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.

We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are on hand all day, six days a week, to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business.

Develop your ideas with our market research and company databases,  learn new skills at a workshop or mini-masterclass, have a confidential one-to-one and put your questions to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs at our inspiring talks. 

If you’re an ambitious business owner, with plans to scale-up, we also offer £10,000 worth of free support through our Innovating for Growth programme. What’s more we have eight National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop FREE

Introduction to the Business & IP Centre

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success


Mini-Masterclass: The British Library for business

Find out how to use our collection to help your business succeed


Online marketing masterclass

Grow's online marketing masterclass covers the 9 fundamental areas of digital marketing that you have to know to be successful on the web.

Webinar FREE

Google webinar: tell your story online

Learn from Google how to use the power of the internet to reach more customers

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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 … Ed Salt, MD of Delamere Dairy

13 June 2016

We caught up with Ed Salt, Managing Director of Delamere Dairy. Ed tells us what makes the company unique and what it takes to be successful at exporting.

How much is Shakespeare worth in 2016?

09 June 2016

After four centuries Shakespeare continues to be recognised as the greatest writer in the English language. And in fact Shakespeare himself was quite a savvy businessman, amassing enough money to acquire the one of the largest houses in his home of Stratford-Upon-Avon. But how much is his literary legacy worth today?

Spotlight on … Paul Sulyok, CEO & Founder of Green Man Gaming

06 June 2016

We caught up with Paul Sulyok, CEO and Founder of Green Man Gaming, a pioneering, global eCommerce technology company that has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2010.

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.

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