Global resource for Scottish business

Scottish companies looking for cutting edge global business information can now access the world's largest company database - Global Reference Solution (GRS) - via the National Library of Scotland's (NLS) business information service, SCOTBIS.

Available exclusively in Scotland via SCOTBIS, Dun & Bradstreet's Global Reference Solution provides instant access to a database of over 80 million records, and is the largest company database of its kind in the world. NLS is the first library in the UK to deliver free remote access to the product. As a result, companies across Scotland can now access this global business resource instantaneously and without geographical constraint, with results delivered directly to their desktop.

Within seconds, users can verify the existence and background of a company anywhere in the world and obtain information on their size, length of trading, corporate structure and other key data. Access to the data is free, although there is a nominal charge of 10p per page for downloads or printouts.

John Coll, Business Information Manager at NLS, said: 'We are extremely excited about this service. SCOTBIS is committed to delivering information to Scottish businesses when and where they need it. GRS is just the first step in ensuring this and we plan to deliver further resources in the near future.'

The Library will launch the service on Thursday 25 October with the help of Alastair Balfour, former editor of Scottish Business Insider and co-founder of The Entrepreneurial Exchange. Mr Balfour said: 'As a former business journalist and publisher, I've always been aware of the immense value of accurate and contemporary company information. The National Library's Scottish business information service, SCOTBIS, has been of great help to me and my companies in the past, so I'm delighted they are expanding their excellent resources still further with the launch of the GRS global company database.'

The acquisition of GRS complements the National Library's vast business resources, which form one of the largest publicly accessible business collections in the country, offering access to over 1,000 business and trade journals, 1500 business directories and 5,000 market research reports, including Mintel.

The emphasis is on providing non-theoretical business information, i.e. data on companies, industries and market trends, and SCOTBIS recently launched a revamped version of its website ( where an ever-increasing array of remote services is available to members.

As well as the free services, SCOTBIS also offers a range of value-added services including document delivery, detailed research and news alerts.


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21 October 2007

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