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  • Walk and Talk at Abington Park for Women's Wellbeing

    Studies show that being out in nature and walking makes you feel good! It can have a powerful impact on your mood. Circumstances can mean that it’s not always straightforward to get out there and do it on your own, so a fortnightly walk and talk aimed at women to support wellbeing has been launched by Salma Shah and Saints Coffee. It’s the perfect way to make sure you get outdoors, so why not take a bit of time for yourself to meet others. There will even be some granola pots from Salma Shah, as well as freshly brewed coffee from BIPC Northamptonshire Reset. Restart Small Business Grant Winner, Saints Coffee. The walking group are upping their sustainability game this time though, so please bring your own reusable cup and a spoon! They'll have some spares but the less throwaways the better! There are so many benefits from getting outdoors, but the best one is that it can help you feel relaxed and happier. The next meeting is Sunday 20th June, 11am at the bandstand, Abington Park.

  • GrantFinder, Market Research Database Resource

    GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK and Europe, covering local, national and international sources of funding. GrantFinder enables you to identify, apply for and manage funding. Featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities. Its up-to-the-minute database is supported by a dedicated team of expert researchers who monitor, digest, verify and report daily on thousands of funding sources including charitable trusts, societies, research councils, national government, the EU and corporate sponsors. GrantFinder's strong relationships with funding administrators and policy managers across all of these organisations mean they can share advanced knowledge of new funding policies and opportunities. Why choose GrantFinder? Expansive database - most expansive funding database in Europe Search functionality - user-friendly and intuitive search functionality Simple synopsis - simple to scan synopsis of each funding opportunity News and alerts - real time news and alerts on relevant new and updated funds Training, tools and expertise - training, tools and expertise to support successful applications Insight - Insight on funding policy and funding trends GrantFinder can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central Library, Wellingborough Library, Kettering Library, Towcester library and Brixworth libraries. ​ Access Grantfinder | Visit Grantfinder Website | Become a free library member The Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire can provide free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. We pay the subscription fee so that our library users can benefit from access to tools like: COBRA, Frost & Sullivan, GrantFinder, Local Data, Mintel, Statista and more. So whether you want to conduct research into a new market, check out your competitors, do research for your business pitch, look at future trends or find funding opportunities, we have free access to a database that can help you. View our full list of market research databases.

