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Business Research

Business is good and you’re thinking of expanding. Unsure of the next steps? We’re here to help with advice, mentoring and research to help grow your bottom line.

One-to-one advice

As a local business you can meet with an accredited and experienced Business Adviser for free support. The advice can be tailored to meet requirements relevant to your business type and industry. Common topics include marketing, financial forecasting, strategy, general management, growth strategies and more.


Bespoke mentoring connects you with local industry specialists on the topics that you need help with. Like our advice service, common topics include marketing, general management, going digital, growth strategies and more.

Business research

  • Do you need help researching new markets?
  • Thinking about growing your business but don’t know where to start?
  • Considering employing staff but need help with business templates?
  • Maybe you want to collaborate with other businesses but don’t know where to start?

The Business Research Initiative was created to meet individual, specific needs of businesses within the borough to help improve performance, productivity, profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. 

Market research is crucial to success. Our service is designed to help and guide businesses to build on their strengths and fill gaps in understanding to allow them to prosper. Complete your business research request online and make the most of our range of business information including:

Market research

  • Mintel offers comprehensive Irish market research reports consisting of consumer research, sales data and market information into various sectors including Food and Drink, Retail, Leisure and E-Commerce. Allowing for valuable insight into markets and competitors.
  • Dun and Bradstreet is a sales and marketing tool that provides worldwide company listings with business profiles to target specific sectors or companies. This specific targeting enables businesses to market strategically for business growth.
  • Cobra is ideal for business start-up as it provides business opportunity profiles, area profiles and sector research. This information is invaluable to those starting up or branching out into new markets.
  • IBIS World is a source of UK industry based research, the in-depth reports offer insight into most sectors and the content provided can give an insight into market and consumer trends.
  • Bureau Van Dijk is a sales, marketing and finance tool that offers UK and Ireland company listings including their detailed financial information. This can be useful for competitor research, marketing or acquisition information.

Legal regulations 

  • Simply Docs is a large database of business and legal documents. Legal agreement templates such as employment contracts, privacy policies, terms and conditions or sales contracts can be sourced. 
  • Legal Island is the Northern Ireland Employment Law Hub and is a great source of information regarding employment law and the workplace.

Sources of funding

Grantfinder is a database of available grants and funding across the UK. It can be searched and filtered specifically to find any grants that would be applicable to individual SME’s, Social Enterprises or Charities.

Get started with research

For further information on how research can help you develop your business, email our Business Research Officer, call 028 9147 3788 (ext 40959) or complete our Business Request Form online.