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Business and IP Centre Liverpool

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

Business and IP Centre

Business and IP Centre

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Find us

Business & IP Centre, first floor, Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW

We are closed bank holidays


Centre opening hours

Opening hours


How we can help

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, Gary Millar
  • 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 the Business & IP Centre Liverpool 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:

Events and drop-in sessions

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

  • Clinic for entrepreneurial advice

    Central Library

    Entrepreneur in residence advice session with Gary Millar.

    Thursday 1pm — 4pm

    Drop in


  • Copyright and contract law advice

    Central Library

    Advice from Francis McEntegart, McEntegart Legal Ltd.

    Second Thursday of the month, 1pm — 4pm

    Must book

    Email or call 0151 233 5835.


  • Patents advice

    Central Library

    Patents advice with Dr Les Pritchard from Culverstons.

    Last Thursday of the month, 1pm — 4pm

    Must book

    Email or call 0151 233 5835.


  • Business website advice

    Central Library

    Business website advice with Peter Dunning, Digital Config. 

    First Thursday of the month, 1pm — 4pm

    Must book

    Email or call 0151 233 5835.



  • Patents clinic

    Central Library

    Patents clinic with the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

    First Tuesday of the month, 5pm — 7.30pm

    Must book

    Email or call 0151 233 5835.


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

The Business & IP Centre Liverpool 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.