Information resources

Access professional resources and expertise

The IoD offers various information resources to members; these are available via the Business Information Service, in the Business Library or as online guidance
Please note that most of the information is available free of charge however in some cases, such as market reports, there may be a cost involved.

Electronic resources

Please note that resources marked with an asterisk (*) are available for member use during Business Library opening hours.

Company information

  • FAME * - detailed company financials with up to 10 years history, where available, for incorporated companies in UK and Republic of Ireland
  • Orbis - global company database with detailed information on listed companies
  • Zephyr  - this tracks mergers & acquisitions and IPOs
  • Morningstar Company Intelligence - information on companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and their directors
  • Kompass * - resource for identifying manufacturers and suppliers of products in over 60 countries
  • Graydon - UK and international company credit reports. IoD members can receive 2 free credit reports on their own (UK) company, per calendar year, via the Business Information Service

Business news and journal articles

  • EBSCO Business Source Corporate Plus * - contains full text articles from leading business journals and trade publications and includes industry reports and company profiles
  • Nexis - provides information from over 36,000 international news and business sources

Market research reports

  • Key Note * - market research reports covering many UK market and industry sectors; limited extracts are available free to members and full reports are also available for purchase by members at a specially discounted rate
  • Research Monitor * - this resource is supplied by Euromonitor International and provides consumer market overviews and brief industrial snapshots in various international markets
  • Profound - provides access to an extensive collection of global market research reports which are chargeable but many are available for purchase by sections

Model documents and templates

  • Practical Law - has a wide range of business model documents including directors’ service agreements, employment contracts and templates for various commercial contracts. We can also send you guidance notes to help you tailor those model documents to your own needs

Online Guidance

  • IoD Briefings are for both established and growing businesses, covering topics such as finance, HR, IT, law, marketing and strategy

eBooks - dictionaries, encyclopedias and biographies

  • eBooks - access to Who's Who and 50 reference titles, including business guides, dictionaries and biographies in electronic format

Printed resources

  • Directories: UK trade directories covering a range of sectors such as publishing, health, legal, utilities, retail, third sector and insurance
  • Reference books: on all aspects of running a business, ranging from company and employment law, taxation, finance, personnel management and marketing. New additions to the collection
  • Dictionaries, almanacs and biographical directories
  • Salary surveys and pay information: including those from Croner and MM&K
  • Journals: business and academic journals such as Economic Outlook, Economist, Business Moneyfacts, Estates Gazette, Forbes, Fortune, People Management and Management Today
  • Newspapers: daily and weekend broadsheets
  • Corporate governance collection: covering areas such as executive and non executive director’s duties and responsibilities and best practice for the board and board committees
  • International information: books on issues such as business etiquette, culture and employment


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Mailing lists

Members, who want to carry out direct mail and telemarketing campaigns and target named individuals with particular titles, for example, Marketing manager/director, HR director, Finance director, should make use of

Credit checks

Members can obtain company credit reports on UK and international companies through the Business Information Service. They are ideal for risk analysis of existing customers, suppliers, competitors or business partners.