The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

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

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

How to build your brand on a budget

Learn how to brand your business without breaking the bank!

Workshop FREE

How to protect your IP abroad

Aimed at exporters this workshop gives an overview of intellectual property both at home and abroad

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

Workshop

How do I search Trade Marks?

An essential guide to understanding how trade marks can help your business succeed.

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

IP Corner: Celebrating 400 years of the first British patent

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On 11 March 2017 we reached the 400 anniversary of the granting of British Patent number 1. The anniversary was marked by a major government campaign titled “GREAT for imagination”. The campaign began in June 17 and highlighted some of...

Jack Dorsey talks Square, cryptocurrencies and the future of the economy

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Photo: Square. What do chinchillas, Kendrick Lamar, machine learning and cryptocurrencies have in common? We found out that and more when Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of payments firm Square got together with the brilliant Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, founder...

Building a Soulful Business with Motherhood Reconstructed

Monday, March 12, 2018

With International Women's Day and Mother's Day all falling within the last week, we've been thinking about women in business a lot. Over 55% of the Business & IP Centre's users are women, and we are incredibly proud to have...

Pall Mall Barbers: where a century-old tradition meets modernity

Monday, March 5, 2018

Pall Mall Barbers is one of the oldest and most respected barbershop businesses in Central London. The first barbershop location opened in 1896 at No 27 on Whitcomb Street, the upstairs of which was also home to the famous British...

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