To keep our users and staff safe we’ve decided to close our public spaces for the time being and suspend events. This includes the BIPC in London and our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops in borough libraries. We know that small business owners and entrepreneurs are facing an incredibly worrying and uncertain period and, at the BIPC, we want to use our online resources to offer as much support and information as we can in these difficult times.

If you were planning to attend an upcoming workshop we’ll be in touch to let you know if and when this event will be rescheduled or to arrange a refund. Please bear with us while we make these arrangements.

In the meantime some of our workshops will be running as webinars and you can watch previous events on our YouTube channel. There are also articles, blogs and Industry Guides on our website. We’re here for businesses during these closures and can’t wait to welcome you back when we reopen.

We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are here to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business. 

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

Workshop FREE

Marketing Masterclass - Start-ups in London Libraries


Join our Marketing Masterclass to discover how to determine and reach customers for your new business venture.

Webinar FREE

Daily Meditation For Freelancers And Founders


Your wellbeing is important to us. To help you find some balance, we have partnered with Anis Qizilbash, she runs the London BIPC centre’s monthly Build Resilience, Restore Balance sessions, to provide you with free daily meditation sessions.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Bid Writing Masterclass: Part 1 – Housekeeping Rules

Learn to build the internal capacity required to become fit to supply or contract ready.


Webinar: Tips for better smartphone photography for your business

Learn the basics of better photography with a mix of presentation and hands-on workshop.

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.

Our Corporate Partners

Our corporate partners help us to support business owners like you from start up to scale up


Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property

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

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The EU exchange programme for new and budding entrepreneurs

Blog posts

A message from the BIPC

Friday, March 27, 2020

Photo credit: Tony Antoniou Since 2006 our doors have been open to everyone. Throughout this time our mission has remained constant: to help businesses to innovate and grow, and to diversify and democratise entrepreneurship across the country through our free...

Getting to grips with IP: Back to basics

Monday, March 2, 2020

We asked Briffa, a boutique IP law firm based at the Business Design Centre in Islington, who are specialist IP lawyers and Business & IP Centre delivery partners, to unravel the confusion and complexities around IP… Éamon Chawke, Partner at...

Meet our delivery partner: Elaine Powell

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I remember when I attended a workshop delivered by my friend Jessica Huie on Raising your profile through PR. It was such a great session, delivered in a short space of time with amazing tips to implement, that I left...

Learning new languages through music with Bilingual Beats

Thursday, February 20, 2020

UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation) created International Mother Language Day in 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Every year since then, the day have been celebrated to promote the dissemination of mother tongues...

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