  • Use competitor analysis to find your business niche

    Carrying out thorough analysis of your business competition is not just a good idea, it’s a necessity to discover a profitable business niche. It’s vital that you uncover your competitors’ behaviour and what makes them attractive to consumers in order to find unexplored niches that are ripe for domination. Put simply, competitor intelligence gives you the tools to differentiate the way you do business from the rest; with a set of unique selling points (USPs) that turn potential customers into regular customers and regular customers into brand advocates. It’s a fact of business life that all businesses face competition in some form or another. And it’s no longer just local, offline competition either – with more products and services being purchased or researched online you face a battle to dominate your niche on multiple fronts. Why should I check out the business competition? It’s not just the competitors themselves that you need to watch out for – other newly developed products and services can be your undoing if they are being sold by or licensed to competitors. The end goal when finding a business niche to ‘own’ is to always stay ahead of the game. By understanding your competitors’ positioning strategy (how they are perceived in the eyes of the consumer) it’s easier to get a handle on the demands and expectations of your target niche as a whole. Why are customers choosing them? Are they opting for the cheapest option or do they prefer a premium-quality product? How do they differentiate themselves from the competition within their marketing collateral? Is there one company that’s managing to keep pace with trends and issues quicker than the rest? If so, how? It’s also a good idea to uncover the financial strength of your business competition before you delve too deeply in a particular niche. The last thing you want is to discover that you’re up against a company that’s got considerably more cash flow and budget to blow your brand and marketing presence out of the water. What are the best sources of competitor intelligence? At the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire, you can gain instant access to more than £5m worth of financial data and information on companies located in more than 200 countries using systems such as FAME, Kompass, Statista and Mintel. Whether it’s accounts and director details, news analysis, company accounts or emerging markets and technologies, we can give you the essential information you need to find opportunities to start, run and grow a niche business. Davidson, J. H. (1997) ‘Even More Offensive Marketing’ suggests that the sources of information for competitor analysis can be grouped into the three following categories: Recorded data Information that’s most easily available, either via internal or external published form. The best examples of these would be a competitor’s annual reports, live press releases, product brochures, presentations and speeches. Observable data Information that has to be actively collated, often via multiple sources. The best examples of these would be competitor pricing, promotions and competitor tenders that help to build an overall picture of what your competitors are getting up to. Opportunistic data This type of information is often the hardest to obtain, as it requires considerable planning and organisation. It is labelled opportunistic because it relies on coming from one-to-one discussions with suppliers, ex-employees of competitors, distributors that provide anecdotal snippets of information that can often be the missing pieces in the competitor jigsaw puzzle. However, an individual piece of recorded, observable or opportunistic data has little value in isolation. The real skill is to gather as many pieces of the jigsaw to understand competitor objectives and their strengths and weaknesses. Identifying competitor strengths and weaknesses Using the competitor intelligence sources discussed above it’s much easier to ascertain what your competitors are doing well and, equally, where they aren’t quite so strong. For instance, you may have gleaned some opportunistic data that suggests a competitor may have a fantastic reputation for customer service and aftersales care, but their pricing structure is higher than it should be; giving you an opportunity to nip into the marketplace and offer a cheaper but equally effective alternative. Similarly, your competitor analysis of recorded and observable data might uncover that your rivals are yet to secure registered design rights or patent rights to their products, which may give you a chance to steal a march. Nevertheless, it’s important to keep abreast of the latest rules on patent protection, copyright law and design rights. At the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire we’re here to give business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors the tools to make better informed decisions when developing new business ideas. With access to a comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property information sources, get in touch with us to learn more about how our data can be applied to develop a profitable business niche. This article first appeared on the British Library’s Business & IP Centre website.

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  • 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 Spring Business Our Spring Into Business campaign offers free webinars and mentoring. Supporting local business 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 supports entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. We do this by running free workshops and providing information and advice sessions on self-employment and intellectual property. Our free services cover the whole 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, run and grow your business. Latest News GrantFinder, Market Research Database Resource 0 1 Use competitor analysis to find your business niche 8 2 Merged Futures 3 10 3 Read More IP Intellectual Property advice We can help you with information on patents, copyright, trade marks and registered designs. Get Advice

  • Reset. Restart Programme | Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

    Reset. Restart Reset. Restart Business Support Programme We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why we are delivering a dedicated programme to support SMEs which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are. ​ Open to all business owners, especially those in the first years of trading, our Reset. Restart programme is here to help you transform, future-proof or grow your business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Join one or more of our webinars below for practical, jargon-free training and advice. Network with other entrepreneurs and receive further support from the webinar programme at the Business & IP Centre at the British Library . ​ Small business grants We are supporting the local business community with the launch of our Reset. Restart Small Business Grants. The £1,500 grants are for business expenses, and successful applicants will also receive a year's free membership with the Northamptonshire Chamber plus ongoing support from the BIPC Northamptonshire team. Applications have now closed. ​ Meet the small business grant winners ​ See more information about Reset. Restart small business grants ​ Email Us Email the BIPC Northamptonshire team bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk Call Us Call the BIPC Northamptonshire team Tel: 01604 361447

  • Market Research | Databases | Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire

