Business & IP Information Specialist

Posted on 10 November 2021
  • Directorate BHCC: Housing, Neighbourhoods and Communities
  • Salary £27,741 - £32,234
  • Contract Fixed Term
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Jubilee Library, Brighton / working from home

Job Summary

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    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Fixed term for 8 months 

Interviews to be held 15/16th December

For an informal discussion, please contact Joanne Simmons - Libraries Services Manager by email

About the role

Do you have a passion to help people to start and grow their businesses? Do you enjoy finding information across different sources and could you present this in an engaging way to others? If yes, then we’d like to hear from you!

The British Library Business & IP Centre National Network provides entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises across the UK with free access to databases, market research, IP (intellectual property) information, networking and business events. Brighton & Hove Libraries has recently joined this Network as a pilot centre.

We are recruiting a Business & IP Information Specialist to deliver business information services to anyone thinking about self-employment, setting up, or growing a business.

In this role you will be

  • Planning and running engaging business and intellectual property workshops
  • Leading one-to-one business information clinics
  • Responding to business information and intellectual property enquiries from customers

You will also support the roll-out of the Business & IP Centre’s new ‘hub and spoke’ offering across the regional library network, involving upskilling library staff on the use of business databases.

This role will really enable you to transform people’s lives and to help future-proof their business. You’ll need superb communications and networking skills, confidence working with wide range of different people, and knowledge of the business sector.

The post may require occasional early morning, evening and weekend working. It is based at Jubilee Library but will occasionally involve working in different locations across the City and region.


As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance ( and Shortlisting questions guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

We’re proud of our reputation as a city which values diversity and protects and enables the most vulnerable. We’re committed to being a fair and inclusive employer and public service provider and an actively anti-racist council.  We particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background, LGBTQ, as well as those who identify as disabled to apply.


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