A survey was recently carried out on behalf of the Business & IP Centre Newcastle by Adroit Economics Ltd. (external link) to evaluate how the Centre has performed and to access the impact the Centre has had.
The survey covers the period September 2011 to May 2013 and the results are very encouraging. Below is a PDF of the summary of the report and a full version of the report is available on request.
Business & IP Centre Newcastle Evaluation Summary (PDF, 341KB)
The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is designed to support entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business.
We are the first regional centre based on the British Library’s model and have been running since September 2011 helping a range of people with their particular needs.
The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is a partnership between Newcastle City Council, British Library, Newcastle Science City and Northumbria University; it is also part of the Business & IP Centre network, supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing access to a comprehensive collection of business information, intellectual property support, workshops, 1 to 1 advice and mentoring opportunities.
A collaboration between the British Library and six Core City Libraries in England (Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield), the Business & IP Centre network aims to open up business resources to communities throughout the country, and is supported by the Intellectual Property Office, DCLG and Arts Council through direct funding and via the Enterprising Libraries project.
Enterprising Libraries will draw on the Business & IP Centre Newcastle’s role as a community hub to spark local economic growth and improve social mobility in local communities across the North East, embedding the library as a trusted centre of business support and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for people of all backgrounds.
Anyone can use The Business & IP Centre Newcastle and Newcastle City Libraries, all you need is a membership card.
The Centre offers free access to a comprehensive collection of business and intellectual property databases and publications, including general start-up advice, information on funding sources, market research, company data, business news and information on patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright.
Through a series of events, workshops and one to one coaching sessions, experts share their knowledge of business development and intellectual property all underpinned by high quality resources and staff support at the City Library.
This project is part financed by the Competitiveness and Employment European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.