Free Business Resources at The Hive

Did you know that you can access The Hive’s business resources for free?

You just need to be a library member and then you can borrow from the library catalogue, access the business databases and use The Hive’s free wi-fi. Library membership is free and can be issued in minutes.  All you need is ID with your name and address.

Business databases
If you are in the process of setting up your own business or want to grow and develop your business information the 4000 factsheets within COBRA could be really useful to you.  COBRA is a continually expanding business support directory covering all aspects of starting and running a business, from writing a business plan to expanding an existing business.  It includes start-up guides, sector updates, practical factsheets, legal information, sources of funding and support to help entrepreneurs and their advisers.  The directory can be accessed from The Hive Business Centre PCs on level 2.

Or if you want to find out more about a specific company, market, industry or country; or read up on research articles on business, management and finance; Business Source Complete is a highly rated business research database with the full text of more than 14,000 journals, including 2,000 peer reviewed journals and numerous quality articles. It is also an excellent resource for company profiles, case studies, market research reports, industry profiles and country reports.   Business Source Complete can be accessed from any PC in The Hive.

Both databases are made available through The Hive/University of Worcester partnership.

Books, eBooks , Magazines and Papers
There are numerous business books in our collection – recent titles include: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses, 85 Inspiring Ways to Market Your Small Business and Understanding Enterprise.  Some lighter touch titles are also available as eBooks via BorrowBox our new eBook and eAudiobook supplier.  We’ve also got eMagazines such as The Economist, Web User and Newsweek.

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Business Events at The Hive
A programme of business breakfast meetings, workshops and drop-in sessions are held on a regular basis throughout the year, provided by our business partners, the University of Worcester and Worcestershire Business Central and local businesses hosting and sponsoring events.

Coming up….

Media Masterclass sponsored by Worcester BID
Find out how to build the most productive relationships with journalists and take away top tips for your media releases. Speakers from Worcester News, Live 24 Seven and BBC Hereford & Worcester.
Friday 24 February, 8.30 – 10am
Reserve a free place

Business Breakfast sponsored by Haines Watts
Presentation, networking and breakfast.
Research & Development (R&D) claims can produce substantial tax savings, so why have 97% of eligible companies never made a claim? Terry Cheesman reveals the surprising truth about what can qualify as R&D expenditure and also looks at why £ billions of property related capital allowances go unclaimed.
Tuesday 28 February, 7.30 – 9.30am
Reserve a free place

Business Breakfast sponsored by Haines Watts
Innovation presentation, networking and breakfast.
Tuesday 25 April, 7.30–9.30am
Reserve a free place


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