The Peterborough Business & IP Centre supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing your business. Our Business & IP Centre is part of the British Library Business & IP Centre national network.

Our team will 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 have a confidential one to one. Coming soon are a range of free or low cost events at the Business & IP Centre. If you can’t visit us, you can still take advantage of the British Library’s expertise by registering for regular webinars, from wherever you are in the world.

Speak to our advisors for help and information on taking the first steps to self-employment, and take advantage of free full access to the library service's computer and internet facilities. 

Open during staffed hours at Peterborough Central Library.

We are working in partnership with Cambridgeshire Libraries to provide the Business and IP Centre.  Click here for details of Cambridgeshire Libraries services, resources and events.

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Business Research

  • Access to Research
    Students, independent researchers and small businesses can now access over 1.5 million of the world’s best academic papers through Vivacity libraries in Peterborough, a result of a unique collaboration between librarians and publishers, who have made their journal content available. Available in libraries only.
  • COBRA - the Complete Business Reference Adviser
    COBRA provides critical business facts, compliance and trading details covering hundreds of the most common small business trades, sectors and professions Access is only available at Peterborough Central Library. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.
  • IBISWorld
    IBISWorld industry reports are powerful business tools that provide strategic insights and analysis on over 400 UK industries. Each report consists of 25 to 30 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and historical performance; five-year forecasts on revenue, imports, exports, employment and other key statistics; major industry participants with market share and more. Access is only available at Peterborough Central Library. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.
    Mint UK is a comprehensive database of UK company and business intelligence. It includes information on companies’ financials, management and corporate structures, plus additional intelligence such as news and industry research. Access is only available at Peterborough Central Library. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Consumer Advice

  • Which? 
    'Which?' works for you reviewing products and services, so that you make the best purchase decisions for your needs. Access is only available in libraries. Please ask a member of staff for assistance.

Government help and support for your business

Intellectual Property Databases

Click the links below to download information on Intellectual Property Databases available in the UK

Click here to download Intellectual Property Databases Fact Sheet 1

The following databases are only at the British Library Business and IP Centre in London. 

  • Derwent Innovation List 
  • British Patents 1617-1899 Document Store

You need to contact the British Library Business and IP Centre directly to make an appointment to search these databases.

Patent Information

  • Espacenet 
    Free access to over 100 million patent documents
  • Patent Scope
    Provides access to the International Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in full text format on the day of publication, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices.

Opportunity Peterborough aims to make Peterborough an even better place to do business. As the city's the economic development company we offer free support to companies of all sizes and sectors in Greater Peterborough so they can achieve their growth ambitions. We also promote the city and its businesses locally, nationally and internationally to attract new companies to the area, creating jobs and boosting prosperity.


Whatever your business needs, whether you're looking for grant funding, specialist support to get your ideas off the ground, want to expand your professional network, adapt a workspace, or just want to get a better understanding of our city's economic strengths, make Opportunity Peterborough your first port of call!


Visit the website for more information [], or alternatively, call 01733 317417 or email to talk to a member of our friendly team.


Business and Intellectual Property Centre Events Programme

All these FREE events will take place at Peterborough Central Library.  Pre booking is ESSENTIAL.

To book any Business and IP Centre event please email with your name and a contact phone number.

Regular Events

Business 121s with Joe Watson from Signpost to Grow - First Tuesday of every month, 9.00am - 1.00pm.  More details at:


Business Banking Advice 121s with a Local Business Manager From Metro Bank - Tuesday 27th August - 11.00am - 1.00pm.  More details at:


Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Cultural Change-makers - a live streaming from the British Library - Thursday 12th September - 6.45pm-8.30pm.  More details at:

How To Beat Procrastination And Land On The Moon -  Monday 16th September - 6.00pm-6.45pm.  More details at:

SOLD OUT - Webinar - Introduction To Social Media For Small Business - Wednesday 18th September - 2.00pm-3.00pm.  More details at:

Project costing 121s with Wilkinson Accounting Solutions - Thursday 25th September - 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.  More details at: