Liverpool Business and Intellectual Property Centre

Based on the first floor of Central Library, the Business and Intellectual Property Centre can support you if you're looking to start or grow your business.

From taking those first steps to successfully launching and developing a business, you will find people and business resources here to help you.

Working with a range of partner organisations we can offer:

  • Free access to Business and Intellectual Property databases and publications including market research, company data, business news plus information about intellectual property to protect your ideas
  • Access to business advisers and experts including our Entrepreneur In Residence, Councillor Gary Millar, Liverpool’s Mayoral Lead for Business and International Growth
  • Workshops and events to help you get to grips with all aspects of starting and growing a business including access to chartered patent attorneys and information specialists
  • Inspiring spaces that will help you to think creatively and meet like-minded people
  • Signposting to other business related events and activities within the Liverpool area

Find out a bit more about Liverpool Business and Intellectual Property Centre by watching this short video.

Online resources

If you're a member of Liverpool Libraries, you can access some of our subscriptions at home by logging in with your library card (beginning with LVP).  These include:

  • Cobra - Business reference adviser.
  • Kompass - Detailed profiles of more than 4.6 million companies worldwide.

Cisco Networking Academy® online courses

In partnership with the Cisco Networking Academy®, we're offering two free online courses below to help you kickstart your new business venture.

Be your own boss

This introductory course is made up of eight modules, each containing a video talk by a successful entrepreneur who shares their own inspiring story about how they took their own ideas, and turned them into a profitable business. Although based mainly around technology ventures, and “Technopreneurs”, the knowledge shared is applicable to start ups of any kind. The modules include:

  • A great idea or a wonderful opportunity
  • Protecting and running your business
  • You, your business, and the market
  • Do you need to change or keep on going?

Each module takes about one hour to complete, and contains quizzes to reinforce your understanding of the information presented. No previous knowledge is required. Students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. The course is only available in English.

Entrepreneurship

This will help to provide business and financial skills, attitudes, and behaviours to help develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The course incorporates interactive, online case studies designed to help students learn business skills within the context of starting your own business. Case studies introduce basic business and financial concepts including:

  • Making a business successful
  • Using marketing and communication tools and analysing research results
  • Preparing growth plans
  • Using social media as a research, marketing, and sales tool
  • Outsourcing services
  • Recognising expansion opportunities

This course offers an introduction into how to develop your business. It highlights skills and knowledge that you will need to jump start your ideas and to take the next steps with more confidence.

It has seven modules that include practical activities and quizzes to test your understanding, and will take approximately 10-15 hours to complete. No previous knowledge is required, and students who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. The course is only available in English.

How to enrol

Please email libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk stating which course you would like to enrol on, or ask at the Enquire desk on the first floor of Central Library.

Events and drop-in sessions

All events and drop in sessions are held in the Business and IP Centre, first floor, Central Library:

  • Entrepreneur in Residence drop-in advice session with Cllr Gary Millar and team – every Thursday from 1pm to 4pm. 
  • Trademarks advice with Kate Cruse (Forresters) – first Thursday of the month from 1pm to 4pm (booking necessary). To book email libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 233 5835.
  • Copyright and contract law advice drop-in with Francis McEntegart (McEntegart Legal Ltd) second Thursday of the month from 1pm to 4pm (booking necessary). To book email libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 233 5835.
  • Patents advice drop-in with Dr Les Prichard (Culverstons) – last Thursday of the month from 1pm to 4pm. 
  • Business website advice drop-in with Peter Dunning (Digital Config) last Thursday of the month from 1pm to 4pm. 
  • Patents clinic (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) first Tuesday of the month from 5pm to 7.30pm (booking necessary).  To book email libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 233 5835.
  • Product development clinic (Def-Proc Engineering) – second Tuesday of the month from 6pm to 7.30pm (booking necessary). To book email libraries.enquiries@liverpool.gov.uk or call 0151 233 5835.
  • Be your own boss (St Helens Chamber of Commerce) – second Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.15pm.

If you would like further information or want to speak to the Business and IP team, please contact us.

The Liverpool Business and Intellectual Property Centre is part of a national network in partnership with the British Library and Intellectual Property Office.  Support is provided by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Arts Council England.

Merseyside Enterprise Hub

The Liverpool Central Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre is one of five strategic partners to the Merseyside Enterprise Hub along with the City of Liverpool College, Liverpool Mutual Homes, Mersey Care NHS Trust, and Plus Dane. There are also a wide range of business support delivery partners helping to ensure that the right advice and support is given across all of the diverse communities within the Liverpool City Region. Events also take place in libraries to provide greater reach into local communities.

The Merseyside Enterprise Hub was launched in 2016 in order to provide advice and support to budding entrepreneurs across the Liverpool City Region. Overseen by the Department for Communities & Local Government and part-funded through European Regional Development Funding, the Merseyside Enterprise Hub offers business start-up advice in the six Merseyside areas of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and the Wirral. The Merseyside Enterprise Hub is a three year initiative with the City of Liverpool College acting as accountable body. The Women’s Organisation are the managing agent for the overall programme and also a key delivery partner holding regular sessions in Liverpool Central Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre.  

To find out more about the support available through the Merseyside Enterprise Hub phone 0151 706 8113 or email enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk.

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