How the Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Bristol can support you to start and develop your business.

What the Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre is

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Bristol can support you if you want to start or develop a small business. The main BIPC is on the ground floor of Central Library and there are BIPC locals at Junction 3 LibraryKnowle Library and Southmead Library

The BIPC is part of the British Library's National Network of Business & IP Centres Go to https://www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre/national-network (opens new window). The network is supported by the Intellectual Property Office Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office (opens new window) (IPO).

The BIPC is for aspiring entrepreneurs, start ups and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across Bristol. It offers:

  • free access to £5 million worth of business intelligence resources and databases including market research, grants, company data and reports
  • business publications
  • one to one sessions with advisors and experts, workshops and networking events
  • intellectual property (IP) support to protect your ideas
  • spaces to meet, study and research your business planning

Events at the BIPC

We hold free events, workshops and webinars to help you start and develop your business.

Follow us on Eventbrite to find out about and book places on our events.

We also offer free one to one sessions online or in person with BIPC advisors and industry experts. Email BIPC@bristol.gov.uk to find out more.

How to hold your own event or activity at one of our libraries.

Free business databases

We have a wide range of business databases  you can use for free, including:

  • British Standards Online, the British Institute's standards database
  • COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser), information about starting and running a business
  • EMIS, emerging markets research, data and news
  • Fame, financial accounts data, business ratios, ownership and contact information for UK and Irish registered companies
  • GRANTFinder, funding database
  • IBIS World, UK industry market research, reports and statistics
  • Innovation DB, database of new emerging technologies worldwide developed by universities and research institutions
  • Kompass EasyBusiness, business directory
  • Local Data Company, UK localised retail information on high streets, cities and towns
  • Mintel, UK market research and consumer trends information
  • NewsBank, database of global news sources
  • Statista, market research resources across 170 industries and more than 150 companies

Intellectual property (IP) information

Intellectual property (IP) ranges from logos and corporate identity to products, services and processes. IP rights can protect individuals and small businesses developing new products from imitators.

IP information sessions

We can offer free, confidential one to one sessions on a range of IP topics. We cannot give you legal advice.

To book a one to one IP session:

Patent and trademark attorneys from Handsome IP Go to https://www.handsomeip.com/ (opens new window) run free IP clinics at the BIPC. To book a place, visit our Eventbrite Go to https://bipcbristol.eventbrite.co.uk/ (opens new window) page.

IP resources

Contact us

If you have questions or need more information:

  • email BIPC@bristol.gov.uk
  • call 0117 922 3999
  • write to or visit Business & IP Centre Bristol, Bristol Central Library, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5TL

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