Business and IP Centre – The British Library

To keep our users and staff safe we’ve decided to close our public spaces for the time being and suspend events. This includes the BIPC in London and our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops in borough libraries. We know that small business owners and entrepreneurs are facing an incredibly worrying and uncertain period and, at the BIPC, we want to use our online resources to offer as much support and information as we can in these difficult times.

If you were planning to attend an upcoming workshop we’ll be in touch to let you know if and when this event will be rescheduled or to arrange a refund. Please bear with us while we make these arrangements.

In the meantime some of our workshops will be running as webinars and you can watch previous events on our YouTube channel. There are also articles, blogs and Industry Guides on our website. We’re here for businesses during these closures and can’t wait to welcome 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 13 National Network Centres around the UK.

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