British Library network helps over 50 Brits become entrepreneurs every day
● Over half (59%) were women
● 35 per cent were from black and Asian minority ethnic backgrounds
● 36 per cent were planning to start a business and 21 per cent were in the process of setting up a business
● Almost 20 per cent (19%) were working on a side-hustle whilst being employed
● 12 per cent were unemployed or a student
● 32 per cent were 16-34 year olds
Santander Business Managing Director Sue Douthwaite said “Our collaboration with the British Library’s Business & IP Centre Start-up Day helps further our work with SMEs and start-ups. This initiative places us at the heart of the community, offering truly accessible banking expertise to SMEs and start-ups. It builds on the substantial work we have done with small businesses, and positions us at the forefront of efforts to help people and businesses in the UK prosper.”
Paul Lindley, founder Ella’s Kitchen baby food
“I used the British Library to research trade mark registrations and the world of intellectual property – a critically vital area for any business but especially for consumer brands and businesses with their own designs and innovations”.
Tim Campbell MBE, founder Bright Ideas Trust
“There's no better place to start a business in London than the British Library's Business & IP Centre. The Centre gives small businesses and start-ups access to the types of valuable market research and information that's usually only accessible to large corporate companies - something I certainly took advantage of when I started my first business over ten years ago, and still do now”
Shaun Pulfrey, Chairman, inventor and founder of Tangle Teezer
“The Business & IP Centre helped us to sense check our strategy across marketing, operations and product development with experts from different industry backgrounds. This help was priceless”.
Liz Earle MBE, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine
“When starting my career in wellbeing, if I needed to carry out research I would always go to the British Library”.
Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, inventor and founder of Sugru mouldable glue, named one of the ‘5 female inventors that changed our lives’
“When starting a new business getting the full picture of any market place is essential and the Business & IP Centre was a fantastic source of information. Being able to run IP searches was also critical ahead of launching such a unique product like Sugru”.
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The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.
The British Library is the national library of the UK and one of the world’s greatest libraries. The Business & IP Centre, based at St Pancras in London, opened in March 2006 with the help of London Development Agency funding. Since then, it has welcomed over 350,000 people through the doors and has an excellent track record in supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs from all walks of life to start and grow businesses. The Centre provides free access to an unparalleled resource of business and intellectual property information (over £5 million worth), supplemented by one-to-one advice clinics, practical workshops and networking events, featuring ‘role model’ entrepreneurs.