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BIPC Local Service

Business & Intellectual Property Centre North East (BIPC) have a dedicated suite for business support at The Word Library in South Shields.

The BIPC Centre provides local businesses and anyone looking to set-up their own business in and around South Tyneside with free access to on-site business databases and the latest market research information and resources.

Services provided include:

  • Business Research and Market Intelligence information: Access to the latest market research and trends, company data, and funding opportunities from a suite of online databases, including COBRA, Kompass and GRANTfinder.
  • Intellectual Property advice and information: A free service provided by trained BIPC staff also providing access to IP barristers and solicitors, working in partnership with BIPC Newcastle. IP Surgeries are held twice weekly, by appointment.
  • Experts in Residence: Over 30 private-sector partners and support agencies providing a free advice session on their specialist topics, including legal and financial, innovation, digital and online topics, marketing, business coaching and re-modelling, business start-up, social enterprise and new business opportunities. The full list can be viewed here.
  • Free Events: Take advantage of their free events programme in which they deliver a wide variety of events activity, focussing on a broad range of topics, suitable for start-ups and existing businesses; delivered by the BIPC network and Experts, along with supporting partners. Click here to find more

Walk in sessions are available, however we would advise you call or email in advance to ensure availability:  bipcnortheast@newcastle.gov.uk or 0191 427 1818.