Business Support

BIPC Glasgow

The newly launched Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Glasgow's Mitchell Library supports entrepreneurs and innovators from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and growing a business. So whether you’re looking to start, grow or run a business, Business & IP Centre Glasgow can help.

All workshops take place at:
Business & IP Centre Glasgow
The Mitchell Library
North Street
Glasgow. G3 7DN

Tel: 0141 287 2904
Twitter: @bipcglasgow
Workshops: Eventbrite

'Business Adviser in Residence' with Business Gateway 

Get 1:1 business advice

No one knows your business like you do. But for those times when you need advice, support or just a fresh pair of eyes, turn to your local business adviser. All of our advisers are highly experienced in business and in helping businesses like yours to succeed.

Maybe you have a new product or service you’d like to launch. You may want to take on staff or move premises but have no idea where to begin. Perhaps you’re looking for local or national funding or networking opportunities. Or it may be that you’re just starting up and need help writing a business plan.

We’re here to connect you with the right business support, whatever your situation. Every year, tens of thousands of businesses in Scotland benefit from our help.

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Resources for Business Start-Up

This workshop will explain how to make best use of free resources at Business & IP Centre Glasgow to support your business start-up or expanding business, from accessing business profiles and factsheets to market research and company information.

Resources covered include:

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) - an easy to use and clearly written online resource providing hundreds of small business idea guides as well as practical how-to factsheets. The guides cover everything from writing a Business or Marketing plan to highlighting relevant legislation.

ProQuest ABI/Inform – This database features key journals, newspapers and reports with its international coverage giving a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.

Mint UK – Provides Financial and company information allowing you to researching companies, competitors and customise targeted marketing lists

IBIS World – comprehensive collection of Industry market research and risk ratings. Covers supply chain, key success factors and barriers to entry. Also includes UK Brexit Impact statements.

This workshop will guide you through these resources and more and give you the opportunity for some hands on practice.

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A Beginner's Guide to Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property (IP) is protection for creativity and innovation. An understanding of IP and its protection is important for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, design, brand name, literary work or a song. This session will give you the knowledge to identify the IP assets contained within your business and how best to protect them.

Did you know?

96% of UK businesses do not know the value of their Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual Property (IP) is an important and often undervalued asset. Effective management of your IP assets can yield many benefits including income generation through licensing, sales and/or commercialisation of IP-protected products or services.

This session will cover the following:

  • IP defined
  • The importance of IP
  • The four main types of IP protection
    • Patents
    • Design rights
    • Trade marks
    • Copyright
  • Hints and tips
  • Useful links & contacts

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MINT UK: How to create targeted sales and marketing lists

Mint UK is a world class resource for accessing company information. It’s designed for end users as a solution for researching UK business intelligence quickly and easily. It gives access to a wide range of high quality information covering companies, news, directors and industry research.

Combining information from eleven specialist sources Mint provides 5 years of detailed financial information where this is available as well as contact details for both limited companies and those unincorporated companies registered with Dun and Bradstreet.

Regularly updated this reliable and flexible resource is ideal for those wishing to

  • Research competitors and the marketplace
  • Credit check companies
  • Create sales and marketing lists

This workshop will demonstrate the methodology of searching for individual company reports and creating highly targeted marketing lists while giving an appreciation of the breadth of company information available on Mint.

The session will cover

  • A typical large company report on Mint
  • Methods of creating lists reflecting the individual client’s requirements
  • The criteria available for creating a marketing list (location, activity, turnover etc)
  • The reasoning behind choosing specific criteria
  • How to format the resulting list to show information required
  • How to create a very specific mailing list using the Mailing Wizard

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Intellectual Property Clinics @ The Mitchell

In partnership with Creation IP Limited,  ?we will be offering a confidential environment for you to discuss your ideas, products, designs and brands with a CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) registered patent attorney absolutely free of charge.

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