Business Information Point

Kensington Business Information Point

What you need to know to start up or grow your business

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Whether you are looking for practical advice on setting up a business, seeking new contacts to help develop your company, creating a mailing list or researching the latest information for your next job interview, Business Information Point at Kensington Central Library can help.

You can get free access to a wide range of books on business and finance and related subjects. We also stock a good collection of business-related journals and online resources, expertly selected to offer quality information covering business and trade in the UK and beyond. 


Get the facts: online resources for business research

Our online database subscriptions include Mint UK, a large company information database perfect for creating targeted mailing lists and researching potential buyers, suppliers and competitors. It also includes a module of Industry Research, incorporating Global Data and Marketline reports. This database is available from Kensington Central Library only, but any relevant information can be exported to a memory stick or sent as an email attachment.

There is also COBRA, the complete business reference adviser, which is full of accurate, relevant information about hundreds of business ideas and is aimed at helping people with all aspects of starting up and running their own businesses. COBRA is available in the library or remotely, from any PC, using your library card number.

  • Cobra: everything you need to know to start up your business
  • Mint UK: find company information and contacts (only available at Kensington Reference Library, please ask a member of staff for assistance)

Events and workshops

The library is also hosting free workshops and networking events specifically for people looking to set up or grow their own business. These events offer a fantastic opportunity to learn from those in the industry who successfully run businesses and understand current risks, challenges and possibilities. 

Find our business events on Eventbrite.

To be added to our events mailing list and get invitations to our forthcoming business events email us at information@rbkc.gov.uk.


Get the skills you need to run your business

Good quality training for your staff available both in the library and from your home or office PC.

Universal Class offers free online training for library members. Choose from over 500 courses, including Yoga, Digital Photography, Computer Basics, Excel etc. There is something for everyone! Learn in your own time, at your own pace.

Find out more and register as a user at your local library.


Business books and journals

You can get free access to a wide range of books on the subject of business and finance and related subjects. We also stock a good collection of business-related journals and online resources, expertly selected to offer quality information covering business and trade in the UK and beyond.


Helping you plan your career

The library also hosts free Careers Advice sessions run weekly by professional advisors from The National Careers Service.


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