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Not just books but business help too now at Redditch Library

Correspondent 24th Jun, 2021

BUSINESSES in Redditch 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, providing free and accessible support and resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The network has a strong track record of supporting local economies too, and in 2019 an independent economic evaluation showed the BIPC was creating £6.95 of public value for every £1 invested.

In the three years to 2019 it’s estimated it supported the creation of 12,288 new businesses, 55 per cent of which were started by female entrepreneurs and some 31 per cent 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

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean 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.

“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.”

For more on the Business & IP Centre Worcestershire visit https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/BIPC.

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