From Wednesday 22 July the British Library is intending to open some of our Reading Rooms as the first step of a phased reopening. We’re working really hard to open more of our spaces and services as quickly and as safely as possible. For more information, click here.
In the meantime, while our public spaces remain closed, the Business & IP Centre will continue to run webinars and you can watch previous events on our YouTube channel. Our reference team are also running online one-to-ones on intellectual property and business information.
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. Or if you want specialised start-up support we have a programme for that too.
What’s more we have a pilot programme, Start-ups in London Libraries, working in a hub and spoke model with 10 London boroughs to collaboratively provide support to aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage SMEs as well as 13 National Network Centres around the UK.
Upcoming workshops & events
This is a completely unprecedented time for small businesses and business owners. We have been working on developing a bespoke toolkit for small business owners for this period, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are.
Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps
Join our Marketing Masterclass to discover how to determine and reach customers for your new business venture.
Find out how the Start-ups in London Libraries programme can help you achieve business success.
Resources to help start, run and grow your business
Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.
Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.
Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.
Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.
Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property
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
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