An official launch celebration was held for the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Brighton & Hove in Jubilee Library earlier this month.
While the BIPC has been supporting local businesses for the past 2 years, the first opportunity to hold an in-person event offered a chance for business and community leaders to learn more about the free business and intellectual property support available and reflect and celebrate the impact so far.
Attendees heard from Roxy van der Post, founder of local business Myositis, who shared her experience of how the BIPC’s support has helped her find her place in the Brighton & Hove business community.
BIPC Brighton & Hove is the regional centre of BIPC Sussex, which is part of the British Library’s National Network of BIPCs which are helping business to start up and grow.
As well as providing space to network, learn, and plan, BIPC Sussex holds regular free events including webinars from local expert partners covering a range of business topics, from accountancy to marketing and franchising to wellbeing, alongside specialist intellectual property attorneys.
The BIPC team offer free 121 support on business planning, intellectual property information and signposting across the local business support network.
They also provide training and guidance around a set of free business databases, which offer information on business profiles, market research, statistics, company information, local and regional analysis and funding.
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Attending the launch, Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of the Council, said: “The BIPC has helped over 1,000 local business people in the last 12 months - ensuring that our businesses receive the support and advice that they need.
“The launch event was a great opportunity to help spread the word that libraries mean business!
“The BIPC is a fantastic newly refurbished dedicated space, offering advice to established businesses, business start-ups, with free access to market research databases and opportunities to learn from local and national business leaders.
“Through the support of services such as BIPC, we’re helping local business and the city’s economy thrive.
“Do get in touch with the BIPC to see what’s on offer.”
BIPC Sussex Ambassador, Claire Mason of Man Bites Dog, said: “The Business and IP Centre in the British Library was a much-loved research resource for me in my business growth journey, I used it to research target clients and it was a great support network too. So, I couldn’t be more delighted that the BIPC has come to Sussex!!”