About the Business & IP Centre

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 15 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.


Democratising Entrepreneurship

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.


Evaluation of the Innovating for Growth Programme

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.  

Enterprising Libraries: A blueprint for delivering economic growth in UK cities 
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. 

2014 Support our joint future survey 
How we’ve helped 40,000 people over the past 8 years start and grow their businesses.

Seven-Up Census results
Businesses who’ve used the Centre average a turnover increase of £8.80 per £1 of public money invested.

Our Partners 

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 

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