The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

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

Workshop FREE

How can I protect a business idea?

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.

Webinar FREE

Webinar: Introduction to Lean Start-Up

This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices.

Workshop FREE

Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success.

Workshop FREE

GDPR for entrepreneurs and start-ups

Get to grips with the new data protection law will change how you can contact customers with e-marketing

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

Meet the entrepreneurs who made their mark online

Friday, February 16, 2018

As part of the The British Library’s Business & IP Centre’s flagship Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Internet Icons event, a panel of entrepreneurs who made a success of online business gathered to share their knowledge. Starting a business can be daunting enough....

Valentine's Day in numbers: a heart-stopping spending splurge in 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day is upon us and our partners at Mintel have put together this handy report to reveal which retail event is closest to the hearts of UK shoppers. Love is clearly all around us with Brits proving their romantic...

5 questions with... Karen Hanton, a dotcom veteran and serial entrepreneur

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

From toptable.com, Europe's largest online restaurant booking website sold to Opentable.com in 2010 to one of the numerous start-ups she is currently involved in, Karen Hanton is an entrepreneur with experience spanning over two decades. We caught up with her...

How to unlock the power of the internet and social media for your business

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Digital is currently bigger than ever with both entrepreneurs and investors keener than ever to try and spot the next big thing and our panel of tech trailblazers at this week's Internet Icons event was a great opportunity to get...

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