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Free business information from Essex Libraries

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17 May 2019

Thinking of setting up your own business but don’t know where to start? Or are you already running your own business and need information to help you grow? As a member of Essex Libraries you have free access to our online resource COBRA, the Complete Business Reference Adviser, a great source of information, facts and figures designed to help potential and existing business owners.

COBRA can help you develop your ideas from the drawing board through to reality. The Business Opportunity Profiles (BOPs) give you great business ideas, research and trends on a wide range of business types - anything from acupuncturist to yogurt maker! You’ll also have access to up to date Business Information Factsheets (BIFs), full of everything you need to write your business plan and get you started.

As your fledgling business develops, COBRA factsheets provide information and expert advice on topics such as finance, tax and insurance; employing and managing staff; health and safety; creating an online presence and trading legally, as well as how to gain an advantage over your competitors!

Diarise a regular dip into COBRA for access to all the above and the latest industry news and developments.

COBRA - your one-stop shop for business information. Available online, free of charge with your library card!