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
Learn how to brand your business without breaking the bank!
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.
Join leading life/business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru for this unique event to help you build your business, win new opportunities and contacts.
Taking you through the process of writing a business plan.
Resources to help start, run and grow your business
Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.
Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.
Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.
Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.
Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property
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
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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...
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,...
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...
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...