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Starting a business is exciting, but the process can also be difficult and lonely. We have tons of resources to help get your business off the ground and friendly staff to help you along the way.
Our databases, publications and industry guides provide you with essential information, from competitor analysis to intellectual property basics. These resources are worth more than £5million and are freely available so you can use your hard-earned money on other aspects of your business. We also offer free and low cost advice through workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions. Live far from London? Visit one of our National Network sites.
The Business & IP Centre outlines the key skills & characteristics common within successful entrepreneurs; do you think you have what it takes?
The Business & IP Centre outlines the necessary qualities and skills required to become a successful entrepreneur – in charge of a thriving business.
Learn how to use the various social media channels available online to promote your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
Learn how to use Facebook as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
Learn how to use Twitter as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
Learn how to use Pinterest as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
Learn how to use YouTube as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
Learn how to use LinkedIn as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
Learn how to use Google+ as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide
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Discover the purpose of quantitative research for your business & the common methods you could use for your own large-scale research of your marketplace
Qualitative research helps businesses better understand their customers. Read on to learn about the benefits and challenges of qualitative business research methods
Discover the four common forms of market segmentation & how segmenting your customers can build a better picture of your clients’ demands throughout their life-cycle.
Click here to learn about the concept of market positioning & how to differentiate your brand from its competitors in order to influence consumer perception.
Discover the importance of a market exit strategy during the infancy of your business to provide focus on achieving your business goals
Read our five key tips for identifying trends within your fast-moving marketplace in order to stay ahead of the curve & continue to innovate for your customers
Learn how to create a profitable marketing strategy for untapped markets or diversifying into new products through primary & secondary market research
If you’re researching your market but you don’t know how to obtain a representative sample of people to question, read our 6 effective sampling techniques
Discover how a minimum viable product can help you develop products cost-effectively that meet the exacting needs of your target customers.
Learn how to make better business decisions using these six popular market intelligence studies to give you valid, relevant industry data on your competitors.
If you need to better understand your industry and your customers to grow your business, consider the following primary and secondary market research methods.
Developed a great business idea? It’s vital that you test it against what’s already available on the market. Market research can size up your business opportunities.
Setting up a new business? Discover the value of social media monitoring for assessing competitors and understanding the needs of prospective customers.
Discover four basic business research methods you can use to ascertain whether your new business idea has the potential to succeed in competitive markets.
Our four tips for the perfect elevator pitch will help you to hone down your business description into something short, snappy and effective.
The way you approach business networking can easily determine how successful you are in creating new contacts and clients. Find out what things to focus on, and what you need to avoid.
Here is a brief guide to what a good business plan might entail for prospective entrepreneurs.
Learn how to avoid simple errors to give yourself the best chances for success.
Market research is essential for businesses of all sizes and benefits everyone from small start-ups through to multinationals, paving the way for data-led success.
For start-ups keen to understand their market better, qualitative & quantitative research can be the difference between success & failure. Here are their benefits:
Upcoming workshops & events
Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.
In this practical workshop, all the key issues are covered to help you make your product idea a reality.
This hands-on workshop will teach you practical skills on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and how it can improve the online visibility of your business.
This session will help clarify your vision and goals, turn them into inspirational tools and improve the chances of making your idea a success.