Finding information on companies is an important part of business and management research. It can also be vital in preparing for job application or interview.
FAME is the go-to database for company financial accounts for UK private companies with a turnover of over £6 million. 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.
When choosing a company to base your assignment on, check whether we provide access to an independent company report either from Marketline (through Business Source Complete) or Euromonitor reports on the Euromonitor Passport database. These sorts of reports will help you gain an unbiased view of the company.
If you use a report written by the company, remember they will be trying to present their company in the best light. Finding an independent report will offer a more balance view.
If you are researching for a company outside the UK make sure that there is sufficient information and data available through our resources.
See Marketline within this database for independent company reports
Passport provides independent company reports
This is the go-to database for company financial accounts for UK private companies with a turnover of over £6 million. Some companies may not be trading as separate entities, if they are part of a group they may not publish individual accounts
Access company information for free
This free tool links to listed company information. It provides an archive of company reports from many companies
Useful for share price information
Useful for share price information
High quality market research is rarely freely available on the internet. Mintel market reports, for example, normally cost £1,000-£2,000 each. So make the most of our subscriptions to access this vital information. These databases are widely used by marketing professionals, so getting familiar with them can give you a head start when you apply for jobs.
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. The databases below include case studies. When you search them try adding the phrase "case studies" or "case method”. The search may also pick up articles discussing the use of case studies, so you should also look for a document type filter if available.
If you cannot find a case study in the Library Services resources, check these sites, but note that not all the cases will be free, may require an account, or you may have to contact the publishers directly.
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
Case studies showing how businesses have benefited from creating a positive impact and responsible business practice
Open access journal published by the Clute Institute in the USA. All articles are freely available
Useful for students and teachers studying aspects of business
UK Data Archive is a curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK
UK Data Service Census Support is a service of the UK Data Service that exists to provide access to, and support for, users of the 1971-2011 Censuses of Population and related resources
The Bank compiles and publishes a range of monetary and financial statistics. These include domestic banking statistics, external finance statistics and international banking statistics
Currently over 5,400 datasets available, from all central government departments and a number of other public sector bodies and local authorities
Useful source of economic data mostly freely available online from the economist John Sloman
Latest data news, comment and analysis from the Guardian
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities
Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe
Data from Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Can be a good place to go to compare data
UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK
Access to data from The World Bank Group
Statistics from the United Nations
Large international organisation for academics and lecturers in international business studies
The UK’s independent regulator of advertising across all media. They apply the Advertising Codes, which are written by the Committees of Advertising Practice
Association committed to developing and promoting project and programme management
The global body for professional accountants
Central bank of the UK
The leading trade association for the UK banking sector
Professional association for those working in facilities management
The lead trade association in the UK which covers the whole of the retail industry
Describe themselves as "the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector"
Professional organisation representing the marketing industry
UK National Council of the global organisation CILT, which has a presence in more than 30 countries across the world
The world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants
World's largest Chartered HR and development professional body
CIPS exists to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all those engaged in purchasing and supply chain management
Professional body of the PR industry
Professional body dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence
The CBI is the UK's premier business lobbying organisation, providing a voice for employers at a national and international level
BIS is the UK department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business
The UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small business owners
Their aim is to make sure that financial markets work well so that consumers get a fair deal
The Financial Reporting Council promotes high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment. We promote high standards of corporate governance through the UK Corporate Governance Code, and encourage engagement between investors and Boards through the Stewardship Code
Aims to strengthen and inspire the leadership of the social sector and their partners in business and government by connecting the public, private and social sectors with curated resources and relationships to serve, evolve and lead together
Membership-based business support organisation that exists to connect its members to opportunity. The group now comprises: Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Burton & District Chamber of Commerce, Chase Chamber of Commerce, Lichfield & Tamworth Chamber of Commerce, Solihull Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council, Institute of Asian Businesses, and Future Faces
Member-led, not for profit organisation, working to support the local business community and specifically their network of member businesses
UK’s tax and customs authority
Professional membership organisation for accountancy, supporting over 138,000 chartered accountants around the world
Leading professional body for Commercial and Business Development staff
UK organisation that supports businesses and the people who run them
The UK’s largest management body combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services
The principal UK professional society for operations management in manufacturing, service industries and the public sector
Professional body for advertising, media and marketing communications agencies in the UK
International grouping of public relations practitioners worldwide. Promotes exchange of information and co-operation in every sector of the profession
The world's leading research association
The NAO scrutinises public spending for Parliament. They audit the financial statements of all central government departments, agencies and other public bodies, and report the results to Parliament
Organisation active in promoting project management to industry and government organisations
Regulatory authority responsible for the prudential regulation and supervision of banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms in the UK. It is part of the Bank of England
Facilitates the exchange of ideas leading to the improvement of case research, writing, teaching, and publication
This is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries
An independent association of some 1,200 professionally qualified accountants in small practices
The World Bank is a United Nations international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group, and a member of the United Nations Development Group