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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


Marketing masterclass

A practical and action-packed marketing masterclass with Grow, the small business marketing experts.


Mini-Masterclass – copyright for business

An essential guide to understanding how copyright can help your business succeed


Mini-Masterclass – The British Library for business

Find out how to use the British Library’s collection to help your business succeed

One to one advice

Business advice clinics

Looking for impartial business advice? Then attend the highly rated LBSS business advice clinic.

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

Be business savvy like Shakespeare

26 May 2016

Poet, playwright, producer; what we know of Shakespeare’s life proves one thing – it’s possible to be creative and commercial.

Writer in Residence Update: No Copyright? Wonderful!

23 May 2016

Exploring the realms of expired copyright and the potential to develop new products.

Kikka Digga - Business & IP Centre Success Story

19 May 2016

On Saturday I visited Plumpton College near Lewes, for their annual open day. On display amongst the new-born lambs, Sussex wines, tractors and chainsaws was a stand for Kikka Digga. With my curiosity for all things new, I sauntered over...

Scaling up with Innovating for Growth

11 May 2016

This May we're welcoming fifteen new small businesses onto our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme.

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