The British Library Business & IP Centre

The Business & IP Centre National Network is a collaboration between the British Library, the Intellectual Property Office and six city libraries in England with existing business and intellectual property collections and expertise. The Centres are places where people can come together to learn, network and access free and low-cost advice and support in starting, developing and running a business or protecting a business idea.

The vision is to create an established network of Business & IP Centres across the UK by 2020.  Enterprising Libraries draws on each library's role as a community hub to spark local economic growth, creating opportunities for entrepreneurial activity for people of all backgrounds.

Business & IP Centres provide support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. At the Centres you can access a comprehensive collection of databases and publications for free, as well as attend practical workshops, one-to-one advice sessions and inspiring talks.  Services include:

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.  Read this useful Guide to Brand Licensing.

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 guides - Up-to-date quality information for researching key industries.

Ask an expert - For established businesses, get extra help from the IT, marketing and invention experts.

Free resources in the Centres:

  • Over £5m worth of online market reports from top publishers Mintel, Frost & Sullivan, Euromonitor and more
  • Company data for over 144 million UK and global companies
  • Start-up books and business directories
  • 700,000 historical annual reports
  • Over 60 million patents

Register for a Reader Pass to access these resources.