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.

Please note: Due to essential maintenance, the Business & IP Centre will be closed on the weekends of 20/21 October and 17/18 November. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

How to build your brand on a budget

Learn how to brand your business without breaking the bank!

Workshop

Selling fashion online

Join us at this practical and inspiration seminar designed to help fashion industry entrepreneurs understand the different options available if you are planning to build an on-line business.

Workshop

Networking for success

Join leading life/business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru for this unique event to help you build your business, win new opportunities and contacts.

Workshop

How to write a successful business plan

Taking you through the process of writing a business plan.

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

Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Black Britain and the Creative Industries book recommendations

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

As part of our Inspiring Entrepreneurs series, we hosted a panel of leading lights in the creative industries with stories of what can be achieved with the right attitude and determination to celebrate the success and cultural impact of Black...

Libraries Week: Celebrating our National Network

Sunday, September 30, 2018

We are proud to have 13 libraries around the country as part of our National Network, including three pilot Centres (Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Glasgow and Nottingham), which joined this year. While libraries are more often associated with books than business,...

Top tips from Start-up Day 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Activities in 17 libraries around the UK. 101 business events delivered. More than 1,000 attendees across all locations. Webcast around the world. Start-up Day, in collaboration with Santander, once again proved to be a huge success. With a full day’s...

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...

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