03Collaboration: Business resources from the British Library
What are Business & IP Centres?
At every stage in the lifecycle of a business, entrepreneurs and business owners will have times when they need support and guidance. We’ve been providing some of this support through Breakthrough since 2011, and now we’re working with the British Library’s network of Business & IP (intellectual property) Centres to make that support even more widely available.
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. There’s a programme of free and low-cost events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property, all delivered in the familiar surroundings of city libraries.
Business & IP Centres are physical hubs, providing shared workspace in existing library buildings, with manned reception desks and friendly staff on hand to guide people to the help and resources that they need to start and run successful businesses. The centres are uniquely placed to help people to protect and commercialise their ideas by giving them the skills, knowledge and confidence to do so in a trusted and accessible place, and anyone can walk into a centre to seek help or use the resources.
Through our collaboration with the Business & IP Centre network we’ll be able to help even more people and businesses prosper at the times that matter most to them and from the minute they have that first spark of an idea.