What’s on offer?

Provides support to business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors.

At the Centre you can access a comprehensive collection of online databases and publications which can be used to research trademarks, patents, registered designs, copyright and other intellectual property (IP) issues

In the Business and IP Centre you can find a range of resources and information to help you start and run your business. This includes the Economist, Investors Chronicle and the Financial Times, and publications on topics from start-ups to dealing with HR issues. There are copies of the British Library’s Industry Information Guides and factsheets from the Intellectual Property Office.

The Business and IP Centre also offers a range of FREE online resources to support businesses. Some of the resources can be accessed from home or from the work place with your library card and others are available through public computers in Exeter Library.

 COBRA (Complete Online Business Reference Adviser)

COBRA is an online business information resource that contains over a thousand small business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports. Available from any Libraries Unlimited library and to registered library members at home.


IBISWorld is an online market research tool, providing comprehensive, independent and current market research. A team of expert analysts research economic, demographic and government data, to provide insights into UK industries and their key business environment indicators, so you can make better business decisions, faster.

IBISWorld is available at Exeter and Barnstaple libraries and can be accessed from the public computers, or on your own device via our free wi-fi.

The Centre also deliver a range of workshops, presentations and master classes for start-ups, entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

To find out more about the one to one sessions available at the centre, CLICK HERE


Who’s it for?

New and established businesses

Contact information

T: 01392 384218

E: bipc@librariesunlimited.org.uk

W: https://bipc.librariesunlimited.org.uk/

Can’t find the support service you are looking for?

If you would like to talk to one of our advisers about your business support needs so that we can match you to the most appropriate support available locally contact the Growth Hub today.

03456 047 047


Below are events associated to the Business & Intellectual Property Centre (Exeter and Barnstaple Library) Business Support Programme that you may find useful.