A new centre opens at Library @ the Lightbox to support local entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses

On Friday 18 February, BIPC South Yorkshire has opened its new centre at Library @ the Lightbox.

BIPC South Yorkshire supports entrepreneurs, inventors, and small businesses from the first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. The hub centre was first opened in Sheffield Central Library in 2015. Within the first three years, it helped create almost 400 businesses, 320 additional jobs and generated £2.8m gross added value for the region. 

Sophie Heaton, Business Engagement and Marketing Manager at BIPC South Yorkshire, said: “We’re on a mission to ensure libraries, as the heart of the community, are a core part of the business support offering across South Yorkshire.

“We’re passionate about supporting both new and existing businesses to gain the background knowledge and information they need before getting going on their new business venture.

“After months of hard work, we’re excited to be opening our new BIPC Local in Barnsley’s Library @ the Lightbox.

“We now offer our services to a much wider audience across the region and can’t wait to see how we can help support the region and the economy thrive.”

Each Business and Intellectual Property Centre is equipped with a core set of resources. It has a £5m worth of up-to-date market research and business databases, which are brought to life by a tailored and highly individual programme of events, workshops, and one-to-ones, delivered in collaboration with local business leaders, role model entrepreneurs and community partners. So whether you are just starting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or are ready to take the next step in your journey, the new centre is here to help.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “This is a fantastic addition to Library @ the Lightbox, and we are happy to be working with Sheffield Libraries and the British Library to bring this centre to our local entrepreneurs and developing businesses.

“We believe that with the already existing support from the Enterprising Barnsley, this will be another great service helping to start and develop more businesses and create additional jobs in our borough.”

BIPC South Yorkshire is currently working towards expanding the service to the rest of South Yorkshire.

To find out more information, please visit bipcsouthyorkshire.co.uk or get in touch via email at bipcsheffield@sheffield.gov.uk.

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