Digital library

Coronavirus update

Information about how our libraries service and archive service are affected by coronavirus.

7. Business, jobs and innovation

Ask About Business (external link)

  • A partnership between libraries across the north west
  • Information to support: Pre-start and new businesses, existing businesses, jobseekers, consumers, inventors and business students.
  • Includes free access for library members to Cobra Business Adviser.

Cobra Business Adviser (external link via Ask About Business)

  • Practical information to help with start-up opportunities, employment, legal, finance, marketing, exporting, health and safety
  • Local Area Profiles providing information for prospective business start-ups and small firms by location.
  • See a handy guide to using Cobra in our library academy (external link).

British Standards - Access in Libraries (external link)

  • British Standards Online (BSOL) is an online database of standards including British Standards Institution (BSI) publications and BSI-adopted European and International standards.
  • You can request up to a maximum of 10% of any standard to be printed by library staff for personal, non-commercial use.

British Standards - Access outside Libraries (external link)

  • The same BSI standards and publications are available to view outside Libraries, but cannot be printed or saved. Please note, however, that it may not be possible to view standards with the Google Chrome browser or on some mobile devices.

NewsBank (external link)

  • UK and world newspaper articles published in the last 5 to 25 years sorted by topic
  • All the major world and national daily papers are included as well as many local and regional ones.

Universal Skills - Jobseeker skills (external link)

  • Help and guides for Jobseekers
  • Find a Job, job hunting, CVs/covering letters, interviews and starting work
  • Current information on Universal Credit
  • Find out more and see how to get started in this guide on our library academy (external link).

Recommended websites (external link)

  • Our Good Web Guide has more useful websites to help with a wide range of business and employment needs.
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