Business & IP Centre Nottingham

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) is a partnership between Nottingham City Libraries and the British Library.

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Reset. Restart. one-to-one business advice

Reset. Restart: One-to-One Business Advice Sessions

Reset. Restart Business Recovery Programme - One-to-One Business Advice Sessions
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20 Sep

Intellectual Property Clinic with Potter Clarkson

Do you have a great idea and want to know how to protect it?
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23 Sep

Paid Digital Marketing (PPC) on a Budget - How and Why You Need to Do it

Considered using paid digital advertising but don't think it is affordable or you don't know where to start? This webinar is for you.
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BIPC Finance Essentials webinar series – VAT: what are my options?
28 Sep

Finance Essentials webinar series - VAT: what are my options?

An all you need to know snapshot about the accounting and finance essentials for your start-up or small business.
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Plant and soil in business man's hand
29 Sep

Growing your business with D2N2 Growth Hub

Get the information you need about the support available to you at our 45-minute 1:1 surgeries for Nottingham-based businesses with D2N2 Growth Hub
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BIPC Finance Essentials webinar series – Bookkeeping software
19 Oct

Finance Essentials webinar series - Bookkeeping software

An all you need to know snapshot about the accounting and finance essentials for your start-up or small business.
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BIPC how to make my cash go further
30 Nov

Finance Essentials webinar series - How to make my cash go further

An all you need to know snapshot about the accounting and finance essentials for your start-up or small business.
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COVID-19 support

Managing your business during the pandemic

British Business Bank – CBILS Loan Scheme

COBRA – access our business reference tool remotely with your library card for information across a wide range of topics and sectors including COVID-19 advice

Companies House information

COVID-19 Self Employment Income Support Scheme

GOV.UK Guidance for Employers and Businesses

HMRC Tax Helpline for Small Businesses

Intellectual Property Office COVID-19 updates

Nottingham City Council Business Support


We offer a range of market research and company information tools to help you plan your next move.



Complete Business Resource Advisor is an online resource packed with information about setting up in business. It includes:

  • Factsheets on a wide range of business ideas
  • Information about legal considerations and insurance
  • Signposting to regulatory bodies and sources of business support
  • Information about trade events and key organisations in each sector
  • News and trend reports for different sectors
  • Local area profiles

If you’re not a library member you can Join online.

COBRA – Quick Reference Guide



Find out what’s new and how the future looks in your sector with IBISWorld’s range of Industry Reports, packed with market information, trends, key players and data to help you with your business planning.

To view a report while libraries are closed, look through the lists linked above, email with your request and we’ll email it out to you.

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Swap Shop

Now covering the whole of the UK, this free online platform gives you the opportunity to find a swap and build connections with businesses locally or nationally. Whether it’s social media, accounting, translation, funding bids or press releases that you need help with, Swap Shop can help you find someone to swap with.

Brought to you by the award-winning Derby Swap Shop team, supported by local partners including Business & IP Centre Nottingham.

Local and national information

The Big House Programme: The Big House Programme supports creative and digital businesses across Nottingham and Derby. It is delivered by a number of local partners including Creative Quarter, NBV, Nottingham Art Exchange and NTU

Creative Quarter: Creative Quarter is based in Sneinton Market and encourages the growth of Nottingham’s creative and digital economy by supporting people to start and grow creative and digital businesses.

East Midlands Chamber: Business organisation covering the East Midlands and providing information, support and training.

Federation of Small Businesses – East Midlands: The FSB is a membership organisation providing advice, financial expertise and support for small businesses and a regular programme of events across the region.

First Enterprise: Provides business support, advice, business loans and new start finance to start ups and SMEs across the East Midlands.

Food and Drink Forum: Supports food and drink manufacturing businesses across the East Midlands with a range of training and events, funding and technical support as well as lease of food grade facilities in Nottingham and Leicester.

University of Nottingham Business Network: Offers events and networking to businesses interested in connecting with the university and a directory of local businesses.

My Business My Way: A toolkit developed by the University of Nottingham and local entrepreneurs to help women feel confident about their way of being an entrepreneur. We have a monthly Meetup in the Centre based on the themes covered in the toolkit and hosted by its creators.

NBV: NBV supports business start up through start-up workshops, one to one advice, provision of office space, start-up loans, training and events.

Nottingham Insight: Nottingham Insight provides access to information, data and original research about what it’s like to live in Nottingham, and is curated and maintained by Nottingham City Council.

Nottingham Markets: Information about trading on Nottingham’s markets.

Prince’s Trust: The Prince’s Trust runs an Enterprise programme supporting young people aged 18-30 in exploring self employment and gaining the tools and knowledge to run a successful business.

NTU Enterprise: Nottingham Trent University Enterprise is primarily for NTU students and alumni but will support anyone with a viable business idea through mentoring and training programmes.

We are members of the Patent Library Network (PATLIB) run by the Intellectual Property Office.

We are very grateful to the British Library and Department of Culture, Media and Sport for funding support to expand our services.

Our delivery partners

D2N2 Growth Hub: D2N2 Growth Hub supports business growth across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Nottingham team run fortnightly surgeries on a Thursday morning. D2N2 Growth Hub also runs a wide range of webinars from digital marketing to exporting and people management.

Inovra: Inovra Group is a business consultancy, serving small and medium businesses with a focus on the implementation of best practices. They run a workshop on ISO 9001 Quality Accreditation in the Centre once a quarter.

Potter Clarkson: Potter Clarkson is a firm of Intellectual Property specialists based in Nottingham City centre, able to advise on patents, trademarks, copyright, how to protect your ideas and how to stop someone else using them! The IP Clinic runs on the first Tuesday of the month.

Rogers Spencer: Rogers Spencer is a highly regarded Nottingham based Independent Accountancy Practice. Their team of 30 staff provide a full range of accountancy services for small and medium sized enterprises in and around Nottingham. They have dedicated accounting, payroll, tax and bookkeeping teams who can offer all the accountancy related support a growing business needs. They run a monthly Accounting and Finance Clinic on the third Tuesday of the month.

Smorgasbord: Smorgasbord helps people who want to start or grow a business. They can help people get funding for their idea or new business as well as providing mentoring and a variety of other advice and services for people with a business idea, or a business that is new or needs advice on next steps. They run a surgery on Wednesday mornings.

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