Following the latest government advice and to keep everyone safe, our public spaces are now closed, including our Reading Rooms and the Business & IP Centre. For more information, click here. Until we can welcome you back to the BIPC, we’re always open online.

We will continue to run webinars, including our Reset. Restart programme 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 15 National Network Centres around the UK, in addition to our Centre at the British Library.

Upcoming workshops & events

Webinar FREE

Profit with Purpose: get well soon

Profit with Purpose - our popular series of events focusing on socially impactful business

Webinar

Webinar: Marketing your books

Have you written a book (or are planning on writing one) but aren’t sure how to market it? This is the session for you

Reset. Restart

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We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why we’ve developed a dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are.

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.

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

Start-up Stars: Taste of Success

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Last week at our Start-up Stars: Taste of Success event we heard from Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups businesses, Chilli Tuk Tuk, The Good Slice, Ming Foods and Enrica Rocca on how they entered into the busy and thriving world of...

Meet the Reset. Restart experts

Monday, February 22, 2021

Our Reset. Restart programme couldn’t run without the knowledge and expertise of our delivery partners. Here we introduce all the people you’ll find talking you through each topic and providing the answers to your questions. Anis Qizilbash Reset. Restart: your...

Meet Yasmine Thomson, founder of YCM Events

Friday, February 19, 2021

YCM Events is a forward-thinking event styling business, specialising in balloon and floral displays. Providing creative theming and venue décor for social and corporate events. The innovative styling aims to meet every brief and budget, whilst reflecting the clients’ personalities...

Finding a gap in the market. Nicola Lespeare Greeting Cards

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Business experts will tell you that to be successful in a crowded market you need to have a great idea, an idea that stands out from the competition. Many great ideas are born out of a personal aspiration to solve...

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