The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7901

Opening times

For enquiries about our business resources and collection email our Reference team.

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 ten National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Upcoming workshops & events

Workshop

Improve your ranking on Google Search with SEO

This hands-on workshop will teach you practical skills on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and how it can improve the online visibility of your business.

One to one advice

Inventions advice clinics

This session will help clarify your vision and goals, turn them into inspirational tools and improve the chances of making your idea a success.

Workshop

Writing a successful business plan

Taking you through the process of writing a business plan.

Workshop

Social media for business: Beyond the basics

Learn and implement practical social media skills, tailored to your business.

All business events

Resources to help start, run and grow your business

Starting your business

Practical advice to help get your business off the ground, from business plans to market research.

Protecting your ideas

Make sure you understand the basics of intellectual property and how to protect your product, website and brand.

Growing your business

Want to go international or expand your product range? Get top tips for taking your business to the next level.

Databases and publications

Over £5m worth of current market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Passport and more.

Free industry and IP guides

Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and for researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

Our research service

Pay our experts to do research for you.

Ask an expert

For established businesses, get extra help from our IT, marketing and invention experts.

Articles

Read our articles for top tips and advice on starting and growing your business and protecting your intellectual property

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

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The EU exchange programme for new and budding entrepreneurs

Blog posts

Tech to boost your growing business

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The ability to find solutions to age-old problems using technology has meant that businesses can realise their potential and reach a wide audience at an affordable cost.

Dry Patch - A BIPC success story with a great sense of humour

Friday, March 17, 2017

So many people think running a business has to be a serious matter. So it is refreshing when an entrepreneur proves the opposite.

Specialist advice for your growing business

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In the last four years, the Business & IP Centre has helped over 300 businesses, with 70% of them seeing an increase in turnover within a year.

Getting your business ready to compete in a digital age

Friday, March 3, 2017

Small businesses truly drive the UK economy and almost half of them don't have websites or the necessary skills to succeed in the digital age.

More blog posts