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Background to the Centre

The British Library Business & IP Centre in London launched in March 2006 and supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. 

Since the launch, over 350,000 entrepreneurs have used the Centre. 

The British Library Business & IP Centre is also a designated PATLIB UK centre. PATLIB UK is part of a Europe-wide network of patent information centres.

Fine out more about PATLIB UK 

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Our services

The Centre offers free access to the UK's most comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property databases and publications, including general startup advice, information on funding sources, market research, company data, business news and information on patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright.  

Anyone can use the British Library,  all you need is a Reader Pass.  

We also offer:

  • Advice sessions with experts
  • Workshops & events run by our in-house team and partners
  • Webcasts of previous events
  • Innovating for Growth programme

Success stories

Richard Woods

Richard Woods co-founded DIY Kyoto and launched the wattson...

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Contact us

Business & IP Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901
Email: Reference Team

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