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June 15, 2012 6:41 pm
The British Library’s successful information and advice service for aspiring entrepreneurs is to be planted into six other city centre libraries across England.
The move is a further endorsement of the Business & IP Centre, which claims to have helped create 2,775 businesses since it was opened in 2006.
Key to the service is the British Library’s IP archives, enabling would-be founders to research their ideas, and its development of practical workshops, one-to-one advice clinics and networking events, connecting business owners with experts in areas such as finance, marketing and intellectual property (IP) law.
A £100,000 grant from the Intellectual Property Office will enable the model to be replicated in libraries in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield through pilot exercises, starting next year.
However, further funding will be needed in each local area to make these services permanent outside London.
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