How to grow your Business
Chelmsford Business Showcase
Wednesday 11th November
Anglia Ruskin University
WebFlicker attended the Chelmsford Business Showcase on Wednesday not knowing what to expect, Attending with an open mind the WebFlicker team where ready for whatever was thrown at them.
How To Improve your Business.
MINT COMPANY INFORMATION
This seminar was very beneficial learning what and how your local library could help you in Business. The Speaker started speaking about MINT, this is a program that gathers Company Information. You can access this at your local library and it covers all LTD companies. You can search for companies by SIC, ( STANDARD INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION), there are lists of these classifications in all local libraries. Once this is done you have the resources to search top 25 companies within that sector. These reports contain information such as postal address, e-mail, contact numbers and who the directors are, not only this but will also let you know what other companies the directors are involved with. It will also show you the previous 5 years finances, Only slight downfall with this service is that it is only updated every Annual Return and not not Bi-Yearly.
CREDITSAFE COMPANY REPORTS
This credit report can be done from the beauty of your own home or office, all it entails is sending an E-mail and awaiting to receive one back, the service is Free of Charge. Usually midweek if this is done you will have a response within the hour. The report itself will show details such as previous 5 year credit report, if the business has any CCJ's, their credit rating and also their credit Limit. You can use this service for EUROPEAN countries but how ever there is a charge of £17 + VAT. The reports themselves are similar to Experian but in the long run Experian reports are more detailed with regards to unincorporated companies.
Kompass Worldwide covers 66 countries and 1.85 million businesses, you can access their details via your own PC but will need your library card. The database hold all B2B Data, you can pay for higher listings for your business or have a free one.
OTHER USEFUL SOURCES AVAILABLE ONLINE
|British Library Business and IP Centre
|Trade Association Forum
|Business Information on the Internet(PORTAL)
|UK National Statistics
|Frequently Asked Questions||www.answersdirect.info|
ADDITIONAL ADDED VALUE SERVICES BY YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY
Will Register your business to become a ltd at £70 + VAT
Tailored made marketing lists direct to your desktop for as little as 15p per lead
Public sector Contracts, daily e mail alerts and tender notices sent to your desktop
also you can log on to elan.essexcc.gov.uk for an online catalogue, enabling you to make requests online for books free.
You can also keep in touch with your local library by subscribing to their bi-monthly newsletter at www.free-library-news.net.
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