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New Devon businesses which have sprung up during lockdown are being given free Government-funded expert help to take them to the next level from the Business and IP Centre Devon and Libraries Unlimited.

The Business and Intellectual Property Centre in Exeter (BIPC) is staging a free 13-week ‘Bedroom to Business’ webinar course aimed at start-up entrepreneurs which are ready to expand. Entrepreneurs can watch all of the webinars on the BIPC website. There is also still the opportunity to join the live course, currently running until December.

Since November 2020, when BIPC in Devon launched its online offering after the first lockdown, it’s helped 447 businesses. A further 58 people have also come through the doors for one-to-one meetings since the library buildings in Exeter, Paignton and Barnstaple reopened.

BIPC Devon is one of 15 regional centres around the country funded by the Government to help entrepreneurs, inventors, start-ups and small-medium businesses who want to learn and grow. BIPC Devon provides free access to information and resources online and in person at Exeter, Barnstaple and Paignton Library.

Entrepreneur Clare Collis said: “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 or asking for.”

The free 13 week ‘Business to Bedroom’ course will be led by author, mentor, trainer and founder of the Small Business Sales Academy James White.

The course will run online every Wednesday and will also be uploaded to the BIPC website https://bipc.librariesunlimited.org.uk/ to watch again. There will also be additional webinars and workshops alongside this training, almost every day. The content will cover everything from negative self-talk, goal setting and time management, to intellectual property, sales, marketing, Facebook groups and accounting basics.

The course, like everything from the BIPC, is absolutely free and started on Wednesday 8 September. And if you can’t attend, you can watch all of the webinars on the BIPC website.

For more information and to book go to https://bipc.librariesunlimited.org.uk/