We support entrepreneurs and innovators from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and growing a business.
We provide a comprehensive collection of databases and publications plus a programme of practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and inspiring talks. Our users rate our intellectual property (IP) information as the most valuable part of our service and 99% of them would recommend the Centre to others.
There are 18 National Network Business & IP Centres around the country, in addition to our Centre within the British Library - visit us and we'll help make your business a success.
Free resources in the Centre
- Over £5m worth of online market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Euromonitor and more
- Company data for over 144 million UK and global companies
- Start-up books and business directories
- 700,000 historical annual reports
- Over 60 million patents
Register for a Reader Pass to access these resources.
Our Innovating for Growth programme is a tailored three-month business support initiative for scale-ups run by the British Library Business & IP Centre and supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Click here to view the full report (PDF download).
Libraries as engines of economic growth and how Business & IP Centres have created over 12,000 new businesses between January 2016 - December 2018. Click here for the full report, compiled by ERS (PDF).
Our Innovating for Growth programme is a tailored three-month business support initiative for scale-ups run by the British Library Business & IP Centre and supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
Our two year initiative to run business support services in libraries across the UK has attracted more than double the national average of women to start up their own businesses, and triple the number of entrepreneurs from black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds.
How we’ve helped 40,000 people over the past 8 years start and grow their businesses.
Businesses who’ve used the Centre average a turnover increase of £8.80 per £1 of public money invested.
Our expert partners run a wide range of practical workshops and networking events. From ‘how to find investors’ to ‘online marketing masterclasses’ they can help you with any aspect of your business journey.
Our Ambassadors come from a diverse range of business sectors and bring a variety of specialisms to their roles in helping to raise the profile of the Business & IP Centre services on a national and local basis.
Lord Bilimoria CBE, founder of Cobra Beer
Tim Campbell MBE, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust
Kanya King CBE, founder and CEO of MOBO Organisation
Paul Lindley OBE, founder of organic baby and toddler food brand, Ella's Kitchen
Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, founder and CEO of Stemettes
Entrepreneur in Residence Julie Deane OBE, founder and CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company
Alison Cork, founder Make It Your Business and Alison at Home
Centre opening hours
10.00 - 20.00 Monday
09.30 - 20.00 Tuesday – Thursday
09.30 - 17.00 Friday – Saturday
To see the latest British Library opening times, as well as seasonal, visit our Opening Hours page.