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Business & IP Centre Nottingham

 

We're still here to help you online while our libraries are closed.

We've listed links to key information for small businesses on COVID-19 support from trusted sources here:

GOV.UK Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Claim a self-employment COVID-19 income grant

HMRC Tax Helpline for Small Businesses

Companies House information

British Business Bank – CBILS Loan Scheme

COBRA – access our business reference tool remotely with your library card for information across a wide range of topics and sectors including COVID-19 advice

Webinars, online workshops and events

We’re working on bringing our events programme online – more details appearing here soon and on Twitter @bipcnottingham 

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Latest webinars and workshops from the British Library Business & IP Centre

See upcoming webinars on their website – please note that some of their workshops which are being delivered online instead of face-to-face are charged for, but there are plenty of free sessions too.

Thanks to our membership of the Business & IP Centres National Network, you can access lots of webinars and online workshops to inspire you and help you up-skill your business, from business planning to bid writing and attracting investment as well as mental resilience and emergency planning.

1:1 remote sessions

 

1:1 advice from our partners is still available remotely in these challenging times.

Accounting and Finance Clinic: 1:1 appointments with our partners Rogers Spencer Chartered Accountants on the third Tuesday morning of the month - book here.

Business Advice Sessions: Online 1:1 appointments with advisors from Smorgasbord are available on Wednesday mornings – book here.

IP Clinic: to arrange an appointment with Potter Clarkson for advice on Intellectual Property, please email us on bipc@nottinghamcity.gov.uk and a member of the Potter Clarkson team will be in touch.

D2N2 Growth Hub: contact the D2N2 Growth Hub enquiry line on 0333 0069178 (lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) or complete an online enquiry form.

Follow the Nottingham City team @growingnottm on Twitter for all the latest business updates from Nottingham City Council, plus see their online information page here.

More Webinars and Workshops

 

How to satisfy your customers: first time, every time

Tuesday 21 July, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Help your business stand out from the crowd with top-quality customer service!  Book your place at this free online workshop to find out what 'Quality' actually means (in plain English) and how it can benefit your organisation. 

Book here.

 

Latest webinars and workshops from the British Library Business & IP Centre

Thanks to our membership of the Business & IP Centres National Network, you can access lots of webinars and online workshops to inspire you and help you upskill your business, from business planning to bid writing and attracting investment as well as mental resilience and emergency planning.

See upcoming webinars on their website – please note that some of their workshops which are being delivered online instead of face-to-face are charged for, but there are plenty of free sessions too.

 

More support and information:

Online resources

 

COBRA (or Complete Business Resource Advisor) is an online resource packed with information about setting up in business. It includes:

  • Factsheets on a wide range of business ideas
  • Information about legal considerations and insurance
  • Signposting to regulatory bodies and sources of business support
  • Information about trade events and key organisations in each sector
  • News and trend reports for different sectors
  • Local area profiles

Access it in the library or at home. (City library card needed for remote access).

If you're not a member you can join online, check how to Join the Library here.

Our delivery partners

While our libraries are closed there are some changes to how you can get support from our partners, please see 1:1 remote sessions and Webinars and Workshops above for details

D2N2 Growth Hub 

D2N2 Growth Hub supports business growth across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Nottingham team run weekly surgeries and one-off workshops on a range of topics. 

Inovra 

Inovra Group is a business consultancy, serving small and medium businesses with a focus on the implementation of best practices. They run a workshop on ISO 9001 Quality Accreditation in the Centre once a quarter.

Potter Clarkson

Potter Clarkson is Intellectual Property specialists based in Nottingham City centre, able to advise on patents, trademarks, copyright, how to protect your ideas and how to stop someone else using them!  The IP Clinic runs on the first Tuesday of the month. 

 

Smorgasbord

Smorgasbord helps people who want to start or grow a business. They can help people get funding for their idea or new business as well as providing mentoring and a variety of other advice and services for people with a business idea, or a business that is new or needs advice on next steps. They run a surgery on Wednesday mornings.

Other local links

Creative Quarter delivering the Big House Programme 

The Creative Quarter is one of the delivery partners for the Big House Programme, supporting creative and digital businesses across Nottingham and Derby.  We host introductions to the project and one-off workshops such as digital marketing. 

East Midlands Chamber

Business organisation covering the East Midlands and providing information, support and training.

Enterprising Nottingham

A programme of training and one-to-one support for new and existing social enterprises in Nottingham, delivered by Nottingham CVS.

Federation of Small Businesses – East Midlands

The FSB is a membership organisation providing advice, financial expertise and support for small businesses and a regular programme of events across the region.

First Enterprise

Provides business support, advice, business loans and new start finance to start ups and SMEs across the East Midlands.

Ingenuity Network

Ingenuity is the University of Nottingham’s local business network, offering events and networking to businesses interested in connecting with the university and a directory of local businesses.

My Business My Way

A toolkit developed by the University of Nottingham and local entrepreneurs to help women feel confident about their way of being an entrepreneur. We have a monthly Meetup in the Centre based on the themes covered in the toolkit and hosted by its creators.

NBV

NBV supports business start up through start-up workshops, one to one advice, provision of office space, start-up loans, training and events.

Nottingham Insight

Nottingham Insight provides access to information, data and original research about what it’s like to live in Nottingham, and is curated and maintained by Nottingham City Council.

Nottingham Markets

Information about trading on Nottingham’s markets.

Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust runs an Enterprise programme supporting young people aged 18-30 in exploring self employment and gaining the tools and knowledge to run a successful business. 

The Hive

The Hive is Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. Primarily for NTU students and alumni but will support anyone with a viable business idea through mentoring and training programmes.

Contact us

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) is a partnership between Nottingham City Libraries and the British Library, supported by D2N2 Growth Hub.

While our libraries are closed please Email: bipc@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or our Libraries Live Chat

Follow us @BIPCNottingham on Twitter

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