National Network

The British Library Business & IP Centre National Network provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. There is a programme of free and low-cost events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property. Our friendly staff and business experts are here to help you start and grow your business. Visit us soon and make your business a success. 

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  • Ask an Expert
  • Business & IP information clinics
  • Research service
  • Innovating for Growth
  • Inspiring Entrepreneurs

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The British Library
96 Euston Road

+44 (0)20 7412 7901

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  • Enterprise Club
  • Legal Advice Clinic
  • IP consultations

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Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Broad Street

+44 (0)121 242 4242

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  • Workshops on IP and how to carry out business research in both Exeter and Barnstaple libraries
  • FabLab Devon on both sites (Exeter and Barnstaple) offering access to 3D printers, CNC router, laser cutter, 3D scanner and software

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Exeter Library
Castle Street

+44 (0) 1392 384218

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  • Help for small, growing or new businesses
  • UK and global company information, market research reports and business journals
  • Intellectual property workshops and clinics

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Mitchell Library
North Street

+44 (0) 141 287 2904

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  • One to one business information and support
  • Workshops to help you decide if self-employment is for you
  • Intellectual property advice and support

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Central Library
Albion Street

+44 (0)1482 223344

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  • IP one-to-ones with CIPA registered patent and trade mark attorneys
  • Enterprise Club
  • Inventors group

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Leeds Central Library
Municipal Buildings
Calverly Street

+44 (0)113 3786010

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  • Patents Clinic
  • Specialist partner workshops
  • Entrepreneur in residence drop-in clinics

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Liverpool Central Library
William Brown St

+44 (0)151 233 5835

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  • Patent Clinic
  • Business Innovation Advisor
  • Ask About Business service in partnership with 11 local authorities

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Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
City Centre

+44 (0)161 234 1966

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  • Intellectual Property Surgery
  • Innovator in Residence
  • Chartered Accountant in Residence

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Newcastle City Library
Charles Avison Building
33 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne

+44 (0)191 277 4100

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  • Intellectual Property enquiries, service and consultation
  • 'In the spotlight' inspiring talks with local business owners
  • One to one business advice and support with specialist partners


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Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain

+44 (0)1603 774740

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  • Self-employment advice workshops
  • Intellectual property one-to-one advice sessions

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Northamptonshire Central Library
Abington Street

+44 (0) 1604 361447

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  • Workshops, one to ones and events for start-ups, SMEs and inventors
  • A dedicated space for people to come together and network
  • Business information resources including market research intelligence, UK and global company data

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Coming soon to Nottingham Central Library
Angel Row

+44 (0) 115 915 2841

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  • Patent Clinics
  • Intellectual Property workshops
  • Innovator in Residence

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Sheffield Central Library
Surrey Street

+44 (0)114 273 4736

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Business resources

Free industry and IP guides
Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

Innovating for Growth Scale-ups
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Ask an expert
For established businesses, get extra help from our IT, marketing and invention experts.

Our research service
Pay our experts to do research for you.

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

Workshops and events
We offer a wide range of free or low cost business workshops and events at the British Library, St Pancras