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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 FREE

How can I protect a business idea?

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.

Workshop FREE

Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success.

Workshop

How do I explore my market?

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

Workshop

The Radical Entrepreneur: Pitch your business to win

Pitch, present and communicate your ideas in a way that wins business.

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

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...

Unleash Your Imagination With A Creative WordPress Blog

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The digital landscape is driven by an attention economy: whoever can hold the attention and capture the excitement of website visitors will benefit most. Blogging is the ultimate way to create a space online that is entirely yours. Our partners...

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Intellectual property (IP) is like any other piece of property and the owner of the intellectual Property rights controls what if anything happens to those rights including who can benefit from the work or from the investment the rights holder has made into the creation of the product or service.

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