Business links in the Europe and the UK

Europe and the UK

Banks - Small Business Banking Services

Most UK banks offer a range of resources, information and software planning tools for start up businesses.

Lloyds TSB
Royal Bank of Scotland
Alliance & Leicester


Business and Market Research Information Sources


The Tax Guide - tax information for the UK - a small business website from the UK - considerable information!
Bioindustry Association
Biotechnology Industry Analysis - online magazine
Biofind - The Internet's "one-stop-shop" for worldwide Biotechnology industry information, gossip and news
Bized - Biz/ed is an educational Internet service for students, teachers and lecturers of business and economics.  Based at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology, University of Bristol and launched in 1996, Biz/ed is a dynamic service which has developed a wide range of materials
BioAbility - Biotechnology Guide USA and online biotechnology phone book
Chemical Industries Association
Company Annual Reports Online
Dun and Bradstreet - company information - includes handy Internet credit card service for worldwide users
EDGAR - US site with extensive company records and other useful business links
Europages - The European Business Directory - sector and company name searches
Hemscott Company Information - contains company account information and press notices
Research Index - The UK business newspaper and magazine headline search engine
Nasdaq/Amex - wide variety of company and financial information
New Scientist - brings the scientific community on-line editorials, news, features and reviews
US Corporate Information - public and private companies, regional sites, sector sites, Canada, Mexico.  Site contains many links to other resources on the Internet

Business Support & Professionals

JobSmart--Cover Letters
Eastern & Central European Job Bank

Business Link - website provided by the Small Business Service, an agency of the UK Government
Business West - part of the national network of Business Links, the first point of contact for businesses in the former Avon area for business information, advice, training and other services
Burges-Salmon - one of the UK's leading regional commercial law firms, providing high quality UK law services to an expanding national and international client base from its Bristol offices
Chartered Institute of Marketing - as marketing faces up to the challenges and contradictions of the new millennium, the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) provides leadership, knowledge and expertise for everyone involved in the marketing process
Ernst & Young UK - provides a complete online service to small businesses wishing to harness the power of the Internet and equips them with websites to immediately deliver their products and services to a worldwide market - promotes Bristol as a world-class investment location and provides detailed information about commercial property developments, Bristol's diverse business sectors, science and innovation, case studies, corporate views, key statistics and an interactive map
Osborne Clarke - Innovative Law Firm with offices in Bristol, the Thames Valley and London
Tradepartners UK - advice and information from the Government network that helps UK companies trade internationally

UK Company Formation Information

Business Practice & Regulation (UK Government list of key websites e.g. Health & Safety Executive, Management Best Practice, Office of Fair Trading etc)
Companies House - UK company registrations and invaluable source of information on legal aspects of company formation and operation
IPG Corporate - incorporate your company online, also includes a useful company name availability database
Inland Revenue - general information for business
Inland Revenue R&D Tax Credits - these boost the amount small and medium-sized companies can deduct for current spending on R&D when they compute their taxable profits.  SMEs can deduct £150 in its profit and loss account for each £100 of qualifying spending

Intellectual Property

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
British Library - patents information services - excellent list of IP resources on the web
Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA)
Copyright Licensing Agency
Data Protection Registrar
Department of Trade & Industry
The Eureka Club - Internet resource for inventors
European Patent Office
Institute of Patentees & Inventors - British organization
Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
LES - Licensing Executives Society
Patent Cafe
Software Patent Initiative - US site with database of software technology to help improve the patent process
UK Patent Office & Trade Mark Registry
US Patent & Trade Mark Office
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
WIPO PCT Database

Universities & Technology Transfer


UCTech - commercialising new technologies arising from publicly funded research at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory
AURIL - Association for University Research & Industry Links (UK)
AUTM - Association of University Technology Managers (US)
HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Publications
Research Councils - joint home page of UK Research Councils
TechnoLink - online resource for technology transfer professionals
Universities UK - formerly CVCP
The Universities Companies Association (UNICO)

Venture Capital & Funding Sources

Beer & Partners - the most successful and active firm of Private Equity Advisors in the UK.  They access a wide range of investors - institutional and private - for clients seeking venture capital
BVCA - British Venture Capital Association - represents venture capital and private equity in the UK
EVCA - European Venture Capital Association
Catalyst Venture Partners - Bath based partnership helping companies to start, grow and develop.  They specialise in technology and media sectors
First Tuesday West - the West of England branch of the world's largest meeting place for high tech entrepreneurs
Investors Chronicle Online
NESTA - National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - the UK's first national endowment fund set up with £200m of Lottery money
Private Equity Online - the destination website for Europe's private equity investors for news and intelligence
Recombinant Capital
Venture Capital Access Online - US site
Venture Capital Online - US site
Venturefest - Oxford's international fair for entrepreneurs and venture capital
The Wyvern Seedcorn Fund - the joint University of Bristol and Southampton Seedcorn Fund

European Sites

Business/Markets & other

for West European Studies (Univ. of Pittsburgh) eironline: European Industrial Relations Observatory Online

Euro Data Research Archive Links (Mannheim Center for European Social Research) 

EIROnline: European Industrial Relations Observatory Online
Euro Data Research Archive Links (Mannheim Center for European Social Research) 

European Governments on the WWW (G. Anzinger)

WWW Virtual Library: West European Studies (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Yahoo's Links to Europe

The Euro

Euro and the European Central Bank (Philadelphia Fed)
The Euro: Key Internet Websites (EU)
Euro (Wikipedia)
European Central Bank

European Union

CORDIS: Community Research & Development Information Service
European Commission Library Catalogs
European Investment Bank
ECLAS (European Commission Library Catalog)
The European Union in the U.S.
European Union A-Z Index
European Union Internet Resources (Univ. of Calif.-Berkeley)

Exports & Imports

Basic Guide to Exporting (UNZ&Co. & U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
Bureau of Industry & Security (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
District Export Council (U.S. Commercial Service)
Document Library (Office of the U.S. Trade Representative)
Export Assistance (
Export and Import (Business.Gov)
Export.Gov (U.S. Government Export Portal)
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Resource Guide on Export Processing Zones (ILO)
State Exports to Countries & Regions (ITA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
Tariff Information Center (U.S. International Trade Commission)
Thomas Global Register
TradeStats Express (U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
The 2006 National Export Strategy (ITA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce)
Welcome to Exporting 101 (Export.Gov)
Who Exports, Who Buys (Bureau of the Census)

Financial Crisis

An Analysis of Financial Crisis: Lessons for the International Financial System (R. Portes, London Bus. School)
1997 Asian Financial Crisis (Wikipedia)
Financial Crisis (Wikipedia)
Financial Crisis in Historical Perspective ( 2008, 07:07)
Financial Crises: Lessons from History (BBC/Sept. 2007)
The History of the Global Financial Crisis of 1997-99 in Asia as a Whole (World History Archives)
International Financial Crises Homepage (JJ Lim)
Of Manias, Panics & Crashes (
The World Financial Crisis (NYT)
This Time is Different: A Panoramic View of Eight Centuries of Financial Crisis (C. Reinhart-UOMaryland & K. Rogoff-HarvardU/April 2008)
United States Housing Bubble (Wikipedia)
What Happens During Recessions, Crunches & Busts? (Claessens, Kose & Terrones, IMF/August 2008)
What Happens During Recessions, Crunches & Busts? (PowerPoint Version; Claessens, Kose & Terrones, IMF/August 2008)