St Helens BIPC

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What is a BIPC? 

  • BIPC (Business & Intellectual Property Centre) provides accessible support to start up and run a successful business.

    Liverpool Central Library is home to the Business & Intellectual Property Centre Liverpool.  The BIPC is part of a national network of Centres in libraries, supported by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Intellectual Property Office.  The London BIPC is based in the British Library. 

BIPC Local

St Helens Library became a BIPC Local in September 2021 with Newton-le-Willows Library becoming a Business Information Point (an expansion of the BIPC Local) in October 2022. 

These libraries will provide: 

  • Signposting to local grant funding 
  • Free access to online business database subscriptions
  • Access to specialist book stock at Newton-le-Willows and St Helens libraries


A more detailed look at BIPC Services

BIPCs are designed to offer anyone, whether they have an embryonic business concept, have formed a new business or are developing a company, access to a range of services around protecting and commercialising their ideas. These include:


FREE TO USE in St Helens Library and Newton-le-Willows Library to library members (to become a member click here), these are a range of powerful, high-value databases containing detailed, up-to-the-minute information on markets and business sectors as well as local, national and international market trends and information.

Invaluable to anyone wanting to write a business plan, raise finance, assess the potential of a market, and evaluate the competition.

Access Grantfinder


Provides support to organisations seeking to increase their funding success and develop opportunities to participate in partnership bids and increase income through external funding.

Access EMIS


Emerging Market Information Service, research and analytical data, peer comparisons and more


One to One Information Sessions

If you are interested in a one-to-one, simply send an email to our specialist, Alex Ferguson.

Workshops, start-up conferences and other events

BIPC Liverpool City Region also runs and co-hosts start-up conferences, talks and panel events to provide both inspiration and advice to anyone wanting to start or grow a business.

Keep up to date with regional events via BIPC Liverpool City Region events or following them on Twitter.