one to one free expert advice

If you need specific guidance on an aspect of your business, or want to chat through your idea, you can book a free 1-to-1 session with one of our Business Experts 

Meet the Experts here to help you...


Alison Jobson

Alison is a Chartered Marketer and a no-fluff marketing consultant. Her approach is straightforward, plain-speaking and honest. In 2010 she

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Business Development

Angie Taffs

Angie Taffs is a SFEDI qualified business advisor who works to support the start-up and growth of small businesses. She

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Social Enterprise

Chris Gunson

Chris is Co-founder and Director of Local Spark: Torbay Community Supported Enterprise CIC. Local Spark works with members of all

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Digital Education

Claire Collis

Claire Collis is a digital education specialist, teacher and writer who works with entrepreneurs and small business owners, supporting them

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Clare Palmer

Clare Palmer – Award-winning coach and founder of Clarity Coaching by Clare Palmer Clare had a highly successful and accredited

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Gabi Glover

Public Speaking Trainer. Confidence Coach. Growth and Development Consultant  Gabi Glover has been helping business owners, start-ups, SMEs and freelancers

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James Court
Business Growth

James Court

In his role at NatWest, James works with many local organisations to champion the potential of businesses, and support entrepreneurs

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James White

James White is the Small Business Sales Expert. He is a keynote speaker, author, trainer and mentor for sales professionals

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Joshua Rees

Josh is the Director of Bristol Community Development Finance (BCDF), a professional services firm specialising in commercial finance solutions for

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Social Enterprise

Kalkidan Legesse

Kalkidan Legesse (MBA) is a social entrepreneur who works to deliver scaling businesses that are environmentally sound and socially inclusive.

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Lauren Lepley-Caldon
Business Triage

Lauren Lepley-Caldon

Lauren Lepley-Caldon is a Life and Business Executive Coach, primarily working with purpose-led businesses. Rooted in her passion for educating others in

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Liz Pendleton

‘LingoLiz’ founded Lingo Design in 2005 after her hobby-website building became more enjoyable than the ‘real job’ – which at

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Nigel Wilkinson

As founder and Director of the Nican Group, I support our clients by advising them on Digital Marketing, website and

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Peter Totterdill

Peter has helped a wide range of companies, charities and public sector organisations to achieve successful and sustainable change, enhancing

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Intellectual Property

Rachel Oakes

Rachel Oakes is the Information Specialist in the Business & IP Centre. Her role involves answering enquiries, running workshops and 1-to-1s

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Business Development

Richard Love

Richard has a history of founding start-ups across several fields, from Alcohol to publishing, Renewables to Arts and Crafts. He’s

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Siobhán Lavelle

Siobhán is a PR and marketing communications consultant.  With nearly 30 years experience, she works with clients to develop marketing communications

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Stacey Sheppard

Stacey Sheppard is a freelance writer and multi-award-winning interior design blogger. She started her blog, The Design Sheppard, in 2009

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Tanya Rodgers

Tanya is a small business branding specialist. Her business, Me & Spirit Design Studio helps women-led creative businesses craft purposeful

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how to register for a FREE one-to-one


Check out the list of expert 1-to-1 sessions available on our Eventbrite page.

All sessions are currently taking place remotely via Zoom or telephone call. 

Use ‘Select a date’ to pick a time that suits you. If none of the times work for you, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to work with our Experts to find a suitable alternative. 


Register for your ‘ticket’ to the FREE event.

You will be asked to provide some basic contact details. Once you have registered via Eventbrite, we will email you to request further information about you and your business idea.

When you’ve replied to this email, we’ll be able to confirm your booking, and our expert will contact you with details of how to access the meeting.


This meeting will be delivered remotely.

If you have any additional requirements which will help you to access a
1-to-1 session, please let us know and we’ll do our best to help.

All 1-to-1 sessions are free to access.

Please note that due to demand, only Devon-based businesses are eligible to book 1-to-1s and there is a limit of one booking per business, per expert.

If you would like to book additional follow-up appointments with an Expert, you are able to go ahead and arrange this on their own terms (this may include payment at the Expert’s usual rate).


If you have any additional requirements which will help you to access a 1-to-1 session, please let us know and we'll do our best to help.

Introduction to the Business & IP Centre

A virtual one-to-one meeting to help you discover information and support for your business through Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries.

In this individual meeting, learn about the services and resources available to support your small business or start-up, through Business & IP Centre Devon.

Whether you’re wanting an overview of what we can offer, or would like to look in more detail at some of our resources, we’ll do what we can to help! We can help with start-up guides and factsheets, market research, company information, emerging markets information, finding funding, British Standards, keeping up-to-date and so much more.

IP Information Appointment

A virtual one-to-one meeting to help you better understand how you can protect and use the IP in your business.

Intellectual Property (IP) consists of four main areas: copyright, trademarks, patents and registered designs. Knowing and understanding your IP rights can help you to ensure that you are safeguarding your creativity effectively, and reduce the chances of problems further down the line.

In this session, our BIPC Devon staff will help you identify the IP in your business, and consider options for protecting it. We can give you an overview of the IP system in the UK, information on how to apply for the different rights, and help with basic searches.

Please note: We are NOT able to provide legal advice. We can, however, provide information and signposting, to help you better understand how you can protect and use the IP in your business.


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.

Liz, Barnstaple
I’ve accessed several of the BIPC Devon services over the past year and have found them to be invaluable sources of information each time.

The staff have always been kind, professional and helpful, even when I haven’t really known exactly what I am looking/asking for. I’d recommend them as the perfect place to start if you are even considering something IP related within your business, or if you have never even considered IP and your business.
Excellent! So valuable and down-to-earth.

I have been so impressed and relieved to have found BIPC...especially during the (sometimes daunting) period of setting up my own business.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The free resources and tools that BIPC Devon are able to offer are fantastic and can really help any business of any size.

Being able to access.... the support is an incredible opportunity that all budding entrepreneurs should seize.
Can I just say these courses are such a huge help, thank you to everyone who is involved with running them.

It’s great to feel that there is support out there to start on this epic business journey in such a time of chaos, so thank you all once again.
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