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: Research for new business

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


How does copyright affect my business?

An essential guide to understanding how copyright can help your business succeed

Workshop FREE

What next for my business idea?


Find out how the Start-ups in London Libraries programme can help you achieve business success.

Workshop FREE

Get ready for business


Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps

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


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

Meet our delivery partners: Anis Qizilbash

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Anis Qizilbash runs workshops on sales and mindfulness at the BIPC, to help entrepreneurs manage their mindset, a critical ingredient for successful selling and business growth. What’s covered in the How to Sell Without Being Salesy (even if you’re scared...

Start-up Day 2019 – How to use your networks to build your business

Friday, October 25, 2019

Do you use networks in your business life? Do you struggle to see how they can help you? Or do you dread the prospect of networking? Or you might be a seasoned pro at working the room at any event...

Start-up Day 2019 wrap up - How to start up on a shoestring

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Our ‘How to start up on a shoestring panellists taught us, more than anything, that starting up on a smaller budget doesn’t have to mean a cut in the quality of your business. Alice Mayor from We Built This City,...

Start-up Day 2019 wrap up - How to build your business without burning yourself out

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Julie Deane OBE and Dane Krambergar from Mind discussed the all-too-unspoken problem of mental health, and the particular strain when starting up a business from scratch. It is astonishing but true that depression is the leading cause of health problems...

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