The Business & IP Centre, Worcestershire (BIPC) is now officially open for business.
BIPC is now accessible at six libraries across the county: Bromsgrove, Evesham, Kidderminster, Malvern, Redditch and The Hive in Worcester.
BIPC Worcestershire has been available online throughout the pandemic and has already provided support to over 200 businesses and over 1000 people. Now 6 local BIPCs have launched in 6 libraries, providing free business support services to local businesses and anyone with a new business idea.
Each library has a dedicated BIPC officer who is able to explain how the BIPC team can help businesses.
The library launches gave over 180 attendees a chance to try out the unique set of free online business resources, as well as an opportunity to book a free one to one session, in person or online, with a friendly BIPC Business Advisor.
Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills said: “Business & IP Centre Worcestershire is a fantastic addition to the range of services provided by the County Council to help our local economy to continue to grow and develop. Our library teams have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for anyone thinking of starting a business or wanting to take their business to the next level, to get the help they need. BIPC Worcestershire breaks down barriers for people who have a bright idea for a business but no idea where to start.”
Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Our libraries teams have been working hard to expand the services that our library network offers to their local community, and this is an really great example of that. We’re really hoping that BIPC Worcestershire can continue the success it has had so far to help local businesses either take that first step or figure out what step to take next, and I’m looking forward to seeing the scheme continue to develop after today’s official launch.”