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Business support service records record figures

by Cathy Sheel

A specialist service offering support to budding entrepreneurs and businesses has announced record end-of-year figures.

Knowsley’s Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) is part of the Liverpool City Region BIPC which has revealed that over April 2021 – March 2022, over 1500 people received business support from the centre.

48% of these were aspiring entrepreneurs and 39% were looking to grow an existing business. This represents a 39% increase on the previous 12 months.  Of the businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs supported, 71% were female, 26% were from a Black, Asian and ethnic minority background, and 18% had a disability. This demonstrates the effectiveness of the BIPC’s reach into groups currently underrepresented in business.

BIPC Knowsley, based in Huyton Library, is equipped with a core set of resources provided by the British Library, including a powerful range of free business databases with real-time information on thousands of local, national and international companies and markets.

It hosts a programme of events, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions delivered in collaboration with local business leaders, professional advisors, successful entrepreneurs and community partners.

BIPCs are part of a national network led by the British Library in London. Last year the success of BIPC Liverpool model was expanded across the City Region with local BIPCs launching across the City and in Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

Contact BIPC Knowsley on 0151 443 3734 or yourlibary@knowsley.gov.uk, or drop in during Huyton Library opening times.