The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901
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
This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.
One-to-one advice meetings to help you take the next big step and secure your place on the high street.
Grow's online marketing masterclass covers the 9 fundamental areas of digital marketing that you have to know to be successful on the web.
Get to grips with the new data protection law will change how you can contact customers with e-marketing
Resources to help start, run and grow your business
Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.
Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.
Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.
Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.
Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property
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
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