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

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introduction to social media for small business

Covering blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more, this webinar will teach you the basics about the different types of social media and how to use them effectively for your business.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Research for new business

How to find the information you need to start and grow your business.

Workshop

How to attract the right investors

You have decided to start or grow your business - and now you need investment. But where do you start?

Workshop

Getting started with blogging

Does blogging still work? Can you monetise it? How do you pick a suitable topic? How often should you post? All these questions and much more will be covered in this workshop for those considering whether they should invest time in a blog.

All business events

Blog posts

Follow JRPass' Director through the Innovating for Growth programme: Marketing

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Each quarter, we pick 18 high-growth businesses to take part in our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme, where businesses receive £10,000 worth of tailored and bespoke business support and advice. Not only do businesses gain three months of guidance, they...

Inside an ethical fashion business

Monday, September 16, 2019

Our Project Manager for the Business & IP Centre's scale-up programme, Innovating for Growth, Vanesa, not only manages the programme by day, but also runs her own sustainable fashion business by night, weekend and everything in between. Here she discusses...

Follow JRPass' Director through the Innovating for Growth programme: Branding

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Each quarter, we pick 18 high-growth businesses to take part in our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme, where businesses receive £10,000 worth of tailored and bespoke business support and advice. Not only do businesses gain three months of guidance, they...

Meet our delivery partners: Alasdair Inglis, Grow

Monday, September 9, 2019

Alasdair Inglis has been running marketing masterclasses at The British Library Business & IP Centre for a decade and is our Marketer In Residence. He runs two marketing masterclasses at the British Library Business & IP Centre. About the Digital...

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