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

Take a look at our latest report, 'Democratising Entrepreneurship', to see more of the real-life impact the Business and IP Centre has had on businesses operating today. 

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

The weekend way to write a successful business plan

In this workshop you will learn about how to approach the fundamentals by creating the foundation of your business in the form of your business plan.

Workshop FREE

Get ready for business

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Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps

Workshop FREE

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.

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

Meet our delivery partners: Bob Lindsey

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bob Lindsey, founder of Thames Productions, runs one-to-one workshops for entrepreneurs at the British Library's Business & IP Centre, for innovators seeking advice on their product ideas and what to do next. He also runs a workshop on How much...

A week in the life of... Loretta Awuah, Start-ups in London Libraries Greenwich Champion

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Loretta Awuah is our Start-ups in London Libraries SME Champion for Greenwich. She is based in the borough providing support to aspiring entrepreneurs as part of the Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) programme. Monday I start the week off by...

The 12 Days of the BIPC

Friday, December 6, 2019

It’s fair to say that 2019 has been a jam-packed one for the BIPC. We wanted to have a look back at some of the highlights this year has provided for us and so without further ado, we present to...

Meet Warda Farah - owner of Language Waves and Start-ups in London Libraries participant

Monday, November 25, 2019

Warda Farah is a speech and language therapist. Her company, Language Waves, has a particular interest in providing a fully-accessible and culturally diverse speech therapy service. She has recently taken part in the Start-ups in London Libraries programme in Greenwich....

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