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.

All of our events are bookable via the BIPC Devon EventBrite page. Click on the title of any event for further details and booking information.

Finding Funding (online) – Wednesday 24th February, 13.00 – 14.00

An introduction to GRANTfinder, available from home with your Devon or Torbay Libraries membership. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Getting Found on Google with Nigel Wilkinson (online) – Thursday 25th February, 13.00 – 14.00

How often is your first step doing a quick Google search? Nigel shares tips on getting your website found by potential clients on Google.  Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: What You Need to Show to get Access to Finance (online) – Friday 26th February, 13.00 – 14.00

Find out about different types of lending available and how you can access the money you need to build your business dream. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Don’t Undersell Yourself with Robin Waite (online) – Tuesday 2nd March, 13.00 – 14.00

Stop Underselling Yourself! Robin Waite tells you how to create pricing strategies for your business and earn more money with fewer clients.  Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Business Start-up Workshop with Mick Green (online) – Thursday 4th March, 13.00 – 04.00

Workshop your business idea with a handy checklist from Mick Green to help you make sure you and your business plan are on the right track.  Book your free place here.

Keeping Up with the News (online) – Friday 5th March, 11.00 – 12.00

An introduction to NewsBank, available from home with your Devon or Torbay Libraries card. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Swap Your Skills Online: a SwapShop Demo (online) – Tuesday 9th March, 13.30 – 14.30

Finding it hard to network during lockdown? Learn how you can use SwapShop – an online space to swap skills and make new contacts.Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Why are blogs important to my business? with Francesca Mapp (online) – Wednesday 10th March, 13.00 – 14.00

Are you considering starting a blog for your business? You should! Francesca Mapp explains how and why blogs are important for your business.  Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Using Social Media for Sales and Enquiries with Nigel Wilkinson (online) – Thursday 11th March, 13.00 – 14.00

Social media isn’t just for advertising! Nigel shares tips and tricks to help you generate business and enquiries on social. Book your free place here.

Business Start-up Information: an introduction to COBRA (online) – Friday 12th March, 12.00 – 13.00

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

British Standards Online: an introduction to searching (online) – Wednesday 17th March, 11.00 – 12.00

An introduction on how to use British Standards Online. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: management and Leadership for SMEs with John Pomeroy (online) – Thursday 18th March, 13.00 – 14.00

Learn how to get the best from your team and create a vision which inspires your employees. Book your free place here.

Finding Funding: An Introduction to GRANTfinder (online) – Tuesday 23rd March, 14.00 – 15.00

An introduction to GRANTfinder, available from home with your Devon or Torbay Libraries membership. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Operating in Emerging Markets with Ben Travers (online) – Wednesday 24th March, 11.00 – 12.00

Considering going global? Not sure where to start with selling in emerging markets? Ben Travers helps you navigate expanding your market. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: First Impressions Count. Copywriting with Francesca Mapp (online) – Wednesday 24th March, 13.00 – 14.00

First impressions can make or break your website. Join Francesca to learn how to create engaging web copy which retains site vistors. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart:  How to Take Your Business Online with Kalkidan Legesse (online) Thursday 25th March, 13.00 – 14.00

Kalkidan Legesse (MBA), founder of Sancho’s in Exeter, shares her experience and advice to help you take your business online successfully. Book your free place here.


The following free online webinars are part of the national Business & 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, click on the webinar title, or visit the British Library’s Reset. Restart page 

Reset. Restart: your funding options (online) – Tuesday 23rd February, 13.00 – 15.00

Funding expert Paul Grant (The Funding Game) will help you discover routes to capital that you may not have heard of before, and decide on the best approaches for your business.

Reset. Restart: your marketing (online) – Wednesday 24th February, 15.00 – 17.00

Getting the balance right of marketing effectively without being opportunistic is a tough challenge for entrepreneurs during COVID. This marketing workshop is full of examples of UK entrepreneurs who are beating the odds and winning new customers with innovative marketing strategies.

Reset. Restart: your social and environmental impact (online) – Friday 26th February, 14.00 – 16.00

This workshop covers essential knowledge and methods for ensuring that your impact on the environment and communities is positive and productive, and that you are leveraging this as a business owner.

Reset. Restart: your mindset (introduction to programme) (online) – Monday 1st March, 09.00 – 11.00

Business success starts with your mind. During this session you will get an understanding of how your mind works and how stress manifests itself, while learning simple but powerful techniques to cultivate a positive and productive mental attitude.

Reset. Restart: Precious Nights (online) – Thursday 4th March, 19.00 – 20.30

The PRECIOUS Awards was founded in 2007 to celebrate and applaud the professional and entrepreneurial achievements of women of colour in the UK. PRECIOUS Nights is a monthly event that gives you the opportunity to hear previous winners share the highs, lows and lessons of their business journey, give actionable tips and advice.

Reset. Restart: your customer offer (online) – Tuesday 9th March, 10.00 – 12.00

Your customers or clients want to know the story behind your organisation, what makes it stand out and why they should care. During this session, we’ll use the Story Cube formula to dissect the key questions you need to consider when building the foundations of your brand.

Reset. Restart: your market opportunities (online) – Tuesday 9th March, 14.00 – 16.00

After the uncertainty of the last year, how is business, and the world in general, evolving? Pete Schonbeck will take you through some engaging and surprising statistics and insights that will help your business refresh, re-engage with consumers, and prepare for the new and evolving marketplace.

Reset. Restart: your products and services (online) – Wednesday 10th March, 10.00 – 12.00

This webinar focuses on the importance of asking the critical question of what your customer actually wants or, maybe more importantly, what they need. We will discuss how we frame this question and how to go about solving it.

Reset. Restart: your business model (online) – Wednesday 10th March, 13.00 – 15.00

An understanding of business models will assist you in improving your business delivery, increasing your differentiation and therefore competitiveness. This workshop will introduce you to a visual tool, the Business Model Canvas (BMC), which is designed to help create practical, flexible, and deliverable business models, as well as encouraging creativity and team engagement.

Reset. Restart: your digital productivity (online) – Friday 12th March, 10.00 – 12.00

This webinar aims to improve your productivity as a business owner using a range of free and low-cost tools and tech.

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!