Following the latest government advice and to keep everyone safe, our public spaces will be closed from Thursday 5 November, including our Reading Rooms and the Business & IP Centre. For more information, click here. Until then, we’re always open online.
We will continue to run webinars, including our Reset. Restart programme offering support to SMEs across the country through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Our reference team are also running online one-to-ones on intellectual property and business information.
These are all available on our website alongside articles, blogs and Industry Guides. For more remote support, you can also browse what’s available in local Business & IP Centres across the UK or in 10 London boroughs. We’re here for businesses and look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen.
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 15 National Network Centres around the UK, in addition to our Centre at the British Library.
Upcoming workshops & events
We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why we’ve developed a dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are.
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.
Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps
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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