Redditch businesses and entrepreneurs can now access free and accessible support and resources at the town’s library.

A new Business and IP Centre, part of a national network funded by The British Library, has opened at Redditch Library. It provides free and accessible business support and resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses through public libraries.

The Network has a strong track record of supporting local economies, and in 2019 an independent economic evaluation showed the BIPC was creating £6.95 of public value for every £1 invested, and in the three years to 2019 supported the creation of 12,288 new businesses, 55% of which were started by female entrepreneurs and some 31% by BAME entrepreneurs.

The opening of the Business and IP Centre in Redditch and the expansion of the network across the country was made possible by a £13 million investment by the Government in the March 2020 budget.

The Business and IP Centre will provide:

  • free business support, mentoring and training delivered by expert partners and 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

Rachel said:

“As we recover from the impact of the pandemic, it’s great to know there will be support available for anyone thinking of starting a business or wanting to take their business to the next level. This will certainly help with our recovery.

“As I know from my own experience of setting up my own business, I know how important this support is for people who are just starting out on their business journey.”

If you are interested in receiving business support from Business & IP Centre Worcestershire get in touch by visiting: https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/BIPC