Business & Intellectual Property Centre – Lead Partner – Startup Peterborough

Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

About The Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Libraries aren’t just full of books.

They’re full of ideas. Bright ideas that change the world. Bright ideas imagined by inspiring people. Inspiring people like you and me. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough libraries, in partnership with the British Library and other libraries across the UK are leading a revolution by inspiring a thriving community of new and existing business owners.

It’s free to join and open to everyone. And it’s transforming the way ideas grow into successful businesses. Whether you’re just starting out, need advice on protecting your assets, or are ready to take the next step in your journey, we’re here to help.

We support entrepreneurs and innovators from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and growing a business. We hold workshops and events and offer advice on a whole host of subjects, from setting up your business to protecting your intellectual property. So whether you’re looking to start, grow or run a business, Business & IP Centre Cambridgeshire & Peterborough can help.

Business & Intellectual Property Resources

We know that some of the crucial things when starting a business include understanding your market, competitors, and customers trends.

That’s why we have invested in a range of resources worth over £5M such as online market reports from top publishers, company data for over 144M UK and global companies, start-up books and business directories, 700,000 historical annual reports and over 60 million patents available for you to access for free.

We can also help you to navigate these resources to ensure you get the best out of them.

Intellectual Property Advice

Protecting your intellectual property is paramount. By knowing and understanding your IP rights you can ensure that you are safeguarding your creativity effectively.

IP consists of four main areas: copyright, trademarks, patents and registered designs.

Businesses of any size can be at risk of IP infringement, therefore ensuring you have the right form of protection is worth the time and effort, and it’s easier than you think!

We can give you basic IP information and signpost you to your next move.


Maybe you’re thinking about starting a business and need some inspiration? Or maybe there are some areas of business that you need a bit of help with?

Through a mix of free and low-cost events, the BIPC can provide you with information and support in protecting and commercialising your business idea.

We have a programme running throughout the year made up of webinars, workshops, and one-to-one support. The events cover the basics of how to run a business, through to masterclass level support!

You can also join us for our annual Start-up Day – a day of free talks and practical advice sessions designed to get your business idea off to a flying start.


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