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Business & IP Centre Nottinghamshire

We provide free business support to start-up business owners, entrepreneurs, and inventors across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and neighbouring areas. Whether you’re starting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or are ready to take the next step in your business journey, we are here to help.

Business & IP Centre Nottingham (BIPC) is part of the BIPC National Network, led by the British Library. Visit us at BIPC locals in selected libraries or engage with us online.

What’s On: events & one-to-ones

Looking for Business Advice?

Sometimes all it takes is a conversation to be pointed in the right direction and have your confidence boosted.

To see how the BIPC can help you and your business see our Introduction webinar to review our service, or speak with an Advisor online or in the library:

All BIPC email enquires will be responded to within 5 working days


Discover and access a wealth of free resources, databases, and information we have on offer to help you start-up and run your business.

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

BIPC Local Centres

Visit us 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

You can access book stock as well as our primary online databases, COBRA and Kompass, in a range of Inspire Libraries across Nottinghamshire.

Business Stories

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

Privacy Policies

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. By engaging with the programme we will ask for feedback from you and will process your personal data with the British Library.

For information about how the British Library will use your personal data, you can view our Privacy Policy at

For information about how Nottingham City Library will use your personal data, you can view our privacy policy at

For information about how Inspire Libraries will use your personal data, you can view our privacy policy at

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