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

A range of One-to-One appointments

Introduction to the Businesses & IP Centre and IP Health check appointment

This is a 25 minute session with Devon Business & IP Centre. The appointee will also be offered a free 25 minute telephone session with Stephens Scown Intellectual Property team at a mutually convenient time.

The introduction to the centre appointments are useful for finding out about resources available in the centre which can help your business and initial advice on how to protect your business ideas, intellectual property.

It may be appropriate to ask us to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement at the beginning of the appointment before discussing confidential information.

Thank you for a very focused and interesting session, it was most useful. The internet is brilliant, but overwhelming if you don’t know where to look, so to discover that the information I need can be found in a few specific sites was invaluable.

I was interested to learn about the  issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property too, I know I’ve got such a lot to learn, but at least feel like I know where the beginning of the path is now.

Liz, Barnstaple

Introduction to the Business & IP Centre at Exeter Library

This is a 30 minute appointment with an Exeter Library Customer Service Assistant, who will talk you through the business resources we have available to you at Exeter Library.

This will include a brief session showing you how to access and use our online services, COBRA and IBISWorld.

You will be provided with information to take away with you detailing all the relevant professional organisations best suited to assist you with all aspects of your business.

So whether you are in the early stages and have just an idea, you are ready to start your own business, or already run a business and are looking to grow, we will have access to all the information you will need to help you succeed.

Book an Appointment

Appointments are available any time the library is open.  To book an appointment, please email, and provide us with the time/date you would like your appointment, giving at least 48 hours notice.  We will confirm your appointment by email.  Please note that we will endeavour to accommodate your preferred time/date.  However, if this is not possible, we will offer suitable alternatives.

Business Advice Clinic with Cartridges Business Hub at Exeter Library

Please note that due to the current restrictions regarding Covid-19, these sessions are temporarily suspended.

Second Wednesday of every month, 12.00 – 14.00

Get advice on starting, growing or developing your business idea from a range of expert business advisors. Cartridges Business Hub gives you access to free initial business advice and signposting to a range of vetted and trusted expert business advisors on a range of subjects.

Currently, we have representatives from the legal and financial sector offering advise and support at these sessions.  You can either drop in at any time or book a session here

For more information visit Cartridges‘ website.


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!