We’ve been helping entrepreneurs like you for a decade – here’s how we do it

So you’ve had an idea for a product or service but don’t know where to begin? That’s where we come in. At the Business & IP Centre we’ve been helping people like you turn great ideas into successful businesses for the last decade.

Once you’ve had your big idea you’ve already taken the first step. Now you need to harness and develop your niche in the market. But if you’re struggling to get your hands on up-to-date facts and figures about your industry, you’ll never truly know if you’re making the most of the opportunities available to you.

We can help you develop your business ideas with millions of pounds’ worth of market research, industry reports and company databases – without you having to open your wallet.

Research your business idea

Whether you’re wanting to understand business and market developments in a specific country, search for existing international patents, access a company database of potential clients or analyse the UK and European retail sector, we have a raft of online databases that are free for you to access.

From market research to leading publishers, such as Mintel and Frost & Sullivan, you’re able to your hands on a combination of journals, databases, statistics and market research to support your business planning.

In total, we have over £5m worth of online market reports, business news and company data from 144 million UK and global companies.

And our team of information specialists have developed a range of topical industry guides for you to download for free online

All you need to do in order to access this wealth of data is to register for a British Library Reader Pass.

How do I register for a Reader Pass?

It’s very simple to get a free British Library Reader Pass in order to read a specific industry report or online database for your business research, providing you’re eighteen or over (though some exceptions can be made).

You can either pre-register your interest online or come and register in person. If you’d like to register in person you can visit our Reader Registration on the Upper Ground Floor at St Pancras, London (open Monday to Saturday).

You’ll need to show us your proof of identity and home address, so make sure you don’t forget this when you visit.

We’re here to help

If you’ve got a clear picture of what your business or product will look like and you need to find information, data and support services to develop your idea, we can sit down with you and show you where to start.

You can book an hour-long Intellectual Property or Business Advice Clinic with one of our information professionals to help you identify the information and organisations which will help you take your business forward.

We also run regular workshops and events for help on specific areas of intellectual property – from trade marks to registered designs – as well as other business areas such as marketing, business planning and networking.

Our low-cost workshops will equip you with a wealth of industry knowledge that could save you thousands in the long run.

With your ideas and our support, we can work together to help you take the right steps to developing a successful business and a great future.

For a decade we have been helping entrepreneurs based in and around London start, run and grow their businesses. Isn’t it time you paid us a visit


See also

Plan to start your business

Plan to grow your business

Protecting your ideas