The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901

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For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

The Business & IP Centre provides support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. At the Centre you can access a comprehensive collection of databases and publications for free, as well as attend practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and inspiring talks. 

We also offer London-based businesses £10,000 worth of free support through our Innovating for Growth programme. There are eight National Network Business & IP Centres around the country, visit your nearest Centre and increase your chances of success. 

Upcoming workshops & events


StartUp Saturday

StartUp Saturday is a fun and friendly one-day course for people who want to start their own business.

Workshop FREE

Research for new businesses

This workshop will help you to identify the information you need and the types of business information resource that you can use to find it.


Beginner's guide to intellectual property

An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, a brand name or a song.

Workshop FREE

How to grow your business in Europe

During this workshop you will also hear about upcoming opportunities, which will make it easier for businesses to access funding across Europe.

All business events

Resources to help start, run and grow your business

Starting your business

Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.

Protecting your ideas

Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.

Growing your business

Want to go international or expand your product range? Get top tips for taking your business to the next level.

Databases and publications

Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.

Free industry guides

Up-to-date quality information for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

Our research service

Pay our experts to do research for you.

Ask an expert

For established businesses, get extra help from our IT, marketing and invention experts.

Blog posts

Spotlight on… Original Dating

11 February 2016

We asked Andrew, the founder of Original Dating, a few questions about starting a company that deals in the business of love.

How to have a successful business partnership

10 February 2016

Advice on what to avoid and what can make your relationship last in business.

Growing up: business success stories

08 February 2016

Here are some of the inspiring stories of businesses who moved from start-up to growth stage with our help.

Spotlight on … Renaud Visage, Eventbrite Co-Founder

04 February 2016

We chatted to Eventbrite Co-Founder, Renaud Visage, ahead of his upcoming appearance at our Inspiring Entrepreneurs event later this month.

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