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

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

How much will it cost to develop my new product?

Helping you negotiate the hidden costs and unexpected processes of bringing a new product to the market

Workshop

How do I explore my market?

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

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Inventors’ Club

Join us for the second of our new Inventors’ Club series, designed to help you refine and protect that new product idea you’ve been tinkering with

Workshop

How to make the supermarket buyers call you

This three hour workshop is aimed at small and medium food and drink companies who want to grow their 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

Start-up Day: Meet the Speakers

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

With Start-up Day fast approaching, here's an introduction to a few of the speakers who will be giving their expert advice on the day. How to understand the UK market right now Jack Duckett @mintelnews I am the senior consumer...

If the Shoe Fits… Finding your Business Niche

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Finding your niche in any market can be tough; who is your customer? What do they want? What are your competition doing? Amanda Overs, graduate of the Business & IP Centre’s Innovating for Growth: Scale-up programme and founder of I...

IP Corner: Patent databases, which one is right for you?

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Here at the British Library's Business & IP Centre we meet many inventors who are starting out on their journey through to patenting their inventions. The majority understand that their first action should be to search to see if their...

Meet Martha Silcott, breaking taboos, one period at a time

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Each year 1.4 billion tampons are flushed, ending up in the sewer system, causing flooding and pollution. Water companies spend 88 million pounds per year getting all the un-flushable items out of the sewers. What can be done to solve...

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