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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Start-up Stories

April 29, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Meet some inspiring women in this relaxed and friendly panel event and learn from their experience of starting and running a business.

Panellists include:

Roshni Mahajan – Aramis Rugby

I was born and brought up in India. Indian society is very retrogressive in its approach towards the progression of women. The aggressively patriarchal attitude towards my aspirations encouraged me to strive towards higher altitudes in life. I might have entered the UK as a coy bride but today I take great pride in being a businesswomen, innovator, philanthropist, mother and boss. Being in the UK has given me the confidence to dream and to avail of the opportunities to make my dreams come true. I live and work in the beautiful North Devon countryside and give a lot of importance to promoting this area in the field of manufacturing and innovation. I have decided to give my time and resources towards encouraging women in sport and also women in business. I have started and hope to grow a women in business networking group in Devon. I have a degree in Products and Interior Design and if I can spare the time, then my passions are cooking, reading about history and social sciences and watching rugby with my son.

Sarah Smith - The Dartmoor Artist

Sarah is a proud female founder of an independent business called The Dartmoor Artist - a sustainably conscious art & hand-painted homewares business inspired by the great British countryside. Sarah began her business in 2018 after a freak accident led to her discovery of painting.  Building a business from the living room floor up and a proud rural founder, Sarah creates joyful thoughtful work from the middle of ‘nowhere’ to arrive at your ‘somewhere’.  Included in Small Business Britains’ Top 100 UK Small Businesses for 2021 and 2022’s Top 100 UK Female Entrepreneurs, Sarah is a huge advocate of the power of creativity for positive mental health and a small business champion. 

Vickie Robins – Oriflame

I moved to Bratton Fleming in North Devon with my husband and our three sons in September 2018. All my adult life I have worked in the care industry but found it more and more difficult to work around the children. I was paying for someone else to look after them and it was costing us a fortune. So last January I started looking for something that would work around the children and let me find me again. This was so important as I had lost me and my identity. I was so lucky that I found Oriflame and set up my own business, the transformation in myself has been huge. I have been on a mindset journey and my confidence has soared and have had promotion after promotion within the company and I am currently Team Manager and applying for a further promotion. I lead a team of 17 and we are going from strength to strength. I love the fact that I get to help and support others in their own journey. I still have a long way to go to achieve my dreams and aspirations, but my future is looking bright. My goals are set and I know I will achieve them all.

Booking/Joining information

Zoom webinar – details will be sent to you 24 hours before the session via email.

The session will be recorded for BIPC Devon’s archive. You are free to leave your cameras on or turn them off as you prefer. There will be a chance to ask questions during the session, which you can do via video/audio or by using the Zoom chat function.

If there is anything we can do to help you access this session more easily, please do get in touch at

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April 29, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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