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

Upcoming workshops & events

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.

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

Innovating for Growth webinar: Why you need a Trade Mark and how to search for one

This webinar explains the basics behind trade mark protection and how to use free web databases.

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

Inventor of the Month: Lucean Arthur Headen, 1879-1957

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Introducing our latest blog feature: Inventor of the Month! In our first edition, our IP expert, Jeremy O'Hare explores the fascinating life of Lucean Arthur Headen. 'For someone to be both an inventor and an entrepreneur is a unique thing....

IP and SMEs: taking your ideas to market

Monday, April 26, 2021

Guy Robinson, Divisional Director for Innovation at The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) reflects on the support available to SMEs to help them – and ultimately the UK - build back better after the Covid-19 pandemic. Today marks the celebration of...

How has IP played its part in finding a Covid-19 vaccine?

Sunday, April 25, 2021

It has been just over a year since the WHO declared a global pandemic. Today, we have the widespread rollout of a number of vaccines to combat Covid-19. It’s worth pausing to reflect on the enormity of this. It’s unprecedented....

A week in the life of Edward Draper, founder of Ortheia

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Edward Draper is an alumna of the Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme and a founder of Ortheia Ltd, a start-up company in the early stages of development of new medical technologies. He leads on commercialising novel products in collaboration with...

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