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

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

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

Marketing and Advertising in 60 Minutes! (Barnstaple) Tuesday 11th June – 14:00 – 15:00

How to use COBRA – Complete Business Reference Adviser (Exeter) Thursday 25th July – 17.30 – 18.30

Get More out of Social Media with Management Tools (Exeter) – Tuesday 17th September – 17.30 – 18.30




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!