Business & IP Centre Nottingham

Thinking of starting a business, or need help to grow your business?

Based at Nottingham Central Library, we’re here to help with specialist information, a range of one to ones, workshops and events to inspire and inform you.

Coming events: 

Click each heading for listings then click the links for more details and booking.

Inspiring Entrepreneurs

Screening of the British Library event with a panel of famous names from the food industry. Preceded by an introduction to the Food and Drink forum and an opportunity to hear the story behind 200 Degrees from one of its’ founders.



One to One sessions


The launch of a monthly group working through the My Business My Way toolkit from the University of Nottingham.

 ‘How to do your own PR’ lifts the lid on how to get your business in print, on radio and broadcast on TV.

More support and information:


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).

Useful Links

Links to trusted local and national organisations who can help you to start and grow your business are on Information4Living.

Our delivery partners

Creative Quarter

The Creative Quarter is one of the delivery partners for the Big House Programme, supporting creative and digital businesses across Nottingham and Derby.  We host introductions to the project and one-off workshops such as digital marketing. www.bighouse.org.uk 


D2N2 Growth Hub

D2N2 Growth Hub supports business growth across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The Nottingham team run weekly surgeries and one-off workshops on a range of topics. https://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/


Potter Clarkson

Potter Clarkson are 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. https://www.potterclarkson.com/


Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust run an Enterprise programme supporting young people aged 18-30 in exploring self employment and gaining the tools and knowledge to run a successful business. Their 2-day introductory workshop runs monthly in the Centre. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business

Contact us

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC), on floor 2 of Nottingham Central Library, is a partnership between Nottingham City Libraries and the British Library, supported by D2N2 Growth Hub.

Tel: 0115 9152841 Email: bipc@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  Twitter: @BIPCNottingham

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Contact Details

Email: bipc@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Follow us: @BIPCNottingham