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For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

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 ten National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

Get cash flow confident

A practical and stress-free way to get the financial knowledge, confidence and tools to help you understand, forecast and manage for growth.

Workshop

How do I explore my market?

A guide to using British Library market research sources to find information on your business sector.

One to one advice

Inventions advice clinics

This session will help clarify your vision and goals, turn them into inspirational tools and improve the chances of making your idea a success.

Workshop

How to attract the right investors

You have decided to start or grow your business - and now you need investment. But where do you start?

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

Top 3 business resolutions for 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

We asked three successful Innovating for Growth* businesses to share their top business priorities for 2018. From focusing on ethical production practices to planning achievable services that offer clear value to customers, here is how the owners of Asquith activewear,...

The top 10 tips for starting up an online business from the experts

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

We gathered a panel of experts who have all made a success of running a business online, to find out what helped or hindered them. The panel consisted of Tom Adeyoola, Founder and CEO of Metail, Rikke Rosenlund, Founder of...

Why would I need a book for my business?

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

You may not have included writing a book in your business or marketing strategy. Why should a café, an accountant, an accessories maker, a toy company or a software designer, to name but a few, have a book? In 2016,...

Meet the entrepreneurs who made their mark online

Friday, February 16, 2018

As part of the The British Library’s Business & IP Centre’s flagship Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Internet Icons event, a panel of entrepreneurs who made a success of online business gathered to share their knowledge. Starting a business can be daunting enough....

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