The British Library operates a large Business and Intellectual Property Centre and has grown 13 Network Centres across the UK.

What is a Business and IP Centre and what does it do?

The British Library Business & IP Centre National Network provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. Each library within the network has an allocated space within the library set up to provide services and resources for business.

There is a programme of free and low-cost events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property. The service includes support from library staff and business experts able to signpost and offer advice services to business.

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About the Business & IP Centre at Jubilee Library

Brighton & Hove City Council has been successful in being chosen to set up a Business & Intellectual Property Centre at Jubilee Library. The BIPC will be a place where the Council’s Economic Development Team will invite partners to deliver workshops and 1:1 help to support entrepreneurs, inventors and small and medium enterprises.

Where will the Business & IP Centre be based?

The Centre will be based at Jubilee Library in central Brighton.

It is envisaged the BIPC will house the following:

  • Business and Intellectual Property Information including leaflets
  • Business and market research databases accessible on library PCs
  • Mint UK (Company Information Database
  • COBRA (general business reference database)
  • A market research database (to be chosen)
  • Two glass pods for clinics.

What will it offer?

The new BIPC will host events where entrepreneurs can come together to network and attend workshops, 1:1 clinics and networking events run by local delivery partners and the British Library.

The library will commit to delivering some workshops such as Business Information and Introduction to Intellectual Property.  The space will be set up for business use.

We are currently in a pilot phase and working towards an official launch in April 2020.

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