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Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre at Hull Central Library now open for business - 12/06/17
Entrepreneurs and businesses in Hull can now get extra support from Hull Central Library with the launch of a unique new service designed to enable people to protect, research and commercialise their ideas.

The new Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre in Hull’s Library is one of ten centres across the UK. It is modelled on the successful British Library Business & IP Centre in London and allows entrepreneurs to take advantage of free intellectual property and business information and expertise.

The service has already supported more than 100 business owners and entrepreneurs, of which 40 per cent are owned by women, 10 per cent had previously been unemployed (before starting a business). 30 per cent of those users are from the creative industries and can take advantage of the Creative ENRG project. The ENRG (Enterprise Neighbourhood Renewal and Growth) project is delivered in partnership with the Goodwin Development Trust and Hull City Council Regeneration Team.

With the help of the Business & IP Centre, entrepreneurs can improve their chances of success by researching their idea for a product, learning how to protect and commercialise it.

The Business & IP Centre model has proven successful in helping businesses thrive and survive. An independent report found only one in ten companies helped by the London Business & IP Centre fails after year three, compared with four in ten across the UK.

Hull’s Business & IP Centre will officially launch on Wednesday 14 June, with an Open House event from 1 - 5pm where anyone can pop in to learn about the facilities and services that are on offer. Key business support partners will also be on hand to offer information and guidance.

A panel event will take place from 5 – 6pm, where members will discuss their ‘Top Three Tips’ for business. Panellist Jeanette Brown of Epix Design has already benefited from the library’s support services. Jeanette will discuss her top tips alongside other panel members:

• Diane Hinds, founder of The Entertainment Bureau
• Rebecca Blackwood, founder of 13 Ways
• Dileepa (Dee) Ranawake, Community Manager at C4Di
• Terry King, OBE, founder of Chapter Three

Places for the panel are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite.

The Business & IP Centre complements the wealth of business support provided within the city. It now provides access to business databases, market research reports, company data, and information on patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. The centre offers a walk-in service, with qualified and experienced staff at the library on hand to provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with information and guidance, working with local partners to deliver practical workshops, one-to-one advice and networking events.
The first British Library Business & IP Centre opened in London in 2006. Since then it has helped more than 550,000 entrepreneurs and helped create an average of 550 businesses and 1,200 jobs every year.
Based on a successful pilot in Newcastle, the Library continues to expand its national network. The network has been part-funded through the Department for Communities & Local Government and Arts Council England ‘Enterprising Libraries’ programme which is transforming libraries into enterprise hubs in their local communities.

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, said: “As Hull flies high with its dazzling UK City of Culture programme, this is the perfect moment to be opening a new Centre for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Hull Central Library, the latest partner to join the British Library’s national network. We look forward to working with our colleagues in Hull to spearhead business growth and innovation in the area.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said: “We need to provide opportunities to help people pursue their ambitions and many people across the UK aspire to make a change and consider starting up their own business. Our libraries across the city offer more services than the traditional loaning of books, and this event highlights this. By connecting people to practical support, advice and experienced role models, this event will help turn ideas into businesses of tomorrow.”

Find out more about the services on offer or follow Hull Business & IP Centre on Twitter @BIPCHull

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