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

What next for my Business idea?

How do you work out if your business idea is a good one? This workshop will help you work out how to test your assumptions.

Workshop

How do I research my market?

A guide to using British Library market research sources to find information on your business sector. And best practice for your field research.

Workshop

How to write a successful business plan

Taking you through the process of writing a business plan.

Workshop

Pitching with confidence

Pitching allows you to stand out from the crowd and get the right people excited about your 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

Brexit resources available

Thursday, February 14, 2019

It's an uncertain time for many businesses around the UK regardless of whether Brexit goes ahead with or without a deal on Friday 29 March 2019. We've compiled a list of resources currently available to help you find the information...

A week in the life of... Rachel Walker, co-founder of The Fold Line

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Rachel is a co-founder of The Fold Line, an award-winning online sewing community and sewing pattern shop. Championing independent pattern designers, they are the one stop shop for all your dressmaking pattern needs. Founded in 2015 they are the home...

Why have a mentor? Discover more about our Innovating for Growth: Mentoring programme

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg had Steve Jobs, Jamie Oliver has Gennaro Contaldo and Lady Gaga has Elton John. We’re talking about mentor and mentees. Are you looking for your own Elton? Do you want guidance like Mark? The Business & IP Centre...

A week in the life of... Merilee Karr, founder and CEO of UnderTheDoormat

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

American by origin, Merilee Karr is an adopted Brit, having lived in London for the last 18 years, always in the southwest near Putney. She founded London’s premier short-term lettings company back in 2014 and is an alumni of our...

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