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

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introducing Lean Start-up

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

One to one advice

Getting that new product to market

One-to-one advice meetings to help you take the next big step and secure your place on the high street.

Workshop FREE

Intermediate guide to copyright

You already know a little about intellectual property, now take the next step to learn more at this workshop with the Intellectual Property Office.

Workshop FREE

Introduction to intellectual property

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea

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

The Sacred Bundle: a magical way to express your core business values

27 April 2016

Our Writer in Residence Melissa Addey tells us about Sacred Budles and how they can help your business.

5 ways to double your online sales with minimum investment

19 April 2016

Whatever your industry, your company’s future success depends on your ability to make the most of the digital opportunity.

Writer in Residence update: tips from the first workshops

13 April 2016

Our Writer in Residence, Melissa Addey, updates us on her first workshops in the Library and gives some tips for writing your own book and merchandise for writers.

Present with confidence: 5 traits of a great presenter

11 April 2016

Here is a list of five traits to help anyone become a great presenter/speaker.

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