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  • Congratulations on your retirement David!

    Congratulations to our very own David Tonks on his retirement after 35 years of service. David is an extremely popular member of the library service. His depth of knowledge is second to none and his calming presence and manner will be missed by all his colleagues here at the BIPC Northamptonshire. BIPC Northamptonshire Official Launch in 2017. David has worked on many successful projects including establishing the first Friends Group and overseeing the programme to protect Northamptonshire Libraries and Information Service’s IT equipment from the Millennium Bug in 2000. Here's David sharing the story of his successful career: Wellingborough Library I worked for 25 years in the Wellingborough and East Northants area as an Information Librarian, based at Wellingborough Library. I was responsible for the reference and local studies collections in the Library. I was also at various times the Manager of Wellingborough Tourist Information Centre, a Learndirect Centre and was heavily involved in delivering the People’s Network Project for the Area’s libraries. Central For the last decade, I’ve been based at Northampton Central Library, which has included being part of the Team delivering the Business advice service, initially through the Enterprise Hub service in partnership with the Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and now as part of the BIPC Network My proudest moment was when we were able to award grants to 19 fantastic new local businesses as part of our Reset. Restart Programme My most memorable moment was walking through fields, with only moonlight for guidance on the way to delivering a presentation for the launch of the North Northants Business Network. Not sure muddy shoes was a good look, but hopefully I pulled it off. My best piece of business advice is to find your niche, who your customers are, and then devote all your efforts to attracting and keeping them.

  • The everywoman Awards 2022

    We are delighted to let you know that nominations are now open for the 2022 everywoman Awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Awards are free to enter, and seek to identify and celebrate the inspirational female founders whose vision, passion, and resilience will play a key role in ensuring the future of the British economy. Whether you’re considering entering yourself or nominating a female entrepreneur you know and are inspired by, there are loads of great reasons to enter: Receive nationwide recognition and high-profile press coverage for both yourself/the individual and your/their company’s achievements Boost your personal brand credentials and inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs It’s free to nominate yourself or someone else you know, and all finalists receive a free invitation to the Awards ceremony in December. You can review this year’s categories and start your nomination here. Please be aware nominations close on the 11th July and the awards ceremony takes place on 8th December. From everyone at BIPC Northants good luck!

  • Our Grant Winners One Year On – Personal Strengths Coaching

    With our new Kick Start small business grants now available offering small businesses £2,000 funding (for more info please visit) we’ve asked a collection of last year’s successful grant winners to look back on their business journey over the last year. The second business to update us on their success is Personal Strengths Coaching. Here’s what Nicola Jackson, Personal Strengths Coaching Director, had to say: Personal Strengths Coaching one year on Looking back to where I was 12 months ago, I now have five times the number of coachees on my books, I have reached my initial coaching target from my first business plan which the BIPC process helped me to develop. I had little idea about running a business at the start of the process, the workshops BIPC Northants ran helped me to get started and really developed my business knowledge. The business itself is now more established, and I have received more support through grants offered through Northampton University. This has enabled me to invest in branding and my website, increasing the professionalism of my business. Grants have also supported me with IT equipment, a Customer Relationship Management system and a marketing strategy all helping to make my business run more efficiently. This is particularly important when you’re running a business with a young family. I was amazed at just how much support was out there to support new businesses. I’d advise anyone who has a new business to get involved with the BIPC and who knows where your idea may take you in the next 12 months! Personal Strengths Coaching origin One year ago when I was lucky enough to get involved in the BIPC Dragons' Den process my business was eight months old. I had started the business after taking voluntary redundancy, and I chose to take the part of my role I was most passionate about and turn it into a business. At Personal Strengths Coaching we help individuals to reach their potential, to stretch them to achieve their goals and to ensure they feel supported in doing that. The how is really important here, we do it in a way that supports wellbeing. By really helping individuals to optimise their strengths, and the things that energise them. Within a team each member brings something different to the party, each member is unique and we value that. Spending time reflecting on what motivates each team member is so important in having a really effective team that not only gets results but also enjoys the journey. Why is it so important to me? The buzz I get from helping others to achieve their goals plays to my strengths, it energises me! I get so much motivation from helping others. I use my empathy, compassion, my enthusiasm for developing others and my focus on getting results in supporting others to achieve their goals day to day. Nicola Jackson Personal Strengths Coach You can contact Nicola via email at nic@personalstrengthscoaching.com Find out how Personal Strengths Coaching can help you by visiting their website here

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  • Start-Up Resources National | Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

