British Library Business & IP Centre

IP Compass Partner:
The British Library Business & IP Centre


The British Library’s Business & IP Centre is a front-door to business support and can help you start, run and grow your business.

The British Library Business & IP Centre supports entrepreneurs - from all walks of life - to start, protect and grow successful businesses by giving them access to our knowledge, collections and networks in a trusted and inspiring space. 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.

At the Centre you can 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. What’s more we have eight National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.


GEW Events

Introduction to intellectual property

Mon 14 Nov 2016, 10.00 - 13.00 

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


Webinar: Introduction to registered designs

Mon 14 Nov 2016, 11.00 – 12.00

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


What next for my business idea? 

Mon 14 Nov 2016, 11.00 - 12.00 

Showing you how to get the information you need to turn your idea into a successful business 


Question Time for Entrepreneurs

Mon 14 Nov 2016, 19:00 - 21:30

Put your questions to the trailblazers and Founders of DunnHumby, Montezuma and Wayra


Google webinar: tell your story online

Tue 15 Nov 2016, 11.00 – 12.00

Learn from Google how to use the power of the internet to reach more customers


Google webinar: tell your story online

Tue 15 Nov 2016, 14.00 - 15.00

Learn from Google how to use the power of the internet to reach more customers


Speed Mentoring: Protect your business

Tue 15 Nov 2016, 13.00 - 16.00

Speak to a range of business experts on ways to protect your business idea, product or service


Mini-Masterclass: The British Library for business

Wed 16 Nov 2016, 10.00 - 13.00

Find out how to use our collection to help your business succeed


Webinar: introduction to patents

Wed 16 Nov 2016, 11.00 - 12.00

This webinar will explain the basics behind patent protection and registration, and how to use internet databases and resources to search for patents


Inspiring Entrepreneurs: The White Company and Charles Tyrwhitt

Wed 16 Nov 2016, 19:00 - 21:30

Get the inside scoop on how to grow your business from the ‘Mr and Mrs’ behind two of the UK’s most successful brands


Soul Trader: your life, your business 

Thu 17 Nov 2016, 10.00 - 13.00 

Build a fulfilling, purposeful and rewarding business that you and your customers will love 


Books means business

Thu 17 Nov 2016, 14.00 - 17.00

Writing a book can help your business grow – find out how to get started


Business & IP Centre 'Writer in Residence' project showcase and exhibition

Thu 17 Nov 2016, 18.00 - 20.00

Exploring the links between storytelling and entrepreneurship


Webinar: Introduction to social media 

Thu 17 Nov 2016, 14.00 – 15.00 

Everyone seems to talking about social media these days, but how can Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and blogging actually help your business? 


Business numbers - what investors need you to know

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 10.00 - 13.00

Get to grips with the numbers you need to make a successful pitch to investors


Webinar: Introducing trade marks 

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 11.00 - 12.00 

This webinar will explain the basics behind trademark protection and registration, and how to use internet databases and resources to search for trademarks 


How the internet can help your business succeed

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 13.00 - 14.00

Learn from Google how to use the power of the internet to reach more customers


How the internet can help your business succeed

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 15.00 - 16.00

Learn from Google how to use the power of the internet to reach more customers


The Idler Academy: Killer business ideas

Fri 18 Nov 2016, 19:00 - 21:00

Hear the story of the Cereal Killer Café and the business idea we all wish we’d had