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

A range of One-to-One appointments

Introduction to the Businesses and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre and IP Health check appointment

This is a 25 minute session with Devon Library Business & Intellectual Property 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.

We are currently making some changes to the Exeter sessions. We will update the website shortly with the new arrangements.

Appointments are 4 weekly, on a Tuesdays and Thursdays at Barnstaple between 14:15 and 15:15. Book here.


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

Business Advice Clinic with Cartridges Business Hub at Exeter Library

Second Tuesday of every month, 16.00 – 18.00

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.

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.
  • 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!