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Business & Intellectual Property Centre Sheffield

Proud partners to the British Library Business & Intellectual Property Centre National Network, the Business & IP Centre Sheffield, is a vital resource for entrepreneurs, innovators and business start-ups.

Based on the ground floor of the Central Library in the city centre, we provide you with the ideal tools to research your business with a range of business databases, trade publications, business literature and guides to support your business information needs.

Business & IP Centre Sheffield is the go-to hub for information on Intellectual Property and offers a wide range of workshops, events & networking opportunities tailored to help you to understand all you need to know about protecting your business idea from the very start.

If you want to know how we can help grow your business idea or support your growth company, check out what our Ambassadors say about us in our promotional video.


Business and company information

  • Business & market research databases include MINT and Avention / OneSource
  • British Standards
  • Selection of business reference books
  • Free factsheets and industry guides
  • Protecting your ideas with Patents, trademarks, design and copyright – we are a member of PATLIB UK
  • Guidance on applying for IP
  • Current and past editions of newspapers and journals and also free eLibrary services e.g. Newsbank
  • Researching your market
  • GB historical patents from 1617 to 1900. Copies available on request for a charge
  • Networking area including study space and private Business Pods
  • Free computer access


Industry guides

We have copies of the following:

  • Construction & Property
  • Cycling
  • Drinks
  • Fashion
  • Horticulture
  • Social Enterprise Green & Ethical Business Opportunities

Download a guide


Free workshops and networking events

  • Patent Clinics where a Patent Attorney will give free advice during a 45 minute session to support you in developing and protecting your ideas.
  • Innovator in Residence sessions.  Come and discuss your ideas, ask advice and draw on Roger Tipple's vast experience in the world of business and IP.
  • Trade Marks Clinics where a Patent Attorney will give free advice during a 45 minute session to support you in developing your brand.
  • Research Your Market! Introduction to Business Information workshop helps you to explore the wide range of professional Business Databases we have available and how to research your market with demonstrations of our business databases available FREE of charge in the Central Library.
  • Introduction to Copyright workshop explains the basics of copyright, including eligible works, duration of protection, key resources, and an introduction to protecting and managing your copyright as well as using the work of others.
  • Know Your IP! Introduction to Intellectual Property workshop An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, a brand name or a song. This session will help you understand IP and how it may apply to you and your business.
  • First Steps to Marketing Clinics where you will receive free advice during a 45 minute session to support you in developing your marketing plan.
  • Introduction to Social Media for Business workshop provides an understanding of social media, what’s available and how to use it to help you market your business. You will receive practical guidance on how to make the most of social media for you and your business.

For hints and tips keep in touch on Twitter @BIPCSheffield and Facebook BIPCSheff

View latest information on all our BIPC events and workshops


Mailing lists

We can provide a bespoke mailing list service, for a small fee, which utilises the business database MINTUK.

This service is especially useful for anyone interested in locating potential suppliers, compiling a directory of useful addresses, researching the competition or conducting a business analysis by region or industry.


About us

We are part of the Business & IP Centre, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, Intellectual property support, workshops 1 to 1 advice and mentoring opportunities.

A collaboration between the British Library and 6 city libraries in England (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield), the business & IP Centre network aims to open up business resources to communities throughout the country.

It is supported by the Intellectual Property Office, DCLG and Arts Council through direct funding and via the "Enterprising Libraries" project.

"Enterprising Libraries" will draw on our role as a community hub to spark local economic growth and improve social mobility in local communities across Sheffield, embedding the library as a trusted centre of business support and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for people of all backgrounds.


Contact us


Telephone: 0114 2734736

Visit us

Central Library,
Surrey Street,
S1 1XZ

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