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Business & IP Centre Nottingham

British Library logoThinking of starting a business, or need help to grow your business?

Based at Nottingham Central Library, we’re here to help with specialist information, a range of one to ones, workshops and events to inspire and inform you.

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1:1 sessions: Regular surgeries and clinics

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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).

Our delivery partners

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. 

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 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.

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.

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. 

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. 


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

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.


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.

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), on floor 2 of Nottingham Central Library, is a partnership between Nottingham City Libraries and the British Library, supported by D2N2 Growth Hub.

Tel: 0115 915 2841 Email:  Twitter: @BIPCNottingham

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