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2023 Business, Management and Finance subject guide



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Legal Databases

The following databases contain legal journals on topics such as employment, corporate, financial, accounting and tax law.

BrowZine allows you to search hundreds of journals that the library subscribes to, across a variety of subjects. (Accessibility statement)

Add journals to your ‘bookshelf’ to keep up to date with recently published articles from a specific journal. This short video [1:08] will show you how.


Prefer to browse the bookshelves in The Hive?

Go to level 3 and follow the numbers on the spine of the books:

Accounting:  657

Human Resource Management: 658.3

Supply Chain Management: 658.7

Marketing: 658.802


Alternatively, search the library catalogue to locate specific titles available in The Hive.



Want to watch training films about business topics? Choose from a selection below:

Career Development

Business Case Studies

Business Skills

Economics & Globalization

Leadership Training

Marketing, Advertising & PR for Business



FAME  is the go-to database for company data for UK private companies with a turnover of over £6 million. Find financial accounts, compare companies against each other, and discover company ownership. Remember, some companies may not be trading as separate entities, but may be part of a larger group. If it is part of a group it may not publish individual accounts. How to search FAME. (Accessibility statement)

Business Source Complete   The ‘Company Directory’ provides detailed information for more than one million of the largest U.S. and international companies with parent, headquarters and subsidiary records. Follow the EBSCO guide to searching company data.

Euromonitor Passport provides independent company reports and industry comparison

For company accounts and other filings

Companies House (UK)

Edgar (US) SEC Filings & Forms

Northcote  provides an archive of company reports and share information

Useful for share price information

Yahoo Finance

Google Finance

Mergers and acquisitions involving UK companies

ONS Mergers & Acquisitions

BBC news companies page


High quality market research is rarely freely available on the internet. Mintel market reports, for example, normally cost £1,000-£2,000 each. 

These databases are widely used by marketing professionals, so getting familiar with them can give you a head start when you apply for jobs.

Mintel   Market intelligence including market size, market trends, consumer behaviour, major competitors. (Accessibility statement)  Introduction to Mintel video [25:57]

Euromonitor Data and insight on global industries, economies, consumer trends and future trend forecasts.   Euromonitor Instruction videos: 1. Introduction to Euromonitor [9:12];  2. How to Search [36:27];  3. Help Section [1:02];  4. Getting data [9:37];  5. Sustainability Tool [19:32].

Business Source Complete Search for MarketLine company, industry and country reports. (Accessibility statement)

Case studies

Case studies are often used in business courses to illustrate management problems. They are usually written by academic institutions or professional bodies and intended to be used as teaching material. Some case studies are based on real companies; some are entirely fictitious and designed to illustrate a particular situation. Use Business Source Complete adding the phrase "case studies" or "case method” in your search.

The Case Centre

The Case Centre is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the case method in business education. Some cases are free, but most have a charge. You must register as a student or an educator to access content and to order case studies that have a charge.

Business in the Community

Case studies showing how businesses have benefited from creating a positive impact and responsible business practice

Journal of Business Case Studies

Open access journal published by the Clute Institute in the USA. All articles are freely available

Business Case Studies

Useful for students and teachers studying aspects of business.

UK data sources

Office for National Statistics  UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK

UK Data Service  data from the last six censuses from 1961 through to 2011 and some census data for 2021

Bank of England  the Bank compiles and publishes a range of monetary and financial statistics. These include domestic banking statistics, external finance statistics and international banking statistics  over 5,400 datasets available, from all central government departments and a number of other public sector bodies and local authorities

Digimap select the ‘Society’ tab for census and socio-economic data

The Economics Network Useful source of economic data mostly freely available online from the economist John Sloman

The Guardian data blog latest data news, comment and analysis from the Guardian

Statista  free to search, Statista provides statistics, forecasts, studies, and sources on over 80,000 topics. The Statista database consists of market data from over 22,500 UK, European, North and South American and Asian sources on more than 170 major industries. Log in to Statista from a Hive computer to access the full reports.

Nasdaq Data Link  for financial and economic datasets

International data sources

CIA: The World Factbook data on history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues

Eurostat  the statistical office of the European Union

OECD Data Explorer from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

NationMaster global industry data comparison

World Bank Group annual statistics on external debt stocks and flows for 120 developing countries

United Nations Statistics Division global economic, environmental, social and development statistics

LinkedIn Learning is an elearning and cpd resource with latest software, creative, and business skills training through high-quality instructional videos.

Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Worcestershire libraries provide a business support and signposting service for local pre-start, early start and growth businesses.

You can access key databases from the Business Resources tab, such as COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser), an encyclopaedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business. Suitable for pre-start and start-up businesses, it provides support and guidance for those initial planning stages, helping you to understand what is needed to get started. Includes over 4,000 fact sheets and local area profiles. Log in to COBRA from a Hive computer to access the full information.

Business organisations

Federation of Small Businesses UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small business owners

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce member-led, not for profit organisation, working to support the local business community and specifically their network of member businesses.



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