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    Following the latest government advice and to keep everyone safe, our public spaces will be closed from Thursday 5 November, including our Reading Rooms and the Business & IP Centre. For more information, click here. Until then, we’re always open online.

    We will continue to run webinars, including our Reset. Restart programme offering support to SMEs across the country through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Our reference team are also running online one-to-ones on intellectual property and business information.

    These are all available on our website alongside articles, blogs and Industry Guides. For more remote support, you can also browse what’s available in local Business & IP Centres across the UK or in 10 London boroughs. We’re here for businesses and look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen.

    We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. Our team are here to help you take the right steps to start up, protect and grow your business. 

    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 15 National Network Centres around the UK, in addition to our Centre at the British Library.

    Upcoming workshops & events

    Webinar FREE

    Innovating for Growth Webinar: Introduction to registered design searching

    The webinar will explain the basics behind registered design protection and registration, and how to use internet databases and resources to search for designs.

    Webinar FREE

    Reset. Restart: your connections

    Are you looking to talk to likeminded individuals to help you re-energise, and find clarity and inspiration?

    Webinar FREE

    Webinar: FREE Funding Clinic: a live, interactive Q&A on raising investment

    Your questions on raising equity funding

    Reset. Restart


    We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why we’ve developed a dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are.

    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.

    Our Corporate Partners

    Our corporate partners help us to support business owners like you from start up to scale up


    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

    Support small businesses this Christmas

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    As 2020 draws to a close, we are taking the opportunity to celebrate and support small businesses. And what better opportunity than gift-giving during the festive period? We've rounded up just a selection of businesses who have taken part in...

    A week in the life of… Stéphanie Tumba founder of Sté Tumba Capital and Managing Director of Human Connections London

    Tuesday, December 1, 2020

    Stephanie is the managing director of Human Connections London, an introduction and matchmaking agency based in London and founder of Sté Tumba Capital, a business angel vehicle investing in creative ideas, bonds and stocks, commodities, and most importantly start-ups with...

    Meet our delivery partner: Paul Grant, The Funding Game

    Monday, November 16, 2020

    Paul Grant has been running workshops, webinars and masterclasses for more than a decade at the British Library's Business & IP Centre, principally focusing on funding and growing a business. About Paul’s funding events One of the biggest hurdles of...

    A week in the life of… Catherine Farrant, founder of Ossa Organic

    Monday, November 2, 2020

    Catherine, founder and CEO of Ossa Organic took part in our Innovating for Growth: Scale-ups programme earlier this year, so we wanted to find out more about how she leads her company and what it involves... Ossa Organic is a...

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