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Spending a little time researching information about companies can give you lots of competitive advantage! 

  • Research financial data inc profit & loss, margins & assets. 
  • Generate new sales and contact leads. 
  • Target companies by size, performance and location. 
  • Analyse competitors 
  • Research potential markets 
  • Create professional sales pitches and presentations 
  • Compare market sectors 
  • Follow company trends 
  • Download information for mailings 
  • Check credit ratings 
  • Find out how long companies have been trading 
  • Search for company directors and their connections 
  • Find the best & worst performing companies in any sector


Information on over 2.6 million UK & Irish companies. Reports include:

  • contact information including phone, e-mail and web 
  • main and other trading addresses
  • activity details
  • 29 profit and loss account and 63 balance sheet items cash flow and ratios
  • credit score and rating 
  • names of bankers, auditors, previous auditors & advisors
  • holdings and subsidiaries (including foreign)
  • current and previous directors with addresses, heads of department, shareholders

You can also create your own search criteria, formats and peer group reports. 

Available at some Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside & Trafford libraries.

The Creditsafe database has information on 4.4 million UK companies, sourced directly from Companies House, The Registry Trust and the London & Edinburgh Gazette. Standard reports include:

  • Credit rating and limit 
  • 3 years accounts 
  • CCJ information 
  • Directors

Kompass Global A worldwide database of manufacturers, products and services. Access to up to 1.8 million companies worldwide, covering around 70 countries globally.  Over 20 combinable search criteria including:

  • Products/services 
  • Trade Name 
  • Location 
  • Company Name
  • Number of employees.

Please note: Kompass Global is only available to customers at the Business & IP Centre Manchester in Central Library or remotely to Manchester library members.