The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

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.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introduction to Lean Start-Up

This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introduction to copyright for business

Almost every organisation has intellectual property of some sort – this series of webinars helps businesses to understand and protect it.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introduction to trade mark searching

This webinar explains the basics behind trade mark protection and how to use free web databases.

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

Liz Earle MBE: live up to your brand principles which stand the test of time

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Liz Earle is a household name. A wellbeing entrepreneur, TV presenter and the number one bestselling author of over 35 books on a range of health, beauty and wellbeing topics, she is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Liz Earle...

From Under Dog to Top Dog in the Male Skincare Industry

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bulldog Skincare for Men launched eleven years ago, and is currently driving the market for male skincare growth in the UK. Way back in 2008 we welcomed the founders to the British Library stage to talk about the brand that...

Exploring the archives… and finding commercial treasures

Friday, June 8, 2018

Because I spent many years in business focused on developing new products I’m always looking for inspiration. New products, creative ideas and services rarely appear out of nowhere, instead we come up with them because we see something that gets...

Royal Wedding designer inspiration: quirky and creative merchandise you may actually want to buy (and keep)

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Millions of people around the world had their hearts and imaginations captivated by the sheer scale and exuberance of the Royal Wedding. When an actress quits Hollywood to marry a prince, surely this is truly the stuff fairy tales are...

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