We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are on hand all day, six days a week, to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business.
Develop your ideas with our market research and company databases, learn new skills at a workshop or mini-masterclass, have a confidential one-to-one and put your questions to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs at our inspiring talks.
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 13 National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.
Upcoming workshops & events
The webinar will explain the basics behind registered design protection and registration, and how to use internet databases and resources to search for designs.
Grow's online marketing masterclass covers the 9 fundamental areas of digital marketing that you have to know to be successful on the web.
Find out how the Start-ups in London Libraries programme can help you achieve business success.
Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps
Resources to help start, run and grow your business
Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.
Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.
Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.
Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.
Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property
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
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Imran Merza and Taz Basunia, Jealous Sweets
…One of the most invaluable things about coming to the Centre is networking with other budding entrepreneurs…
Jessica Rose, London Jewellery School
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