    Market Research Free database subscription resources ​ Get free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. We pay the subscription fee so that our library users can benefit from access to a range of tools (see list below). So whether you want to conduct research into a new market, check out your competitors, do research for your business pitch, look at future trends or find funding opportunities, we have access to a database that can help you. Note: The links below will take you to our external library website. ​ Do I need to be a library member? If you are not a full member of the library, you can become a virtual member in order to access subscription resources available on the e-Library from home or office. ​ How does it work? When you visit the premium subscription websites from your home or office you will need to enter your library card number in the box provided. Some resources may only be available in certain libraries due to licensing requirements - any restrictions are listed in the entry for each resource below. ​ Business and intellectual property list of resources ​ Complete Business Reference Adviser (COBRA) ​ ​COBRA is a practical and comprehensive resource for anyone wanting to start a business, write a business or marketing plan or conduct research into a new market. Cobra is available in all libraries and home access by entering library card number. ​ Access COBRA | Visit COBRA Website ​ Emerging Markets Information Service (EMIS) ​ EMIS is a global database providing company, industry and economic information including company reports and financial statements. EMIS can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central, Wellingborough, Kettering, Towcester and Brixworth libraries. ​ Access EMIS | Visit EMIS Website Fame ​ Fame is a comprehensive database of information on both public and private companies across the UK and Ireland. It is a valuable business intelligence tool for sales and marketing. Due to licensing requirements Fame is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request reports to be emailed to you by emailing bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk ​ Access Fame | Visit Fame Website Frost and Sullivan ​ ​Frost and Sullivan is a specialist market analysis database focussing on the sciences and technology, providing in-depth global market research & strategy reports covering medical technology, chemicals & plastics, automation, electronics, energy systems, environmental & building technologies and IT. Frost and Sullivan can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central Library. ​ Due to licensing requirements Frost and Sullivan is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request executive summaries of reports to be emailed to you by emailing bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk ​ Access Frost and Sullivan | Visit Frost and Sullivan Website ​ GrantFinder ​ ​GrantFinder enables you to identify, apply for and manage funding. Featuring over 8,000 continuously updated funding opportunities. GrantFinder can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central Library, Wellingborough Library, Kettering Library, Towcester library and Brixworth libraries. ​ Access GrantFinder | Visit GrantFinder Website IBIS World market research reports ​ ​IBIS World is a global market research database providing statistics and expert analysis on industries, countries, consumers and companies. ​ Due to licensing requirements IBIS World is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request market research reports to be emailed to you by emailing bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk ​ Access IBIS World | Visit IBIS World Website Kompass ​ ​Kompass is a global business to business directory which enables you to find new business leads. ​ Kompass (Within Library) Kompass (Home Access) | Visit Kompass Website Kompass home access is temporarily available during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please be aware that downloading is only available by visiting Northamptonshire Central, Wellingborough, Kettering, Towcester and Brixworth libraries. Local Data ​Local Data Online have a team that are on the ground daily, physically examining every retail location across the UK to capture an accurate and dynamic picture of the UK high street. Historic analysis, present and future forecasts can be taken from this data, enabling businesses to make better strategic decisions. ​ Due to licensing requirements Local Data is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request reports to be emailed to you by emailing bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk ​ Access Local Data | Visit Local Data Website Mintel Mintel provides in-depth market researcher reporting focusing on businesses that provide services to consumers. Mintel can only be accessed at Northamptonshire Central, Kettering, Wellingborough and Towcester Libraries. ​ Access Mintel | Visit Mintel Website Newsbank ​Newsbank provides full text of articles from a wide range of UK national, regional & local papers as well as international news sources including print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals (including business journals), broadcast transcripts and videos. Coverage includes over 300 UK news sources and over 1,800 US news sources. Newsbank is available in all libraries and home access. ​ Access Newsbank | Visit Newsbank Website Statista ​Statista is a worldwide resource containing reports, statistics, outlooks and infographics for industries in over 150 countries. ​ Due to licensing requirements Statista is not available through home access. While our libraries are closed or have restricted opening, you can request reports to be emailed to you by emailing bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk ​ Access Statista | Visit Statista Website Book a one-to-one advice session Learn more

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