Woman in front of biological symbol

Business & IP Centre Nottinghamshire

The Business & IP Centre Nottinghamshire (BIPC) is a partnership between Nottingham City and Inspire Libraries and the British Library. We are part of the BIPC National Network and provide free support to start up business owners, entrepreneurs, and inventors like you.

Contact a BIPC Advisor for an informal chat to discuss how we can help

Request your one-to-one

What’s On: Events & One-to-ones

Expert support

Advice and Mentoring with Business Experts

Meet with business and industry experts from the Smorgasbord for one-to-one advice.
View Post
26 Jan

Is your Brand Telling the Right Story?

The importance of telling a compelling and authentic brand story and how to use this to create loyal customers.
View Post
27 Jan

Fit For Funding Webinar

Are you an SME looking to grow? Not sure how to access funding? Want to know more about the plethora of funding options available to you? This webinar will demystify the intricacies of SME funding and help explain the optimal routes to accessing finance for your business.
View Post
For Every Bright Idea Everywhere with Kiro Kanteen
9 Feb

Intellectual Property Clinic with Potter Clarkson

Do you have a great idea and want to know how to protect it?
View Post
10 Feb

Digital Marketing and Social Media for Beginners

This session is designed for Beginners. This webinar will cover Setting the Scene, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing as well as exploring Cost-Effective Tools.
View Post
15 Feb

Finance Essentials - Bookkeeping software

An all you need to know snapshot about the accounting and finance essentials for your start-up or small business.
View Post
23 Feb

Maintaining Brand Consistency - for Non-Designers

Join Summit Creative for easy tips and tricks on creating your visual identity.
View Post
10 Mar

Digital Marketing and Social Media for Intermediates

This session is designed for Intermediates. This webinar will cover Setting the Scene, Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing as well as exploring Cost-Effective Tools.
View Post
BIPC how to make my cash go further
15 Mar

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.
View Post
30 Mar

When Branding Goes Bad

Join Summit Creative for their lessons on how to avoid damaging your business with bad branding practices.
View Post


Access a wealth of free resources, databases and information to help you start up and run your business.

Some databases can be accessed from home with your library card, whilst others are available through your local Business & IP Centres in the libraries.

Expert Help

We are delighted to work and collaborate with a range of delivery and in-residence partners who support local Nottinghamshire and East Midlands businesses in our programme.

The support doesn’t stop there. By connecting with the Business & IP Centre, we can help you access and navigate a vast network of business support, including national, regional and local initiatives.

Smorgasbord: Smorgasbord can help you start or grow your business. They are Start-Up Loan agents and can help with funding for ideas and new business ventures, as well as giving you context of the larger funding landscape. They are key delivery partners in our Fit for Business programme, providing regular webinars and weekly one-to-ones so you can get advice for your next steps.

D2N2 Growth Hub: D2N2 Growth Hub supports business growth across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Meet with Account Manager, Tracey Hylton, who runs fortnightly surgeries for Nottingham City-based SMEs. Tracey has excellent links with the wider business-support landscape and has a specialist low-carbon and sustainability remit.

Potter Clarkson: If you need help finding out or need support with a specific intellectual property challenge, sign up for a one-to-one with a Potter Clarkson solicitor or attorney.

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. Our IP Clinics run twice a month.

Rogers Spencer: Accounting and financial advice is provided by the team at Rogers Spencer in monthly webinars and one-to-ones.

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.

Summit Creative: Summit Creative are a Nottinghamshire-born creative agency that helps businesses achieve brand consistency by providing innovative and practical solutions for your design, print and online presence.

Their expert team provides the solutions and support required to ensure your brand resonates with your target audience. From your tone of voice and the unique story behind your brand, the way it translates across printed collateral & promotional items to how your website looks and feels; Summit Creative protects your brand and guarantees consistency.

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.

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.

Small Business Advice Line: The University of Law offers a virtual Legal Advice Clinic for Small Businesses, which provides start-up businesses with a free 30 minute appointment to speak to a Commercial Solicitor in relation to their query. You will be contacted by a clinic student who will confirm with you the advice sought and your appointment date/time. Email: sbal@law.ac.uk

The My Way Project: A toolkit and programme developed by the University of Nottingham and local entrepreneurs to help women feel confident about their way of being an entrepreneur.

NBV: NBV supports business start ups 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.

Companies House: Information for starting up and registering your business.

HMRC: HMRC gives information on registering your business information for tax and national insurance purposes.

Intellectual Property Office The IPO supports you with identifying and protecting your intellectual property and gives guidance to ensure that you are not in breach existing rights.

Nottingham City Council Business Support Information for businesses within Nottingham City area on licencing, business rates, grants and more.

BIPC Local Centres

Your BIPC local will open soon. We look forward to welcoming you at our sites, where you can get:

  • free access to market research and data to understand your market
  • information and resources to start and grow your own business
  • events, workshops and networking with fellow entrepreneurs

Hear the latest from BIPC Nottinghamshire

Sign up for updates from Business & IP Centre Nottinghamshire or to access your subscriber preferences

BIPC Newsletter

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

Business & IP Centre Nottinghamshire services are free for start-ups and small businesses due to funding from the British Library and Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Logos British Library, Business and IP Centre Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council delivered by Inspire