The Business & IP Centre: London

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901

Opening times

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

Workshop FREE

Introducing copyright

This workshop will explain the basics of copyright, including eligible works, duration of protection, key resources, and an introduction to protecting and managing your copyright as well as using the work of others.

Workshop FREE

Making your business more ethical

This is an interactive half-day workshop to make your business more ethical and green.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introducing Lean Start-up

This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.


Getting it made

This interactive session, part of the Design Create Sell series of workshops, is essential for any designer/maker or SME that is planning to outsource their production or is experiencing problems with their manufacturing.

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.

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.

Databases and publications

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

Ask an expert

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

Blog posts

Top business tips from our panel with Deborah Meaden

20 November 2015

Top business tips from Deborah Meaden, Dragons' Den; Oliver Tress, founder of Oliver Bonas and Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer.

5 top skills to make you a good salesperson

13 November 2015

Learn the detective-like skills of a salesperson required for any successful entrepreneur.

Top tips for social entrepreneurs from OHYO’s MD Guy Jeremiah

11 November 2015

OHYO’s MD Guy Jeremiah gives some top tips for social entrepreneurs

Question time with Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress

05 November 2015

We asked Oliver Tress, founder of Oliver Bonas stores, some questions ahead of his upcoming appearance at the British Library on the 18 November.

More blog posts

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