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.

Reset. Restart: Business Planning with Angie Taffs (online) – Tuesday 19th January, 14.00 – 15.00

Got a business idea but need a concrete plan? Using the Business Model Canvas, we look at the key areas to be considered and planned in order to build an effective business.  Book your free place at here.

Reset. Restart: Pensions are a Girl’s Best Friend with Fiona Bolt (online) – Wednesday 20th January, 13.00 – 14.00

Take control of your finances and feel empowered in securing your future. The workshop offers a high level approach aimed at educating people around the significant changes to Pensions Law over the past few years. Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Your Website is Nonsense! with Nigel Wilkinson (online) – Thursday 21st January, 13.00 – 14.00

Struggling to get your website right and not sure what to do? Learn how to make the best impression and convert website views to customers.  Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Starting a Business – Ten Top Tips with Mick Green (online) – Tuesday 26th January, 13.00 – 14.00

In the majority of cases, start-up success or failure is all about knowing both the how and the why of taking action, and always being clear about which steps to take next. To help this process, Mick will be discussing 10 essential things you need to know about running a successful business.  Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: Sales with James White (online) – Wednesday 27th January, 15.00 – 16.00

This webinar will cover the steps you can take to succeed in sales, convert prospects into buyers and ultimately meet and exceed your sales goals.  Book your free place here.

Reset. Restart: The Regeneration Game with John Pomeroy (online) – Thursday 28th January, 13.00 – 14.00

The last year has brought a lot of change and it can be hard to regenerate your business to keep it growing, and growing sustainably.This small workshop is a chance to discuss your plans with a Business Doctor.  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, visit the British Library’s Reset. Restart page 

Reset. Restart: your finances (online) -Thursday 21st January, 10.00 – 12.00

Undoubtedly one of the hardest things when running a business is getting on top of – and keeping on top of – your finances. This webinar will break down what you need to know and understand into seven key steps.

Reset. Restart: your social and environmental impact (online) – Monday 25th January, 14.00 – 16.00

Whether promoting sustainability through responsible values or learning how to reduce our waste as both consumers and business owners, 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 funding options (online) – Tuesday 26th January, 12.00 – 14.00

Obtaining funding to launch and grow your business has always been one of the greatest challenges for entrepreneurs. In this session, get help to 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 27th January, 15.00 – 17.00

Getting the balance right of marketing effectively without being opportunistic is a tough challenge for entrepreneurs during COVID. This workshop is full of examples of UK entrepreneurs who are beating the odds, winning new customers with innovative marketing strategies, and setting themselves up for future success.
Reset. Restart: your connections (online coffee hour) – Friday 29th January, 12.30 – 13.30

During our new online Coffee Hours you can find time to pause, reflect, plan for the future and make connections with other emerging entrepreneurs on a similar journey during these uncertain times.

Reset. Restart: your mindset (introduction to programme) (online) – Monday 1st February, 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: your customer offer (online) – Tuesday 9th February, 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 February, 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 February, 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 11th February, 10.00 – 12.00

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 February, 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!