About Cobweb

Cobweb Information is a leading independent researcher, observer, commentator and publisher of information describing the risks, rewards, opportunities, dangers and facts involved in business start up, micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship.

The Cobweb Information office

Our relentlessly updated publications provide practical insights into over 600 small business trades, professions, sectors and start up ideas.

Our information covers the ‘must know’ facts, trading issues and restrictions, licences and standards, risks and regulations, market developments and trends, qualifications and courses, local and national support available, industry resources and reports … and much more.

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Who are Cobweb’s customers and users?

Cobweb’s publications and services are extensively used by business advisers, information professionals, banks, enterprise support agencies, seedcorn finance providers, and other trade organisations and enterprise practitioners who guide and encourage small and micro-business owners and new start ups.

Business advisers, and information professionals use our services for:

  • advising, coaching and mentoring business start ups
  • supporting existing small firms and traders
  • business sector and trade-specific intelligence
  • pre-investment/funding due diligence
  • appraising business plans
  • improving their own current business awareness

These business professionals subscribe to COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) and read the free weekly BAD News current awareness e-bulletin.

Business startups and existing micro/small business owners also use our publications to:

  • research their business idea
  • start up a new business
  • write business plans and marketing plans
  • understand business-specific trading and legal issues
  • find new customers
  • run their business more effectively

They subscribe to Better Business magazine, adopt best marketing practice in the UK Small Business Marketing Bible, and read the free weekly EnterQuest business tips and ideas newsletter.

They also buy small business guides, factsheets and sector reports from our Scavenger business information store.

Customised information

Upon request, Cobweb will research and produce customised content in the form of factsheets, articles, news and reports for third-party newsletters, websites and other business-specific publications.

> Contact us for more information about customised or bespoke content based on your own requirements.

Cobweb’s unique expertise and experience

We currently employ 14 staff and an intrepid pool of specialist freelance researchers, authors, editors and independent business experts.

We are based in Gateshead (across the river from Newcastle) in the north east of England.

The company has been trading since 1998, although our directors have been publishing business information and providing support (including some of our current product range) at the coal face of business start up and small business development since the 1980s.

In fact, the Cobweb team can boast a unique understanding of micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship, local business support and the small business sector in general.

This has been gained by working face-to-face and directly supporting and encouraging thousands of business start ups and owner managers during the 1980s and ’90s … and of course through publishing the UK’s leading small business information service for the last 14 years.

> Contact us for more information about Cobweb, our history, expertise and management team.