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. 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 - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Take a look at our latest report, 'Democratising Entrepreneurship', to see more of the real-life impact the Business and IP Centre has had on businesses operating today. 

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

Marketing masterclass

This workshop is suitable for owners of small and medium-sized businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, those who work in marketing, marketing students at university or anyone with an interest in SME marketing.

Workshop FREE

Profit with Purpose: Creators of change

Lessons and advice on what it takes to create purposeful change in the cultural and creative industries

Workshop

How do I research my market?

A guide to using British Library market research sources to find information on your business sector. And best practice for your field research.

Workshop

How do I search registered designs?

Understand how registered designs searching can help your businesses succeed

All business events

Blog posts

Inside an ethical fashion business

Monday, September 16, 2019

Our Project Manager for the Business & IP Centre's scale-up programme, Innovating for Growth, Vanesa, not only manages the programme by day, but also runs her own sustainable fashion business by night, weekend and everything in between. Here she discusses...

Follow JRPass' Director through the Innovating for Growth programme: Branding

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Each quarter, we pick 18 high-growth businesses to take part in our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme, where businesses receive £10,000 worth of tailored and bespoke business support and advice. Not only do businesses gain three months of guidance, they...

Meet our delivery partners: Alasdair Inglis, Grow

Monday, September 9, 2019

Alasdair Inglis has been running marketing masterclasses at The British Library Business & IP Centre for a decade and is our Marketer In Residence. He runs two marketing masterclasses at the British Library Business & IP Centre. About the Digital...

Follow JRPass' Director through the Innovating for Growth programme: Maximising your intellectual property

Friday, September 6, 2019

Each quarter, we pick 18 high-growth businesses to take part in our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme, where businesses receive £10,000 worth of tailored and bespoke business support and advice. Not only do businesses gain three months of guidance, they...

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