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The complete business reference adviser

The complete business reference adviser (COBRA) is a free and extensive resource that’s perfect for anyone starting a business or running a small business.

What is COBRA?

COBRA has information on 600 small business trades and professions, including how-to guides, market summaries and information about trade events, business support and funding. It has resources that can help you with:

  • researching different industries
  • writing a business plan
  • practical advice on how to set up your business
  • advice on paying your staff
  • apprenticeship opportunities
  • events near you.

Who can use COBRA?

COBRA is for anyone who is:

  • considering self-employment
  • starting a new business
  • already running a small business
  • preparing for a job interview.

How to access COBRA

You can use your Lewisham library card to access the database, either in one of our libraries or from home.

If you aren’t a member of the library service you can sign up online.