Budding entrepreneurs or anyone wanting to develop an existing business can now access a new range of specialist support services following the launch of Knowsley’s Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC).
BIPC Knowsley, 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.
There will also be 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.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
“Knowsley is an outstanding place to do business and home to some of the most successful businesses in the UK. While we want to encourage more companies to invest and expand in Knowsley we also want to support the next generation of creative and innovative businesses so it’s extremely exciting that libraries can now play a new role in helping do just that.
“BIPC is free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re starting out or are ready to take the next step in your journey, we’re here to help.”
The Business & IP Centre Liverpool (based in Central Library) and the British Library are behind the roll out of several new local BIPCs across the Liverpool City Region including in Sefton, St Helens and Wirral as well as Knowsley.
It follows last year’s spending pledge of £13million in government funding towards a major expansion of the British Library’s Business & IP Centre network, providing many more local libraries with business resources and expert support for aspiring business owners.
Liz Jolly, Chief Librarian at the British Library, said:
“At their heart, libraries are trusted spaces with professional staff who have a mission to connect people with information. Our BIPC Network harnesses the power of libraries, bringing in expertise from the local community to help people from all walks of life turn an idea into a successful business.”