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 14:00 and 15:00, the Business and Intellectual Property 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 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.

Please note that in these uncertain times, the following workshops are subject to change:

How to Beat Eight Common Sales Fears with James White (online event) Wednesday 17th June 10:30 – 11:30

Introduction to Intellectual Property with Stephens Scown Solicitors (online event) Wednesday 24th June 10:30 – 11:15

Pivoting to Digital (online event) Wednesday 24th June 11:30 – 12:15

5 Ways to make great marketing videos on any budget (Exeter) Thursday 15th October 17:30 – 18:30

Lloyds Bank Digital KnowHow: Facebook and Instagram Advertising (Barnstaple) Thursday 8th October 9:00 – 12:30  Please note: this event is bookable via the Lloyds Bank Eventbrite page.  Book here



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!