The Business & IP Centre: London

The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7901

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For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

Starting your business

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.


Know your elevator pitch

Our four tips for the perfect elevator pitch will help you to hone down your business description into something short, snappy and effective.

Do's and don'ts of business networking

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.

Five tips for presenting your business ideas

Find out how to make an impact and significantly increase your chances of securing the interest of third parties.

What is a business plan?

Here is a brief guide to what a good business plan might entail for prospective entrepreneurs.

All business articles

How to avoid business planning mistakes

Learn how to avoid simple errors to give yourself the best chances for success.

Business Plan FAQ

All your business plan questions answered

Why small businesses should do market research

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.

Qualitative and quantitative research for small business

Learn about market research both qualitative and quantitative research.

Free industry guides

Up-to-date quality information for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

Our research service

Pay our experts to do research for you.

Databases and publications

Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.

Ask an expert

For established businesses, get extra help from our IT, marketing and invention experts.

Upcoming workshops & events


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?


How to generate PR for your business with a limited budget

The workshop will address the importance of PR for any small business

Workshop FREE

Introducing copyright

This workshop will explain the basics of copyright, including eligible works, duration of protection, key resources, and an introduction to protecting and managing your copyright as well as using the work of others.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introducing Lean Start-up

This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.

All business events

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