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.

Upcoming workshops & events

Panel Discussion FREE

Start-up Stars: How I turned my business into a reality

Find out how our panel of businesses turned the seed of an entrepreneurial idea into a thriving 'real-world' business

Workshop FREE

How do I protect a business idea?

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.

Workshop FREE

Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success.

Workshop FREE

What next for my business idea?

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Find out how the Start-ups in London Libraries programme can help you achieve business success.

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

Articles

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

From ‘hippy’ to ‘hip’ – how the wellness sector had a major re-brand

Friday, June 14, 2019

We all had that one shop in our hometown growing up that sold crystals and burnt incense. Back in Macclesfield, where I grew up, that place was Spivey’s Web. You know the type of place I mean: bedecked in wind...

Food Season at the Business & IP Centre

Monday, June 10, 2019

With the British Library’s Food Season coming to a close, we take a look back at the past few months and the events the Business & IP Centre has celebrated with, including panel talks, inventors’ club, speed mentoring, workshops and...

IP Corner: Intellectual Property behind the Writing: Making Your Mark exhibition

Friday, June 7, 2019

I don’t know about you, but since the growth in our dependency on computers of all shapes and sizes my handwriting has certainly deteriorated. Everything I was taught at primary school has gone out the window in favour of Calibri...

European Patent Office’s PATLIB Summit

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Business & IP Centre Hull, part of our National Network, recently visit Porto, Portugal for the first PATLIB Summit. Sue Pleasance, Enterprise and IP Lead Officer attended, along with other representatives of national patent offices of the European Patent Office’s...

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