Business information service

Solihull libraries provide a range of information to help support local businesses, or to help you if you're starting up in business.

Library members can access useful resources using our virtual reference library. If you’re not yet a member it’s free to join the library.

Company information and mailing lists Setting up & running a business If you're employing someone Other facilities

Company information and mailing lists

Can be used for:

  • researching a company and its activities for business or job hunting
  • looking for business to business opportunities (including mailing lists)
  • contacting businesses over consumer issues


MINT is an excellent source for mailing lists, and B2B research.

Over 5.5 million UK companies are listed including over three million active companies. Mailing lists can be created using a range of criteria including postcodes and other geographical areas, turnover, type of business, and number of employees. You can plot the company structure including shareholders, subsidiaries and corporate groups.

Information available includes:

  • contact details with phone number and web address if available
  • financial data for 3 years, and analyses/ratios for the company
  • credit scores and ratings
  • director and other contact details which link directly to their LinkedIn profiles
  • shareholder and ownership data
  • access to Companies House documents

Mint UK also provides access to a wealth of information on directors including: date of birth, address, current and previous directorships and in some cases, biographical information.

Request a mailing list

You can request a mailing list from the MINT database; the minimum charge is £30 for up to 400 businesses and 6p for each additional business over 400, irrespective of the level of information for each business.

Request a mailing list

Card payments will be obtained from the Core Theatre Box Office. A telephone number is required if you are paying by card.

Please note, the MINT database is compiled from a variety of information sources, including the companies/businesses themselves. For this reason, the availability of some information, such as types of directors, or contact addresses/emails, cannot be guaranteed.

For smaller businesses some information is estimated, such as the number of employees and turnover.

Solihull Libraries do not have control over the content of the MINT database and cannot be held responsible for decisions made using the information supplied. Phone numbers in the MINT database are marked if they are registered with the Corporate or other Telephone Preference Service to prevent unwanted sales calls.

Information on the law relating to email marketing business can be obtained from the Information Commissioners Office.


FAME stands for Financial Analysis Made Easy, and contains information on 3.4 million UK companies, with detailed financial information for 2.4 million of these.

Reports available include:

  • contact information, in some cases with web and email addresses
  • full profit and loss and balance sheets
  • cash flow and ratios
  • financial trends and changes
  • credit scores and ratings
  • director and shareholder details
  • details of senior staff
  • access to Companies House documents including annual returns

If you want more information on how to obtain mailing lists or other information please contact us. A charge is applicable for some services. FAME is only available for use in libraries.

The Central Library also has in print:

  • Kompass UK, the annual business directory with detailed product information
  • Dun and Bradstreet Regional Business Registers for the area
  • Company Refs, a quarterly source for investors

Setting up and running a business

Enterprise for Success

Our Enterprise for Success scheme offers free business assistance and mentoring for start-ups.

If you're employing someone:

GoCitizen is an online study resource for candidates preparing for the Life in the UK Test or British citizenship test. The service includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook, plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.

To access GoCitizen enter your library card number with SLP in capital letters and without spaces. This site requires registration using a valid email address.

Theory Test Pro

Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test, for cars, motorcycles, large goods vehicles, and passenger carrying vehicles. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.

When you first use Theory Test Pro, you will need to register with your name, email address and password. This information allows Theory Test Pro to save your test scores so you can follow your progress as you practice for the test. There is no charge to access Theory Test Pro.

To access Theory Test Pro enter your library card number with SLP in capital letters and without spaces.

UK Newsstand

68 National and local newspapers, from the Daily Telegraph and Guardian to the Sun and Mirror, and the Birmingham Post and Mail, and the journal New Statesman. You can save your search to keep up to date with news related to your area of business, or to find out about a company or product. It has editions going back several years.

UK Newsstand is available for home or office use at any time, through the Virtual Reference Library. To access UK Newsstand website and enter your library card number with SLP in capital letters and without spaces.


The online service of Moneyfacts journal. It includes market mortgage sourcing, life quotations, savings, loans and cards searches, and statistics such as the Retail Price Index since 1948.

eMoneyfacts is only at Solihull Central library.

Also available at Solihull Central library in print:

  • complete set of UK Phone Books, Yellow Pages and Business Pages
  • HM Revenue and Customs Tariff for exporters and importers
  • some specialist directories such as retail directory, computer users yearbook and tolleys tax guides
  • UK Acts of Parliament
  • UK statistics on economic and social trends
  • detailed local census information
  • executive grapevine - the guide to executive recruitment consultants

Other facilities

Computers with internet access are available in every Solihull library. Computers are free to use for 2 hours each day with a small charge for extended use. Free wi-fi is also available in every Solihull library.

Libraries also can send faxes and have scanning facilities.

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