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.

These are all available on our website alongside articles, blogs and Industry Guides. We’re here for businesses 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

Business resilience toolkit

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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.

Workshop FREE

Get ready for business - Start-ups in London Libraries

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Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps

Workshop FREE

Marketing Masterclass - Start-ups in London Libraries

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

Webinar FREE

What next for my business idea? (Online) - Start-ups in London Libraries

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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

Meet our delivery partner: Centa

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Centa is a long-standing social enterprise and a partner of the Business & IP Centre for over 12 years. Trading for over 36 years in central London, we support people wishing to start a business and offer existing small businesses...

3-steps to get time back (and grow your business) 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Adam Slawson is lead consultant at Fluxx for Good, one of our delivery partner businesses who provide support and expertise to those attending events such as our speed mentoring. Here he gives some top tips on how to understand your...

A week in the life of… Rachel Jones, founder of SnapDragon Monitoring

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Rachel Jones is founder and Head Dragon at SnapDragon Monitoring in Edinburgh. SnapDragon delivers online brand protection, seller insights and market intelligence to brands around the world. Rachel founded SnapDragon based on her experiences of defending her first creation the...

Meet Salma Attan, founder of Bushwood Bees and Start-ups in London Libraries participant

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Last year, Salma Attan decided it was time to turn her hobby into her livelihood and started her beekeeping business Bushwood Bees. She maintains hives on the roof of the East London Mosque, making honey and other bee-based products from...

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