Free industry and IP guides

We have handpicked the best information for understanding intellectual property (IP) and for researching key industries. These guides highlight useful databases, publications and websites. You'll be able to find all this information for free in the Business & IP Centre. To use it, you just need to get a reader pass.

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Introduction to Designs

Understand how registered designs searching can help your businesses succeed

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Introduction to Copyright

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

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Introduction to Trade Marks

An essential guide to understanding how trade marks can help your business succeed

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Introduction to Patents

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

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Advertising

Find information on the marketing and advertising industry, including trends and new formats such as online advertising

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Books and publishing

Find directories of publishers, lists of books in print and market research on trends in the publishing industry.

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Business and finance

This guide covers business advice, management/marketing consulting, public relations and financial advice services.

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Construction and property

Directories of builders, scaffolding suppliers etc as well as trends and forecasts for the construction and property industry.

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Cycling

Find out how you can capitalise on the cycling industry which includes equipment, accessories and services.

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Drinks

Get details on the drinks industry including alcoholic drinks and the soft drinks market. Covering brewers, distillers and licensing, as well as market information on specific areas such as champagne, ale and wine.

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Energy

Includes information on water power, sustainability, biofuels, wind power and solar power.

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Fashion

Information on fashion, fabrics, department stores and retailers and many specific reports on key areas, such as footwear.

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Fast food and snacks

Pizza, frozen food, savoury snacks and fast food outlets are all covered in these reports.

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Footwear

Reports on all areas of footwear, including specific shoe brands and types such as sporting footwear.

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Furniture

Directories on interior design and department stores and reports on shopfitting, furniture and flooring.

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Giftware

Includes information on greetings cards, crafts, promotional gifts, homewares, glassware, party supplies & luxury goods.

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Global business

Get economic information about other developing countries, statistics and resources for exporting and importing.

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Graphic design

All the latest reports from the fast-changing world of graphic design as well as directories, small business help and market research.

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Health and fitness

This includes gyms, complimentary/alternative health, nutrition and health clubs.

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Horticulture

Including gardening, horticulture retail, floristry and landscaping.

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Jewellery

Details of arts and craft, jewellery, luxury retailing, silver and gold and watch-making.

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Lean Startup

Information about how to apply the principles of lean to your business

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London business

This guide is a list of selected internal and external resources that contain London statistical and general information to assist doing business in London.

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Music

Information on the music and video industries, including the online music market and concerts and festivals.

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Organic food

Directories of organic food suppliers, the growth of the organic food market and reports on health foods and healthy eating.

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Pet products

Find out more about the pet products and services industry.

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Recruitment and training

Information on recruitment, training, management, human resources, including specific information on IT training.

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Sports

Suppliers for the sports industry, information on specific sports such as fishing and motorsports, relevant trade magazines.

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Telecommunications

Details on emerging technologies, such as developments in mobile phones, and trade magazines such as 'Mobile monthly'.

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Toiletries and cosmetics

Details on hair and beauty, skin care and makeup and reports on shopper behaviour and trends.

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Toys and games

Find trends for toys and games, including video games, outdoor games, giftware, and reports on marketing to children.

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Travel and tourism

Holiday trends, specific reports such as caravanning and duty free, and trade publications such as 'Bed and Breakfast News'.

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TV and film

Directories of media companies, production companies etc and market research on trends in TV and film.

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