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British Library Business And IP Centre

March 2007 (British Library)
The Business and IP Centre, at the British Library in London, contains valuable business and intellectual property information for any innovator and/or entrepreneur. It's a free service and can save you time and money.

The British Library Business and IP Centre aims to support small to medium enterprises as well as entrepreneurs. They hold a variety of free and pay events each month, provide courses, as well as a comprehensive set of market research resources. Information is primarily accessible in person at the British Library, although some information is also available on their website.

The London Development Agency - the Mayor’s agency for business and jobs - is partnering the British Library to help establish the Business and IP Centre as an innovation hub for business development.

Below is a summary of the free business information resources available from the British Library Business and IP Centre. Note that access to this is only available within the British Library.

  • Advice and Funding Sources: Sources include the “Complete Business Reference Adviser” and “Directors Briefing and Start Up Briefing”.


  • Market Research: Market information available include Business Insights, eMarketer, Frost and Sullivan, Global Market Inforation Database, Key Note, Mintel, Snapshots UK Service, Verdict. There is information also available under Text Sources and some Company databases which can be obtained when requested at the Enquiry Desk.


  • Company Data: AMADEUS, Fame, Global Reference Solution , ISI Emerging Markets Information Service, Kompass Worldwide, Onesource are links shown which can provide company, industry and economic information


  • Business News and Journals: Subscriptions include ABI Inform Global, Business and Industry, Business Source Complete, Dialog Newsroom, European Business ASAP, Factiva, Investext Plus, Wall Street Journal Online, World Tourism Organization elibrary


  • Business and Economic Statistics: The British Library currently has subscriptions to CountryData from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Datamonitor MarketLine Business Information Centre, and the Economist Intelligence Unit




If you have additional questions about The British Library Business & IP Center you may wish to contact the department.

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