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
  • Entrepreneur in residence / start-up advice sessions
  • Access to events streamed from the British Library


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, 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.

Acess Cobra


An encyclopedia of practical information for starting, running and managing a small business

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

Access Mintel


Full access to Mintel UK covering a broad range of consumer and lifestyle markets in the United Kingdom. 

Covers beauty and personal care, health and wellbeing, technology, travel, e-commerce, leisure, home retailing and clothing and footwear.


One to One Information Sessions

In St Helens Library, BIPC Liverpool City Region will provide a weekly drop-in information session from a specialist. 

These one-to-ones take place every Friday, 10am – 4pm (subject to change). 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

Throughout the year there will be a wide range of free or low-cost workshops and webinars providing information for new business founders , inventors and innovators.

Keep up to date with events and workshops happening in St Helens via eventbrite or following us on Twitter.

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.