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Welcome to Business & IP Centre Nottingham!  We’re here to help you with your business journey from idea to implementation.  Click on the links below for more information about the support and services we offer.

Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, our free Reset. Restart programme is here to help you transform, future-proof or grow your business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The British Library is hosting a monthly series of webinars on topics from mindset to marketing as well as funding, finance, sustainability, customer offer and much more. 

Visit their website for full details and to book.

Plus watch this space for details of a local programme running alongside – make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list to get all the details direct to your inbox!


Managing your business during the pandemic

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

Companies House information

COVID-19 Self Employment Income Support Scheme

GOV.UK Guidance for Employers and Businesses

HMRC Tax Helpline for Small Businesses

Intellectual Property Office COVID-19 updates

Nottingham City Council Business Support

Our programme of surgeries, workshops and webinars

1:1 Expert Advice

All sessions are currently being delivered online.

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.

The following three are currently on hold:

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

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

D2N2 Growth Hub: Online 1:1 appointments for businesses looking to restart, pivot or grow.  Alternate Thursday mornings, Book D2N2 Growth Hub.

Sign up to our newsletter for alerts when the above are running again.

Workshops and Webinars

How to satisfy your customers: first time, every time

More dates coming soon...

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. 

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.


We offer a range of market research and company information tools to help you plan your next move.

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.


 Coming soon:

A range of market research and company information resources, available to use in our main centre at Bulwell Riverside Library and satellite sites in Inspire Libraries.

Does your small business or charity need help with something?  Do you have something you could offer in return?

Notts Swap Shop is here to help you, offering a free platform for businesses and small charities to support each other by swapping skills and expertise. 

We’re excited to be working with Nottingham CVS as champions for Notts Swap Shop, and are grateful to the team at Derby Swap Shop (founders of the concept) for allowing us to join the Swap Shop family and bring Swap Shop to Nottinghamshire!

Visit the website to sign up, see the swaps on offer and add your own!

Notts Swap Shop: www.nottsswapshop.co.uk


Derby Swap Shop: www.derbyswapshop.co.uk

Leics Swap Shop:  www.leicsswapshop.co.uk

Our delivery partners

D2N2 Growth HubD2N2 Growth Hub supports business growth across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Nottingham team run fortnightly surgeries on a Thursday morning. D2N2 Growth Hub also runs a wide range of webinars from digital marketing to exporting and people management.

InovraInovra 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 ClarksonPotter Clarkson is a firm of 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. 

Rogers Spencer: Rogers Spencer is a highly regarded Nottingham based Independent Accountancy Practice.  Their team of 30 staff provide a full range of accountancy services for small and medium sized enterprises in and around Nottingham.  They have dedicated accounting, payroll, tax and bookkeeping teams who can offer all the accountancy related support a growing business needs.  They run a monthly Accounting and Finance Clinic on the third Tuesday of the month.

SmorgasbordSmorgasbord 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

The Big House ProgrammeThe Big House Programme supports creative and digital businesses across Nottingham and Derby. It is delivered by a number of local partners including Creative Quarter, NBV, Nottingham Art Exchange and NTU

Creative QuarterCreative Quarter is based in Sneinton Market and encourages the growth of Nottingham’s creative and digital economy by supporting people to start and grow creative and digital businesses.

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

Federation of Small Businesses – East MidlandsThe FSB is a membership organisation providing advice, financial expertise and support for small businesses and a regular programme of events across the region.

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

Food and Drink ForumSupports food and drink manufacturing businesses across the East Midlands with a range of training and events, funding and technical support as well as lease of food grade facilities in Nottingham and Leicester.

Ingenuity NetworkIngenuity 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 WayA 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.

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

Nottingham InsightNottingham 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 MarketsInformation about trading on Nottingham’s markets.

Prince’s TrustThe 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 HiveThe 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

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