What we're about

We support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors like you. 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.

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. Or if you want specialised start-up support we have a programme for that too.

What’s more we have 13 National Network Centres around the UK - so visit us today and increase your chances of business success.

Visit bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre for further information.

Upcoming events (5)

FREE Webinar: Soul Trader – Build your business by heart

Join leading life and business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru for this inspiring and empowering FREE webinar for sole traders, freelancer and small business owner passionate about building an authentic business – mindful of times we’re in. This energising session takes a tour of the seven soul trader principles; clarity, customers, courage, co-operation, creativity, conversations, compassion… and the additional principle change. This session will help you (Re)connect to your unique self, skills, talent and mission Understand, appreciate and connect to your customers more deeply and authentically Develop the courage, creativity, cooperation and conversations to grow your business This session blends top tips and insights from Rasheed’s Soul Trader book and masterclass and gives you time to have your questions answered by a leading coach. To join this webinar: Save this link and click on this link at 10.00 on the event date: https://zoom.us/j/93404641457?pwd=azVaWHp0N0dpdXZnbHpDd3gzbHpWUT09 Password:[masked]

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Webinar: Networking for success - Express

Join leading life and business coach Rasheed Ogunlaru for this special FREE online event to help you build your networking strategy and activities in person – and online during the times we’re in. This session will help you: Understand the psychology of connecting and influencing Consider the key dos and don’ts of networking online and in person Explore what changes you might need to make to your networking strategy now Utilise your existing network Identify your authentic voice and style of networking that suits you / your business Ask any questions about networking effectively and authentically Save this link and click on this link at 14.00 on the day https://zoom.us/j/95654765343?pwd=aUZXRWhrTmNUaDdYYkxEa2xiZEhSZz09 Password:[masked]

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Webinar: Increasing profit through market insight

You must sign up in advance using this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/increasing-profit-through-market-insight-webinar-tickets-110016570524 This workshop (delivered online using Microsoft teams) will help you get a deeper understanding of what your clients really want and think about your products and services, and how to use these client insights to increase sales, win repeated business, grow profits and build a stronger brand reputation. Topics covered: The importance of talking to clients What SMEs need to know from their clients The benefits of client feedback How to get honest client insight and feedback Business challenges from a marketing perspective Effective marketing channels Building your reputation and brand image Expected Outcomes: A clearer definition of your ideal clients and how to find them Clarity on key client issues and how to use this insight to grow your business A simple, useable process to strengthen your brand reputation An action plan for more successful online networking This will be a fun and interactive session and delegates will take away specific actions to help grow their business faster! Webinar presenter: LBSS advisor Noshir Desai of ND Consulting - with over 35 years of business and finance experience, Noshir specialises in market research and customer insights and provides practical support to business owners.

BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Webinar: Introduction to Lean Start-Up

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Lean Start-Up helps entrepreneurs reduce the cost of developing new products and services by ensuring that they do not waste time and money designing features that customers do not want. It emphasises the importance of getting customer feedback from the earliest stage of the development process. Many believe that application of Lean Start-Up principles gives entrepreneurs a better chance of success without needing large amounts of outside funding and the need to develop elaborate business plans. This webinar provides the ideal introduction to Lean Start-Up philosophy and practices. It will be of interest to anyone considering launching or developing a product or services, business support providers, or anyone interested in this increasingly popular business model.

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BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Webinar: Fashion founder Friday

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