The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

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


Raise your profile – get your business in the media part 1

Identify your ‘hook’ for publicity


Mini-masterclass: Researching your business idea

How to find the information you need to start and grow your business

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introducing Lean Start-up

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


Marketing masterclass

A practical and action-packed marketing masterclass with Grow, the small business marketing experts.

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.


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

10 Essential Reasons to Get Networking

Monday, October 24, 2016

Rasheed Ogunlaru outlines the key reasons to get networking

Tracking down old toy railway patents in the Business & IP Centre

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It was suggested I contact the British Library in Boston Spa. Again no luck, but they suggested I contact the Business & IP Centre in London. Within two hours of my email request, I was astonished to receive an email from Information Specialist Gail Mitchell who had not only found the patent (it turned out to be 233103) but had emailed me a copy. Fantastic service! Quite superb!

Get out of your own way - why you need confidence to raise your profile

Monday, October 3, 2016

Building a personal brand requires confidence - here's how to get it right

How British lifestyle label Toast went from strength to strength

Friday, September 30, 2016

We had a quick Q&A with Toast co-founder Jessica Seaton ahead of her appearance at the British Library

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