Business & IP Centre Devon


The Business & IP Centre at Exeter and Barnstaple Libraries host a range of events and workshops to suit start-ups, entrepreneurs or businesses looking to learn new skills or research their industry.

Webinars run weekly on a variety of subjects and are a great way to get an overview of a new topic, or a refresher which can help you to look at your business plan in a new light. Whether you’re just starting out or an established business looking to grow, our webinars are useful, inspiring and informative.

One-to-ones are useful for enquiring about how you can access business information and support, to discuss a problem or question you have in a specific area of your business, or to find out more about Intellectual Property. Find out more information on our 1-to-1s page.

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How to Research your Business Idea with COBRA

June 23, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

An introduction to COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) Guides, available from home with your Devon or Torbay Libraries card.

Are you in the early stages of starting up your business? Trying to get to grips with what you need to know before you launch or expand?

Whether you’re setting up as a chocolatier or a cobbler, a marketing consultant or a music tutor, COBRA provides user-friendly online guides that will take you through the essentials – qualifications and skills, market issues and trends, trading and commercial issues, and the legislation you’ll need to comply with in your chosen field.

You’ll also find practical fact-sheets on different aspects of running your small business – everything from keeping a cash book, or choosing an accountant, to checklists for buying a shop or employing staff for the first time.

This session will introduce you to COBRA, show you what’s available, and help you access the resource from home. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, so you get the information you need from the session.

This workshop is being delivered remotely. If you have any additional requirements, please let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

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June 23, 2023
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