Devon Business & IP Centre provides support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors


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.

Every fourth Tuesday and Thursday between 14:00 and 15:00, the Business & IP Centre at Barnstaple offers free one-to-one sessions with a trained business champion.  One-to-ones are useful for enquiring about how you can access business information and support, or to find out more about Intellectual Property. Find out more information.

The Business & IP Centre in Exeter offer an ‘Introduction to the Business & IP Centre’ appointment.  This appointment is designed to go through all the resources available to you at the Centre, and provide information of other relevant professional organisations that may be able to assist you on your business journey.

These appointments can be made at any time to suit you.  Please email with your preferred time and date.  We will endeavour to accommodate your preferred date and time.  However, if it is not possible, we will offer a suitable alternative.

See below for a full list of events.

Click here to book on any of these events.

Online Trading for Startups (online event via Zoom)  – Wednesday 4th November, 10.30 – 11.30

Social Media for Small Business (online event via Zoom) -Tuesday 10th November, 16.30 – 17.30

Demonstrating Online Expertise, Authority & Trust: How to Do it and Why You Should (online event via Zoom) Thursday 12th November, 16.30 – 17.30

The following free online webinars are part of the national Business and IP Centres’ Reset. Restart programme, supporting SMEs across the country, and open to all business owners.

For full details and to book any or all of these sessions, visit the British Library at

Reset. Restart: your marketing (online) – Thursday 22nd October, 15.00 – 17.00

Reset. Restart: your social and environmental impact (online) – Friday 23rd October, 15.00 – 17.00

Reset. Restart: your funding options (online) – Wednesday 28th October, 11.00 – 13.00

Reset. Restart: your finances (online) – Thursday 29th October, 10.00 – 12.00

Reset. Restart: your digital productivity (online) – Friday 30th October, 10.00 – 12.00

Reset. Restart: your mindset (introduction to programme) (online) – Monday 2nd November, 09.00 – 11.00

Reset. Restart: your business model (online) – Tuesday 3rd November, 13.00 – 15.00

Reset. Restart: your customer offer (online) – Tuesday 10th November, 10.00 – 12.00

Reset. Restart: your market opportunities (online) – Friday 13th November, 10.00 – 12.00

Resources to help start, run and grow your business

  • On the right side of each page you will find upcoming talks, workshops and networking events.
  • A range of one-to-one appointments, including the popular Introduction to the Business & IP Centre.
  • Access to resources; free wifi in libraries, FabLab Devon and of course business reference books!