up by the British Library's Business and IP Centre this wiki aims to provide business information aimed at entrepreneurs and SMEs. Topics covered currently include business planning, grants and finance, marketing and PR as well as industry specific pages. An excellent starting point for relevant information on setting up and running a business, and highly recommended for SMEs and startups. See also the Industry Guides below.
British Library Business & IP Centre in London | Industry guides www.bl.uk/bipc/dbandpubs/Industry%20guides/industry.html
A very useful series of 30 PDF guides highlighting relevant industry directories, databases, publications and websites. All of the guides show when they were last updated and the name of the person who has edited the guide. Not all of the resources are freely available on the web but you can access the information for free in the Business & IP Centre at the British Library, St Pancras. You will need a Reader Pass; details on how to obtain one can be found at http://www.bl.uk/bipc/visitus/howtouse/index.html. The resources are split into Directories, Business Advice Sources, Market Research and Statistics, Trade Magazines and Newsletters, and Internet Resources. Even if you cannot make it to the BIPC to access the publications these guides are valuable pointers to the key sources of information on industry sectors. Highly recommended.
FITA - Federation of International Trade Associations www.fita.org
Founded in 1984, FITA "fosters international trade by strengthening the role of local, regional, and national associations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada that have an international mission." In addition to services for members, there is a very useful collection of Web resources for International trade. There are over 4000 annotated links. Categories include country or region, legal resources, language and translation, International market research and business directories. The business directories are subdivided into industry specific, global and country directories.
ICAEW Library & Information Service www.icaew.com/en/library
The Library and Information Services of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) have pulled together a number of subject guides. Topics include international company registration, SMEs, startups, country resources and industry guides. The guides cover official and unofficial information sources from the print collection of the ICAEW Library & Information Service and recommended websites on the internet. Some resources are for members only but many sections are open to all. It is worth spending some time working your way through the menus to get an idea of the range of information that is available.
SCOTBIS (Scottish Business Information Service) www.scotbis.com
This is a national information service for Scottish businesses based on the business resources at the National Library of Scotland. SCOTBIS provides users with a free enquiry service and also offers fee-based research and other charged services. Further information is available on their web site. The Web Resources section lists useful sites and key starting points for business including market research, statistics, company information and starting a business. The What's New section lists the latest resources added to the listings and databases.