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Library links - Business

Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for business

Medway Libraries also has a business information service and online resources for businesses. 

Please note that clicking on the links below will take you away from the Medway Libraries' webpages.

Business (general)

Photo of a man proffering a handshake

British brands group (www.britishbrandsgroup.org.uk)

Information about business brands. Contains case studies which may be of use to marketing students - but also makes entertaining general reading.

Business Innovation Centre Medway (http://innovationcentremedway.co.uk)

Provides the facilities and expert support necessary to help your business grow.

Companies House webcheck

Search for basic details on over 2million registered companies.

Europages: The European Business Directory (www.europages.com)

Looking for a product in Europe, including Eastern Europe? Includes 500,000 companies covering all market sectors with consultation in six languages, and lists company catalogues available on the web. Includes links to Yellow Pages across Europe.

FreePint (www.freepint.com)

FreePint is a publisher of sites and resources for the business information industry.

Hemscott (www.hemscott.com)

Provides up-to-date information on companies and markets.

Kompass (www.kompass.co.uk/)that can be used for multiple purposes such as sales, marketing, procurement and research.

Medway Council - Business pages

Medway Council's webpages for business information.

Northcote (www.northcote.co.uk)

Northcote Internet Ltd have traced listed company annual reports on the Internet, which are accessible via the Northcote search engine.

Scoot (www.scoot.co.uk)

A business service also available via an 0800 number and Vodaphone, this lists around 2million businesses in the UK and can be searched by type and location.

Survey monkey (www.surveymonkey.com)

Create a professional online survey quickly, easily, and free of charge.

Touch local (www.touchlocal.com)

Local businesses reviewed by public

Trade partners (https://www.gov.uk/starting-to-export)

This is the Government's website with free information to help you export successfully.


Charity choice (www.charitychoice.co.uk)

Lists thousands of UK charities with contact information.

The Charity Commission (www.charity-commission.gov.uk/)

Covers England and Wales. Offers a database where you can search for a charity by name or area and gives you contact details.

Charity events

A couple of guides that offer a wealth of useful information to those organising a fundraising event:

The Ultimate Guide to a Fun & Successful Corporate Charity Event(https://corporateentertainmentprofessionals.co.uk/corporate-charity-event/)

The Essential Guide to Planning a Fundraising Event (https://www.sunshineevents.co.uk/planning-a-fundraising-event/)

Charity net (www.cafonline.org)

Put together by the Charities Aid Foundation, this site offers a wide range of information about all charity issues.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (www.jrf.org.uk/)

A social policy research and development charity that carries out research into the causes of social difficulties and better ways to overcome them.

National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk)

Lots of information and offers good links to other areas of interest, arts, museums, gardening etc.

NPC (http://www.thinknpc.org/)

NPC occupies a unique position at the nexus between charities and funders, helping them achieve the greatest impact.

V-Day - until the violence stops (http://www.vday.org/)

V-Day raises funds and awareness for UK and international charities preventing violence towards women and children.

Voluntary Organisations Internet Server (VOIS) (www.vois.org.uk)

VOIS hosts a number of charity and voluntary organisations' websites.


See local information for local planning information.

Building regulations (www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations)

View and download for free the 'approved documents' and other planning related legislation and guidance. (The library does charge for printing - please enquire at the desk)

Planning aid (http://www.rtpi.org.uk/planningaid/)

Provides free, independent and professional town planning advice and support to communities and individuals who cannot afford to pay planning consultant fees. It complements the work of local planning authorities, but is wholly independent of them.

Planning Portal - Planning policy statements and guidance (PPS & PPG) (http://planningguidance.communities.gov.uk/)

Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPGs), and their replacements Planning Policy Statements (PPSs), are prepared by the government after public consultation to explain statutory provisions and provide guidance to local authorities and others on planning policy and the operation of the planning system.


Postcodes online (www.royalmail.com/postcode-finder)

Royal Mail have created this database. You need to register, which is free. Enter an address and it will tell you what the postcode is.


Electrical Contractors' Association (www.eca.co.uk)

Find a local electrician out of its 30000 members.

Federation of Master Builders (www.fmb.org.uk)

Find a local builder by entering your postcode. Plenty of advice included.

The Glass and Glazing Federation (www.ggf.org.uk)

Trade association representing companies who make, supply or fit, glass and glazing related products.

Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (www.ciphe.org.uk)

Find a local registered plumber by entering your postcode.

National Register of Roofing Engineers (www.nfrc.co.uk)

Click on Roofnet to find a roofing expert.

Telephone directories

British Telecom (BT) residential telephone directory (www.bt.com/directory-enquiries)

Phone directories covering the United Kingdom.

Calling codes - international (www.countrycallingcodes.com)

Searchable list of international calling codes.

Directories search (www.118118.com)

Free directories search for businesses, individuals, cinemas and trains.

Electronic Yellow Pages (http://www.yellowpages.com/)

Phone directories covering the country.

Family searches (http://content.ancestry.co.uk/)

British phone books from 1880-1984. Registration may be necessary. 

International white and yellow pages (www.wayp.com)

Search by country.

Mobile numbers (www.mobilenumbers.org)

An online directory for business and personal mobile numbers in the UK. Free registration to add and search entries.

Thomson Directory (www.thomweb.co.uk)

Local directory online.

UK telephone code locator (www.ukphoneinfo.com/locator.php()

Takes telephone numbers, std codes, access/short codes, exchange names or the name of a location.

Yellow Pages (www.yell.com/yellow-pages-uk/home.html)

Information about businesses around the UK