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.

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. Or if you want specialised start-up support we have a programme for that too.
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

Mini-Masterclass: Copyright for business

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

One to one advice

Inventions advice clinics

Get expert advice at these one-to-one sessions

Workshop

How to find investors for your business

You have decided to start or grow your business - and now you need investment. But where do you start?

Workshop FREE

Speed mentoring: Grow your business online

Get trusted advice from our digital experts to help boost your online presence

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.

Articles

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

The serious business of saving lives

Friday, February 17, 2017

Since completing the Innovating for Growth programme, First Aid for Life has grown at a rate of 30% year on year, creating a solid financial foundation from which to scale up.

SNO – The ski travel company with big ambitions

Friday, February 17, 2017

Having started the company in 2006 after accidentally noticing a gap in the market, SNO has gone on to become the fastest growing ski travel business in the UK.

Networking with confidence

Thursday, February 9, 2017

There are big benefits to networking, but you need to start somewhere. Begin with just one email, phone call or coffee date a day. Then keep it up!

Get your bid in now for the Momentum Music Fund

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Momentum Music Fund are offering grants of £5k-£15k for artists and bands to help them break through to the next level.

More blog posts

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