Following the latest government advice, our Reading Rooms, including the Business & IP Centre, reopened on Tuesday 20 April. You still need to book a Reading Room space to join us at the Library and make use of our databases and collection onsite. For more information and to book a Reading Room ticket, click here. Until then, we’re always open online.

We will continue to run webinars, offering support to SMEs across the country through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Our reference team are also running online one-to-ones on intellectual property and business information.

These are all available on our website alongside articlesblogs and Industry Guides. For more remote support, you can also browse what’s available in local Business & IP Centres across the UK or in 10 London boroughs. We’re here for businesses and look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen.

 
We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are here to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business. 

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 19 National Network Centres around the UK, in addition to our Centre at the British Library.

Upcoming workshops & events

Webinar FREE

What next for my business idea? (Online) - Start-ups in London Libraries

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

Workshop FREE

Marketing masterclass - Start-ups in London Libraries

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Join our Marketing Masterclass to discover how to determine and reach customers for your new business venture.

Workshop FREE

Get ready for business - Start-ups in London Libraries

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

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Inventors’ Club

We are re-starting the Inventors’ Club via Zoom. Designed to help you refine, protect and commercialise that new product idea you’ve been tinkering with.

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

Waltham Forest Winners

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

This week we are celebrating the launch of the new Business & IP Centre local in Waltham Forest. Over the last two years, the Libraries in Waltham Forest have played a major role in our Start-ups in London Libraries programme....

Introducing Authentic Worth, founded by Esther Jacob

Monday, July 19, 2021

Authentic Worth is a book publishing company that is dedicated to help aspiring authors to write and publish a book.⁣ It was founded by Esther Jacob in 2018, we spoke to Esther about her business journey and experience on the...

Meet Judy Chicangana-Matthews, founder of Delmora

Monday, July 12, 2021

We are shining a light on one of our fantastic, fashionable Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) businesses, Delmora, founded by Judy Chicangana-Matthews. Demora offer a variety of beautiful jewellery items and accessories for women. We spoke to Judy to find...

Introducing Katherine Tinoco, founder of ArtPerÚK

Monday, June 28, 2021

This week we're shining a light on Katherine Tinoco, founder of ArtPerÚK a business created to share Peruvian culture with the wider community in London and the UK through the art and enjoyment of dance. ArtPerÚK burst onto the UK...

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