Business Information

Karen Blakeman on February 14th, 2014

On one of my recent workshops I was asked if I used Google as my default search tool, especially when conducting business research. The short answer is “It depends”. The long answer is that it depends on the topic and type of information I am looking for. Yes, I do use Google a lot but […]

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Karen Blakeman on September 20th, 2013

Delegates at yesterday’s business information workshop in London came up with an interesting combination of websites and search commands for their end of day top tips. OFFSTATS – Official Statistics on the Web  http://www.offstats.auckland.ac.nz Excellent starting point for official statistical sources by country, region subject or a combination of categories. All of the content in the database […]

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Karen Blakeman on August 30th, 2013

I recently co-presented a webinar on researching legal information. The event was organised by TFPL, and Alan Blanchard and myself reviewed free and paid for resources together with key search techniques. Throughout the session we polled the audience on a number of issues, the first question being “Does price guarantee quality when you are purchasing […]

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Karen Blakeman on July 12th, 2013

Towards the end of June I headed off to Swansea Central Library to facilitate a workshop on search tools and techniques for finding business information and statistics. The session was organised for the libraries of the wonderfully named SWAMP – South West and Mid Wales Partnership. We had fantastic views from the library of the […]

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When it comes to researching a market or industry sector the major national and international players are generally well covered by the established market research publishers. If you are looking at a highly specialised sector, are interested in smaller companies or just want to know who is doing what in a town or county then […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 28th, 2013

Factiva is discontinuing its pay as you go option for occasional users as part of a “strategic refocus”. Instead of an annual fee of $69 plus a per document charge of $2.95, there will now be a fixed monthly fee of $249/month. This allows you to download up to 100 documents a month with additional […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 20th, 2013

My latest business information workshop, organised by TFPL, was held yesterday in London. A large chunk of the session was taken up with exploring and discussing web sites but we also looked at how advanced search options and commands can be used to focus on higher quality business information. An edited version of the slides […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 23rd, 2013

A reminder that I am running two business information workshops in London in April. The first is “Introduction to Business Research” on Thursday, 18th April. This workshop provides an introduction to many areas of business research including statistics, official company information, market information, news sources and how to build search strategies. It will cover explanations of […]

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Karen Blakeman on March 23rd, 2013

I don’t usually review organisations that provide company formation services but Firmica.si  is worth a mention. As well as help with setting up or selling a business in Slovenia they provide some very useful information on procedures and doing business. The information and related content is under Frequently Asked Questions. The whole site is in Slovene […]

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Karen Blakeman on February 6th, 2013

I am running three workshops in April on business information and search. All three have a practical element so that you can try out resources and techniques for yourself. Introduction to Business Research This is being organised by TFPL and will be held in London on Thursday, 18th April. This course provides an introduction to […]

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