Get the support you need to start and grow your business for free
The Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) North East is the go-to destination for those who wish to start, develop, or grow their business.
BIPC supports local businesses located across the width and breadth of the North East region by providing an array of information resources that are free, practical and accessible online or within your local library.
Whether you are an existing business or just starting out, be assured that BIPC North East will be there to support you throughout your business journey.
How BIPC North East can help support your business
The BIPC team is made up of helpful and insightful specialists who will help you unlock the power and value of intellectual property.
Whether you are designing your latest invention or wish to protect your brand, the team is here to guide you.
They can provide appropriate recommendations on the different types of protection available including design, trademarks, copyright, and patents.
The BIPC North East team delivers IP surgeries which are held twice weekly via appointment to help businesses understand further the different types of IP protection available.
BIPC North East have a friendly and knowledgeable team of thirty plus local experts who derive from a wide variety of business sectors.
Many of the experts come from small businesses themselves and offer free one-to-one appointments where you can receive advice on a wide range of topics including finance and funding, marketing and communication, HR and much more.
In addition, Newcastle-based businesses can now apply to receive up to 12 hours of fully funded expert support through the Citylife Business Support programme.
Book an appointment today and explore free to access market research and business information that is essential to your own business journey.
Use insightful databases including COBRA, GRANTfinder and Mintel to access company statistics, delve into the latest market trends and analyse consumer behaviours.
You will be able to find out about the latest funding opportunities and research your competition.
As part of the British Library’s national network of Business & IP Centres, you can find the BIPC across eight main libraries in the North East:
at Newcastle City Library which is the BIPC North East’s regional Centre BIPC Local at Berwick Library: Northumberland BIPC Local at Hexham Library: Northumberland BIPC Local at Morpeth Library: Northumberland BIPC Local at North Shields Customer First Centre: North Tyneside BIPC Local at Local History Library @Sunderland Elephant Tea Rooms: Sunderland City BIPC Local at The Word Library: South Tyneside
For businesses in Gateshead, you can also access BIPC resources for free at Blaydon Library.
The BIPC North East is here to support and guide you on your business journey.
Visit them in your nearest library or drop them a line to find out more: [email protected]