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About Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

As part of the British Library National Network the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire is leading a revolution by inspiring a thriving community of new and existing business owners. It is free to join and open to everyone. And it is transforming the way ideas grow into successful businesses.

Whether you are just starting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or are ready to take the next step in your business journey, we are here to help. We support entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business.


Our libraries offer different levels of facilities for businesses and are split into 3 tiers:

Regional centre

Access to workshops, events, business 1:1s, good web guide business section, dedicated BIPC space with a collection of business books and all business subscription resources.

Northamptonshire Central Library

BIPC locals

Access to workshops, business 1:1s, good web guide business section, dedicated BIPC space with a collection of business books and the majority of business subscription resources.

  • Brixworth Library

  • Kettering Library

  • Towcester Library

  • Wellingborough Library

Information points

 Access to good web guide business section, Cobra business subscription resource and signposting to our services.

  • Brackley Library

  • Corby Library

  • Daventry Library

  • Deanshanger Library

  • Duston Library

  • Hunsbury Library

  • Irthlingborough Library

  • Oundle Library

  • Rushden Library

  • Weston Favell Library

Democratising Entrepreneurship 2.0

Between April 2020 and March 2023, our National Network of libraries supported 62,876 individuals and helped create 18,175 new businesses. Click here for the full report, compiled by ERS (PDF).

Democratising Entrepreneurship 2.0

For every bright idea, everywhere.
Join a thriving business community in your local library.

National Network

The British Library Business & IP Centre National Network provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. There is a programme of free events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property. 

BIPC Entrepreneurs. Four female and one male holding flowers, a jumper, shoe shape block and socks
BIPC Entrepreneurs. Three male and 6 females all smiling and happy.

Supporting Local

Libraries act as engines for economic growth through helping businesses to start, run, innovate and grow. As part of the British Library Business & IP Centre National Network we help establish enterprises, create new jobs, increase turnover and boost our local economies. For every £1 invested in the BIPC Network, £6.63 is put back into the economy, which we believe represents a fantastic return on investment.

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Watch the video

​Watch the video to find out more about the Business & IP Centre and what we do to help entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses.

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