Following the latest government advice and to keep everyone safe, our public spaces are now closed, including our Reading Rooms and the Business & IP Centre. For more information, click here. Until we can welcome you back to the BIPC, 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 articlesblogs 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.

 
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 15 National Network Centres around the UK, in addition to our Centre at the British Library.

Upcoming workshops & events

Webinar FREE

Reset. Restart: your customer offer

Learn how to create a powerful value proposition to attract more customers.

Webinar FREE

Innovating for Growth webinar: Doing business research at home

This webinar aims to help people who are working at home but still need to use information to help them to plan and deliver business activities without usual access to the resources offered at Business & IP Centres which are closed during the ...

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.

Reset. Restart

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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.

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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

Friday, April 9, 2021

Jennifer Earle, with her enticingly named Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, founded her business back in 2005 by doing the things she loved best; learning, London, meeting new people and tasting delicious food, especially chocolate! We caught up with Jennifer, a recent...

Friday, April 9, 2021

The retail industry is changing at a very fast rate and so are the services linked to it. Approximately 87% of British consumers have made an online purchase in the last 12 months, and the United Kingdom only comes after...

Design for a better life – the legacy of William Morris

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Have you ever bought anything artisan made? It might be something like a beauty product, organic food or even sustainable handmade furniture? Or maybe an ethically made fashion item or you’ve sampled an exotic craft beer locally made by an...

Meet our delivery partner: Sam Lane

Friday, March 19, 2021

Not everyone can afford a professional photographer, especially when you are starting a new business and having to spin a number of plates including and not limited to marketing, research and finance... But these days almost everyone has a great...

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