About the Business & IP Centre
We support entrepreneurs and innovators from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and growing a business.
We provide a comprehensive collection of databases and publications plus a programme of practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and inspiring talks. Our users rate our intellectual property (IP) information as the most valuable part of our service and 99% of them would recommend the Centre to others.
There are six National Network Business & IP Centres around the country - visit us and we'll help make your business a success.
Free resources in the Centre
- Over £5m worth of online market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Euromonitor and more
- Company data for over 144 million UK and global companies
- Start-up books and business directories
- 700,000 historical annual reports
- Over 60 million patents
Register for a Reader Pass to access these resources.
Our Innovating for Growth programme is a tailored three-month business support initiative for scale-ups run by the British Library Business & IP Centre and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
Enterprising Libraries: A blueprint for delivering economic growth in UK cities
Our two year initiative to run business support services in libraries across the UK has attracted more than double the national average of women to start up their own businesses, and triple the number of entrepreneurs from black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds.
2014 Support our joint future survey
How we’ve helped 40,000 people over the past 8 years start and grow their businesses.
Seven-Up Census results
Businesses who’ve used the Centre average a turnover increase of £8.80 per £1 of public money invested.
Our expert partners run a wide range of practical workshops and networking events. From ‘how to find investors’ to ‘online marketing masterclasses’ they can help you with any aspect of your business journey. Find the full list of our partners here.
Our Ambassadors come from a diverse range of business sectors and bring a variety of specialisms to their roles in helping to raise the profile of the Business & IP Centre services on a national and local basis.
Lord Bilimoria CBE, founder of Cobra Beer
Tim Campbell MBE, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust
Dr Stephen Fear, founder of the Fear Group
Leon Fear, entrepreneur, The Fear Group
Kanya King MBE, founder & CEO of MOBO Organisation
Paul Lindley, founder of organic baby and toddler food brand, Ella's Kitchen
Centre opening hours
10.00 - 20.00 Mon
09.30 - 20.00 Tues – Thurs
09.30 - 17.00 Fri – Sat
Business Essentials Wiki
For a one-stop shop for website listings for entrepreneurs and SMEs, covering topics such as ‘business planning’, ‘grants and finance’, ‘marketing and PR’ as well as industry specific pages take a look at Business Essentials Wiki.