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Business support for entrepreneurs with BIPC Lewisham

Lewisham Library card holders will be able to access Business and IP Centre (BIPC) services locally to support their business journey

A new service for local entrepreneurs 

BIPC Lewisham aims to extend the provision of business support in the Borough of Lewisham, by helping aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses to increase their entrepreneurial skills and confidence, as well as providing access to business information and resources. BIPC Lewisham also facilitates a variety of expert led workshops, one-to-ones, and networking events within the local business community. Lewisham Libraries card holders will be able to access the following Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) services locally:

  • Business information and resources e.g. free access to high-quality UK and global market intelligence, customer insights, and company data
  • Intellectual property advice and guidance
  • Free one-to-one support, mentoring and training
  • Topical business networking events
  • Equipment for content creation i.e. green screens, microphones, laptops and Adobe
  • Access to the latest business books and eBooks, digital newspapers, magazines and journals
  • Business databases: COBRA, IBIS World and Grant Finder
  • Conference equipment and room hire 

BIPC Lewisham is brought to you by Lewisham Library and Information Service in partnership with the Economy, Jobs and Partnerships team and The British Library. 

Business Databases

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Advisor)

COBRA contains all the information you need to turn your idea into a business. Access remotely or in any library branch and find more than 4,000 factsheets, market reports, contacts, and sources of funding and support plus hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 types of business. Access through the link above with your library card number and PIN. 

Grant Finder

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national, and international sources of funding. Thousands of funding sources are included such as charitable trusts, societies, research councils, national government, the EU and corporate sponsors. Access at Lewisham Libraries' hubs: Catford Library, The Library at Deptford Lounge, Downham Library and Lewisham Library.

IBIS World

Trusted industry research covering thousands of global industries. Get a quick and intelligent overview of any industry. In every report, you’ll find actionable insights, comprehensive data and in-depth analysis.