The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visited Bromsgrove Business & IP Centre (BIPC) last Friday..
Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, visited Bromsgrove Library on Friday 30th July to meet library staff and see the recently opened Bromsgrove Business & IP Centre (BIPC).
BIPC Worcestershire officially launched on 4th June 2021, building on the established regional Centre at The Hive, Worcester.
Bromsgrove is one of five new local BIPCs being introduced in libraries across the county, part of a major national expansion of the British Library’s national BIPC network made possible through £13million Treasury investment. Further local BIPCs are due to open in libraries in Malvern, Redditch, Kidderminster and Evesham.
The Centres will provide dedicated business community space within libraries, including PCs, desks, Wi-Fi and meeting rooms.
BIPC Worcestershire can help at any stage of a business journey, from developing an initial idea to supporting start-ups, advising on Intellectual Property (IP) or providing significant business intelligence data to help with business development.
BIPC Worcestershire is part of a wider business support landscape available from Worcestershire County Council, and will work closely with Enterprising Worcestershire and the Worcestershire Business Central Growth Hub to ensure businesses can access the support they need.
BIPC Worcestershire provides:
• free business support, mentoring and training delivered by expert partners or BIPC Business Advisors on a 1:1 or group basis, online and in-libraries
• free access to high quality UK and global market intelligence, customer insights and company data via a range of specialist business databases
• intellectual property information and guidance
• signposting and referral to business support programmes available in the county
• business networking events online and in-libraries
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and MP for Bromsgrove said: “Business & IP Centre Worcestershire is a fantastic addition to the range of services provided by Bromsgrove Library. Providing support through public libraries breaks down barriers to anyone thinking of starting or wanting to take their business to the next level.
I’d encourage anyone who has a bright idea for a business to explore the free services available through the local Business & IP Centres.”
For more information about BIPC Worcestershire, how to sign up for the latest online events visit the dedicated Business and IP centre pages of the County Council website or follow @bipcWorcs on Twitter or Facebook.