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Starting a business is exciting, but the process can also be difficult and lonely. We have tons of resources to help get your business off the ground and friendly staff to help you along the way.

Our databases, publications and industry guides provide you with essential information,  from competitor analysis to intellectual property basics. These resources are worth more than £5million and are freely available so you can use your hard-earned money on other aspects of your business. We also offer free and low cost advice through workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions.  Live far from London? Visit one of our National Network sites.

Articles

What Is The Definition Of An Entrepreneur?

The Business & IP Centre outlines the key skills & characteristics common within successful entrepreneurs; do you think you have what it takes?

How To Become A Successful Entrepreneur

The Business & IP Centre outlines the necessary qualities and skills required to become a successful entrepreneur – in charge of a thriving business.

Social media for business start-ups

Learn how to use the various social media channels available online to promote your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

How to run a Facebook business page

Learn how to use Facebook as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

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Guide to using Twitter for business start-ups

Learn how to use Twitter as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

Guide to using Pinterest for business marketing

Learn how to use Pinterest as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

Guide to YouTube for business start-ups

Learn how to use YouTube as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

How to use Instagram for business marketing

Learn how to use Instagram as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

How to run a LinkedIn business page

Learn how to use LinkedIn as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

How to use Google+ for business marketing

Learn how to use Google+ as a social media marketing tool for your business using the Business & IP Centre’s latest social media guide

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

We’ve been helping people like you turn great ideas into businesses for 10 years now. Find out how we can help you too.

Julie Deane: Living proof that you can start a business from your kitchen table

The Business & IP Centre’s new 'Entrepreneur in Residence', Julie Deane is an inspiration to entrepreneurs starting up a business from home. Find out why.

How to start a business from scratch

Like the idea of being your own boss? It’s possible to set up your own business from scratch, but make sure you’ve thought about the following aspects…

What is quantitative research?

Discover the purpose of quantitative research for your business & the common methods you could use for your own large-scale research of your marketplace

What is qualitative research?

Qualitative research helps businesses better understand their customers. Read on to learn about the benefits and challenges of qualitative business research methods

What are the benefits of market segmentation?

Discover the four common forms of market segmentation & how segmenting your customers can build a better picture of your clients’ demands throughout their life-cycle.

How to develop a market positioning strategy

Click here to learn about the concept of market positioning & how to differentiate your brand from its competitors in order to influence consumer perception.

Does your business need a market exit strategy in place?

Discover the importance of a market exit strategy during the infancy of your business to provide focus on achieving your business goals

How to identify market trends for long-term business planning

Read our five key tips for identifying trends within your fast-moving marketplace in order to stay ahead of the curve & continue to innovate for your customers

Defining a new product development process

Learn how to measure the viability of new business ideas using a new product development process to get ideas to market

What is Market Research?

Learn how to create a profitable marketing strategy for untapped markets or diversifying into new products through primary & secondary market research

Effective sampling techniques for market research

If you’re researching your market but you don’t know how to obtain a representative sample of people to question, read our 6 effective sampling techniques

How to define a minimum viable product

Discover how a minimum viable product can help you develop products cost-effectively that meet the exacting needs of your target customers.

The Lean Startup business model explained

Find out more about the concept of the Lean Startup business model: a fast-growing principled approach to new product development for entrepreneurs.

6 useful market intelligence studies for decision makers

Learn how to make better business decisions using these six popular market intelligence studies to give you valid, relevant industry data on your competitors.

Primary market research Vs Secondary market research

If you need to better understand your industry and your customers to grow your business, consider the following primary and secondary market research methods.

Why is market research important for new business ideas?

Developed a great business idea? It’s vital that you test it against what’s already available on the market. Market research can size up your business opportunities.

Social media monitoring tips for business start-ups

Setting up a new business? Discover the value of social media monitoring for assessing competitors and understanding the needs of prospective customers.

Four basic research methods for business start-ups

Discover four basic business research methods you can use to ascertain whether your new business idea has the potential to succeed in competitive markets.

Know your elevator pitch

Our four tips for the perfect elevator pitch will help you to hone down your business description into something short, snappy and effective.

Do's and don'ts of business networking

The way you approach business networking can easily determine how successful you are in creating new contacts and clients. Find out what things to focus on, and what you need to avoid.

Five tips for presenting your business ideas

Find out how to make an impact and significantly increase your chances of securing the interest of third parties.

What is a business plan?

Here is a brief guide to what a good business plan might entail for prospective entrepreneurs.

How to avoid business planning mistakes

Learn how to avoid simple errors to give yourself the best chances for success.

Business Plan FAQ

All your business plan questions answered

Why small businesses should do market research

Market research is essential for businesses of all sizes and benefits everyone from small start-ups through to multinationals, paving the way for data-led success.

Qualitative and quantitative research for small business

For start-ups keen to understand their market better, qualitative & quantitative research can be the difference between success & failure. Here are their benefits:

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One to one advice

Business advice clinics

Looking for impartial business advice? Then attend the highly rated LBSS business advice clinic.

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How can I protect a business idea?

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.

Workshop FREE

Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success.

Workshop

How do I search patents

An essential guide to understanding how patents can help your business succeed

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