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The Business and Intellectual Property Centre

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The Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) can help you start, run and grow your business. From that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business, you’ll find the tools, support and advice you need:

  • Free access to business and intellectual property databases and publications, including market research, company data, business news and information on intellectual property (IP),
  • Access to business advisors and experts whether you're starting up or growing your business, or
  • Workshops and networking events. 

Business Support and Advice:

Start Up Advice
10am - 2 pm  every Wednesday, just drop in.
Free expert advice from the GM Business Growth Hub that have business experience and understand the challenges involved.

You can also chat live online with qualified business advisors.

Patent Clinic
Monthly free confidential advice with a patent attorney (suitable for inventors and innovators)
To book an appointment email patlib@manchester.gov.uk

Intellectual Property Clinic
Monthly free confidential advice on trademarks, design & copyright with Ward Hadaway
To book an appointment email patlib@manchester.gov.uk

Other services we offer:

Our Digital Demonstrator can help you explore the benefits of high-speed connectivity and the opportunities this can bring from hands-on demonstrations of new technologies and equipment to free workshops and events for local businesses.

You can book a place on any of these free events via Eventbrite.

Our latest events include:

  • An Etsy workshop at Chorlton Library
  • Video skills workshops for small businesses at Central Library
  • Learn to sell on Ebay at Beswick Library 
  • How to Use a vinyl cutter at Central Library
  • Hands on 3D Printing at Central Library

Join our mailing list and be the first to find out about latest news and events.  Register at businessinfo@manchester.gov.uk.

The BIPC is a partnership between us and the British Library, and is a member of the BIPC network, supported by the Intellectual Property Office, DCLG and Arts Council.

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