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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.

Business research Service

  • Do you need help researching new markets?
  • Thinking about growing your business but don’t know where to start?
  • 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

The Economic Development Team can undertake bespoke research as requested by local businesses.  We gather market intelligence and insight from a range of sources, including:

  • 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.

Sources of funding / grants

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 SMEs, Social Enterprises or Charities.

To find out more about Grantfinder, please email Rowena Moore, Business Researcher.

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.

Get started with research

For further information on how research can help you develop your business, email Rowena Moore our Business Research Officer, call 0300 013 3333 ext 40959 or complete our Business Request Form online.