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British Library Inventor’s Club

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Join the British Library's the Business & IP Centre for their new Inventors’ Club series, designed to help you refine, protect and commercialise that new product idea you’ve been tinkering with.

Great ideas can change the world! 

However, whilst lots of us often spot the potential for a new product or piece of technology, the harsh realities of research and development, prototyping, manufacturing and distribution often mean that few of those ideas actually make it to market. The Inventors’ Club has been established by the Business & IP Centre to give budding inventors the opportunity to network with others in the same boat, hear from speakers who have successfully commercialised their inventions, stay motivated and share insider hints, tips, expertise and experience. You’ll get feedback on your inventions in a safe, non-judgemental environment and also find out about how the Library’s extensive collection of business and commercial data can help you on your journey from someone with a great idea, to having a product on the market.

Please note that the purpose of the British Library Inventor’s Club is primarily networking, expertise-sharing and introductions. The environment is public and open, and must not be regarded as confidential or IP protected. However, the Business & IP Centre do provide a range of support services to help inventors understand and protect their Intellectual Property including: one-to-one information sessions, an ‘Inventor in Residence’ and workshops on IP. More information in these services can be found on our website.

The Inventors’ Club is brought to you by the Business & IP Centre in collaboration with:

Bob Lindsey – a chartered Engineer with a wide experience of marketing and business management, who has spent over twenty years advising entrepreneurs and small businesses on getting their new products to market. He was part of the team which set up the Inventors’ Club at Kingston University in 2005, and he regularly runs Innovation Clinics at the British Library.

Mark Sheahan – the Founder and Owner of Compgen Ltd and Culgen Ltd and the Chairman at Morgan Goodwin Ltd.  He has been a value collaborator of the Business & IP Centre for over 13 years as the British Library’s Inventor in Residence, helping over 1000 aspiring innovators with their inventions.

Barry Slayford – the inventor of the Arson-Proof Letterbox and founder of the Croydon Inventors’ Club. He also set up the Invention Centre at South Norwood to assist entrepreneurs to get their new product ideas to market. He can advise on all parts of the journey from initial idea to market launch.

Meetings will take place on the last Monday of each month and light refreshments will be provided.

Running order:

5.50 – 6.05          Registration / networking

6.05 – 6.15          Introductions

6.15 – 7.00          Patricia Nolan-Brown, celebrated inventor from the USA, will talk through how she boot-strapped her first innovation into the marketplace


7.00 – 7.40         We have two innovators wanting to float ideas for feedback on the market and the route to market:

  • Marie Callan will present an idea for eliminating single-use plastic bags in dry cleaning shops, automating their operations and improving customer experience.

  • Siglint Kessler will present an item of soft furnishing.

7:40 - 8:30          Refreshments and networking      

This event is free of charge to attend.