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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 ten National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop FREE

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Get the knowledge and information you need to successfully launch a business

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.


Mini-masterclass: Registered design searching

Understand how registered designs searching can help your businesses succeed


Plan, pitch, sell

Improve how you sell yourself, your brand and your products

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 and IP guides

Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and 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.


Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property

National Network

Find a Business & IP Centre near you.

Information clinics

Our staff provide free hour-long advice sessions to talk through your ideas in confidence, helping you to develop your business ideas and business plan

Blog posts

Deliciously Ella: How to create a business empire with a blog

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ella Woodward, founder of Deliciously Ella, chats to us about her sudden business growth and, how through the power of social media, she has created a powerful online brand.

SpareRoom: The flat-share company receiving over two million hits a month

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SpareRoom is an online matchmaking tool for finding flatmates. It is the UK's busiest flat sharing website and receives over two million hits a month.

Unruly: The online video sharing company helping brands reach an audience of 1.44 billion people

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Unruly was created in 2006 and helps brands reach an audience of 1.44 billion people, we caught up with co-founder and CEO Sarah Wood to ask her how she did it

Bloom & Wild: How this company became the UK’s top rated flower delivery service

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bloom & Wild makes it possible to order flowers in under a minute, and through-the-letterbox delivery means that receiving their flowers is as easy as receiving a letter.

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