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Business information and research

Surrey libraries can help you find company information, do market research, start up a business and get that top job.

We subscribe to a range of printed resources and quality business databases designed for business to business mailings, advice and market information.


Our online resources

Our adult online reference shelf  has several business research products, for some of these you will need to login with your library card number:

  • Access to research - business and economics titles available to read online in Surrey library.
  • COBRA a complete business reference advisor, which offers practical and updated information covering all aspects of starting and running a business.
  • Credo Reference  an online library providing access to a selection of business books.
  • MINT  -  holds information about companies, directors, news and industry research. You can also create mailing lists. Available in AddlestoneCamberley, Dorking, Epsom, Godalming , Guildford , Redhill, Walton and Woking libraries.
  • Oxford Dictionaries - provide help with writing letters, applying for jobs and more. You can also access this via our online reference web links.

Our team has also prepared selections of weblinks on business and money and finance and  can search our library catalogue for a book or journal articles relating to business. 


How to get help 

Contact Digital Services for help with locating a book or journal article, using our online resources or help finding business information and undertaking business research.

You can contact Digital Services as follows:

  • Telephone: 01483 543599
  • Text: 07968832414
  • Email: libraries@surreycc.gov.uk

Or you can use one of our online forms. We have two different electronic forms depending on the type of information required:

  • Company report - In depth information about a specific company.
  • Mailing list - A table of data, produced to your requirements about a group of companies who match whatever criteria you specify.

Business research charges

Digital Services will undertake a free initial investigation into what we can provide. Any research charges will depend on the complexity of your request.

Research service level 1

No charge is made for the first 20 minutes of any request for business information (except any printing costs).

Research service level 2

Any request that involves detailed research or manipulation of data (excludes mailing lists):

Research fee: £15 per half hour (first half hour payable in advance) plus costs of supplying prints or electronic data.

Database purchase - mailing lists

Basic search

(Two search criteria and standard format spreadsheet; for example the top 50 companies in Surrey, with their contact details)

  • Research fee: £10 paid in advance
  • Price per company: 10p (up to a maximum of 1500 companies - i.e. £150)

Mid-range search

(Up to five search criteria and up to five data columns; for example all IT companies in Woking, over 100 employees with name of Marketing manager)

  • Research fee: £15 per half hour (first half hour payable in advance)
  • Price per company: 15p (up to a maximum of 1500 companies - i.e. £225)

Upper range

(Searching and lists – over five search criteria and spreadsheet to your specifications; for example, types of companies within a post code range over or under a certain turnover, and with a named contact )

  • Research fee: £15 per half hour (first half hour payable in advance)
  • Price per company: 20p (up to a maximum of 1500 companies - i.e. £300)
  • Updated: 13 Jan 2017
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