British Library Business and IP Centre

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the British Library's Business & IP Centre national network.

Photo of David Willetts David Willetts Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The Intellectual Property Office worked with the British Library Business and IP Centre (BIPC) to develop a national blueprint that other libraries can use to develop a business and IP service in key UK cities. A programme to initially embed the blueprint into Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield was launched in July 2013. It is too early to provide impact data for the whole network, but data for the BIPC London and BIPC Newcastle, based on user feedback, shows that:

Almost 50% of users increased their awareness of the importance of intellectual property

Over 40% were helped to develop their ideas

Over 40% were able to understand their customers and markets better

Almost a third acquired new skills through workshops

Close to a quarter were helped to write their business plan

Over 20% were helped to protect and exploit their novel ideas/designs

In total the two centres helped to create approximately 2,800 businesses and have further created approximately 3,500 additional jobs in new and existing businesses.

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