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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 over £5million worth of business and intellectual property databases and publications, including market research, company data, business news and information on IP
  • One to one support including our Patent and IP Clinics
  • Workshops and networking events

Offering insights and access to free resources, training and events – both online and in-person – we’ll help you imagine, start or develop your business. Whether you’re just setting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or simply have a brilliant idea you want to discuss, we’re here to guide you.

We also have a Podcasting Studio for small businesses and start ups to use for free, and a 3D printer for prototyping. Full details about our resources, workshops and events are online at:
Twitter: @bipcgm

If you're thinking of starting up or running a new business you could be eligible to join our support programme, Build A Business in GM Libraries, running across eight Greater Manchester authorities. From Artisan Baker to Zumba Instructor, Build A Business can help! Find out more at:
(Build a Business in GM Libraries is part funded by the European Union, with a grant of £1.3 million from ERDF funding, and managed by Manchester City Council. The project will run from January 2021-June 2023.)

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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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