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

Upcoming workshops & events

Webinar FREE

Reset. Restart: your connections

Are you looking to talk to likeminded individuals to help you re-energise, and find clarity and inspiration?

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Networking for success - Express

Join leading life and business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru for this special FREE online event to help you build your networking strategy and activities in person – and online during the times we’re in.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Soul Trader – Build your business by heart

Join leading life and business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru for this inspiring and empowering FREE webinar for sole traders, freelancer and small business owner passionate about building an authentic business

Webinar

Webinar: Design and protect your product to maximise sales - day 2

For over 7 years, this workshop has helped dozens of entrepreneurs and SMEs take their product ideas to market.

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

Introducing Pranav Chopra, founder of NEMI Teas

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

We spoke to Pranav Chopra, founder of NEMI Teas, a London-based tea company and a social enterprise that offers a variety of whole leaf Organic and Fairtrade tea blends both as loose tea and in plastic-free biodegradable tea bags whilst...

Nurture your ambitions with the Business & IP Centre National Network

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Last year, the Business & IP Centre’s (BIPC) National Network was awarded a £13million investment, announced by the Chancellor, to enable the Network to expand. Fast forward, and just over a year later and we’re bringing business inspiration and support...

Beautiful Ethical's top tips for making your business sustainable

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Sustainability is at the core of Tracey’s handmade beauty business. Beautiful Ethical is a company that offers natural and luxurious wellbeing gift boxes as a way for people to treat themselves or someone they love to positive self-care. After losing...

Start-up Stars: Eco-conscious entrepreneurs

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Last week at our Start-up Stars: Eco-conscious entrepreneurs event, we were lucky enough to speak to some great green businesses; Asquith London, FRUU Cosmetics and Two Lives. They gave invaluable insight into what it takes to turn an idea into...

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