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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.

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

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How to register as a limited company

A step-by-step guide on how to register a limited company

Workshop FREE

Get started workshop

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

Webinar FREE

Google webinar: tell your story online

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

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.

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

Waste not, want not. The business of turning discarded food into delicious chutney

15 August 2016

We caught up with Jenny Dawson Costa, founder and CEO, of relish range Rubies in the Rubble.

How we amped-up our business strategy and our trading firm took off

11 August 2016

We spoke to the founders of Amplify Trading about their unique approach to trading and how they have established their high-regarded reputation in the industry

How I took my business from a small start-up to a super success

10 August 2016

We asked Arit Eminue how she turned her passion into a successful business

A finger on the pulse of sustainable food business

29 July 2016

This year two sustainable food topics have caught my attention. We are halfway through the UN’s International Year of Pulses (IYP2016) to “position pulses as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients”. And secondly, the growth in the consumption of insects as a nutritious source of food, or entomophagy to give its official name.

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