    Start-up resources national Business companion Information for businesses and individuals that need to know about trading standards legislation. ​ ​Business Companion CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) ​The CITB supports the skills needs of the British construction sector. ​ CITB Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT) ​Coventry and Warwickshire Reinvestment Trust (CWRT) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting individuals, start ups and businesses. ​​ CWRT ​ Intellectual property basics ​Series of videos helping businesses understand IP and some of the areas around it. ​ Intellectual property basics Kick Off In Business ​Offer free, short courses to give you an insight into self-employment, help you launch your own business, and give you the help and support you need to grow your business. ​ Kick Off In Business Lawyers for your Business ​Scheme run by the Law Society offering a free consultation on legal requirements relating to your business. ​ Lawyers for your Business Plunkett Foundation ​ ​Community businesses trade primarily for the benefit of their community. The Plunkett Foundation provides support and resources for community businesses. ​ Plunkett Foundation Press Gazette: company profiles ​Searchable database listing over 5 million UK limited companies ​ Press Gazette: company profiles Prince's Trust ​ ​Supporting business creation by 18 to 30 year olds. ​ Prince's Trust Santander's Survive and Revive ​ ​Business support programme has been created to help businesses that are looking for ways to rebuild, reshape or evolve their operations in response to coronavirus. ​ Survive and Revive ​ Start-up Britain ​ ​National campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise and passion of Britain's leading business people; aims to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise in the UK. ​ Start-up Britain The Business Community ​ ​The Small Business Toolkit by The Business Community is a published book that you can access for free and read online or download as a PDF. It is a collection of articles to help improve and enhance the success of any small business looking to grow. ​ The Small Business Tool Kit ​ Categories Intellectual property Market research database resources Registering your business Tax national insurance and VAT Writing a business plan Raising finance for your business Building your online skills and digital strategy Business start-up resources Northamptonshire General business start-up resources national Social enterprise resources Business office space Business networking organisations

  • Business Support | Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire | England

    Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire One-to-One Book a free one-to-one business advice session with the BIPC Northamptonshire team IP Advice Intellectual property advice on patents, copyright, trade marks and registered designs. Free Databases Access to free market research database resources and tools to grow your business Next Events View All Events The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire has been supporting entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses since 2015. In that time, over 1750 people have used our services and we have helped over 500 entrepreneurs start a business through a rich variety of webinars, workshops and one-to-one business and intellectual property advice sessions. Our free services cover the whole of Northamptonshire, both West Northamptonshire and North Northamptonshire, which includes: Corby, Daventry, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire and Wellingborough. Get in touch with us to see how we can help you to start, protect and grow your business. Latest News Meet our Kick Start Delivery Partner and Customer Service Specialist- Lindsey Marriott 3 0 Post not marked as liked Visit us at the Merged Futures Business Support Hub 9 0 Post not marked as liked Our Grant Winners One Year On - Form Five Group 37 0 Post not marked as liked Read More IP Intellectual Property advice We can help you with information on patents, copyright, trade marks and registered designs. Get Advice

  • Business Networking Organisations | Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

    Business networking organisations Northamptonshire Business Networking ​ Come and meet local entrepreneurs, sole traders and small business owners based in Northamptonshire and surrounding areas. Our monthly (every third Monday) networking events provides an opportunity for you to seek business support and develop your business network and ideas with like minded people throughout Northamptonshire. ​ Starting, running and growing your business can be a lonely venture, but you are not alone! So why not pop along and learn from and be inspired by other business professionals. ​ Northamptonshire Business Networking ​ Aside from our own monthly Northamptonshire Business Networking events there are many opportunities to network and mingle with fellow business professionals in the county. See below a list of selected events: ​ Cognates Northampton To create collaborative business networking groups that are accessible and fun. Where members not only find work for each other but develop on personal and professional levels without undue pressure. ​ Cognates Northampton ​ Corby Business Network Open to businesses in the Corby District and surrounding villages including Weldon, Rockingham, Gretton, Cottingham, Middleton, East Carlton, Stanion, and Little Stanion. ​ Corby Business Network Digital Northampton ​ ​Digital Northampton is a collaboration between local digital businesses, the University of Northampton, and Northamptonshire County Council designed to support digital innovation in and around Northampton. ​ Digital Northampton ​ East Northants Business Network ​ ​Business community for businesses based in East Northants, Stanwick, Raunds, Oundle, Thrapston and surrounding villages. ​ East Northants Business Network ​ Federation of Small Businesses (fsb) ​ ​Its mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions. Events are free and open to all small businesses and the self-employed across the UK. ​ Federation of Small Businesses (fsb) Kettering Business Network ​ ​Business community for businesses based in Kettering, Desborough, Rothwell, Burton Latimer and surrounding villages. ​ Kettering Business Network Love Corby ​ Love Corby is an online portal supported by a not for profit consortium of Corby businesses, to promote the local area, its businesses and attractions. ​ Love Corby ​ Make it your Business ​ Events delivered all over the country, where women can meet established local female entrepreneurs, learn from their experiences and network with other local aspiring female entrepreneurs. ​ Make it your Business National Enterprise Council ​ ​Support network for all pre-start, new and established businesses ​ National Enterprise Council ​ Northampton Business Network ​ ​Business community for businesses based in Northampton, Abington, Duston, Far Cotton, and surrounding villages. ​ Northampton Business Network ​ Northamptonshire Chamber ​ ​Represents around 1,000 Northamptonshire businesses, who employ over one third of the county's workforce. ​ Northamptonshire Chamber North Northants Business Network ​ ​The North Northants Business Network is a not for profit business network providing support to the North Northamptonshire business community. ​ North Northants Business Network Oundle Business ​ ​Monthly social networking evenings discussing business matters and local issues. ​ Oundle Business The Business Community ​A supportive community of around 150 small business owners with regular networking groups in Northants and the surrounding counties. ​ The Business Community Wellingborough Business Network ​ ​Connecting businesses in Wellingborough and villages in the surrounding area. ​ Wellingborough Business Network ​ Categories Intellectual property Market research database resources Registering your business Tax national insurance and VAT Writing a business plan Raising finance for your business Building your online skills and digital strategy Business start-up resources Northamptonshire General business start-up resources national Social enterprise resources Business office space Business networking organisations

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