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New free business support available in Crawley Library

Business owners and entrepreneurs can now get even more free support in libraries across West Sussex with the opening in Crawley of a new Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Local.

The BIPC, which opened in Crawley Library this week and is part of BIPC Sussex, is aimed at start-ups, small-to-medium businesses, entrepreneurs and those exploring a business idea.

The BIPC network aims to deliver the information and resources needed to make a business, charitable organisation, career transition, or artistic enterprise a success by providing free access to:

• market research and a range of business databases including competitor information • information and resources to start and grow business • one-to-ones with a trained BIPC librarian.

Each month, to help local entrepreneurs find the support they need to launch their businesses, the centre will host free:

• webinars • workshops • in-person networking

In addition, the centre provides a hot desk location, charging points, free Wi-Fi and a bookable meeting pod.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support, Fire and Rescue, said: "I am delighted that today we officially launched the BIPC Local at Crawley Library, offering valuable support to the county's many entrepreneurs with help and advice to make sure their businesses have the best chance of success. Creating a sustainable economy is a key priority in our council plan and supporting businesses new and old is an essential part of delivering on that priority.”

The new centre is part of the British Library's national network of similar centres across the country. It will provide insights and access to free resources, training, and events. The team can also signpost people to resources to aid with the procedures required to help them protect their products and services with patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright.

In addition, all libraries in West Sussex offer business help with resources and signposting.


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