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


The Business and Intellectual Property 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 13:30 and 15:00, the Business and Intellectual Property Centre at Barnstaple offers free one-to-one sessions with a trained business champion.  Please note: Exeter BIPC is currently amending its programme, please contact them for further details. 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 and IP Centre in Exeter offer an ‘Introduction to the Business and 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.

Business & IP Centre appointment (Barnstaple) – various, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Cyber Crime Awareness (Exeter) Thursday 21st March – 17:30 – 18:30

An Introduction to Business Planning (Barnstaple) Thursday 28th March – 14:00 – 17:00

Building Relationships with Online Video (Exeter) 9th April – 17:00 – 18:30

Turning a Hobby into a Business (Barnstaple) Friday 17th May – 14:00 – 16:00

How to use IBISWorld Market Research (Exeter) 23rd May – 17:30 – 18:30

Introduction to Intellectual Property (Exeter) 4th June – 17:30 – 18:30


Exeter Library are also excited to be screening two ‘Preparing for Brexitwebinars.

These webinars are part of a ‘Preparing for Brexit’ series delivered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, designed to help businesses to ready themselves for the UK leaving the EU.

Monday 11th March: 11am – 12pm, Meeting Room 1, Exeter Library

This webinar will cover Employing EU Citizens, Business Mobility and Recognition of Qualifications

Timings: 40 mins presentations, 20 mins Q&A

Thursday 14th March: 11am – 12pm, Meeting Room 1, Exeter Library

This webinar will cover mobile roaming  and providing services online

Timings: 30 mins presentations, 15 mins for Q&A (this one might not need to take a full hour)


Please note: These screenings are offered on a ‘drop-in’ basis, so booking is not required.



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.
  • Access to online databases; COBRA the Complete Online Business Reference advisor and Mintel market intelligence to help you research & inform your business plans.
  • 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!