The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is a source of information and advice for inventors, start-up businesses, and existing businesses in the North-East. The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is based at Newcastle City Library; here, our in-house IP experts, business support partners, and extensive resources will help you and your business flourish.

No matter how advanced your idea is, and no matter in which sector you operate, we have a highly-skilled network of partners who will help your business grow; and our collection of hard-copy materials and online databases can help you develop new products and services, explore new markets, or help you find premises from which to launch or grow your business.

Contact us to make an appointment, or visit the Centre for advice and guidance about:

  • Intellectual property: how do patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright affect businesses, and how can you use them more effectively?
  • Start-up business advice: Get one-to-one advice from an expert; attend skill-building workshops; and learn where to get funds for your business;
  • Business support: get one-to-one support from Marketing and Branding Advisers, Chartered Accountants, and other Experts in Residence; attend training workshops and events; network with other business owners;
  • Business databases: get market research and trends, company data, and business news from online databases like COBRA, Key Note, and Avention.

Recruitment and training support is available from our partner, Generation North-East www.generationnortheast.com Tel: 0191 230 0491.


The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is a partnership between Newcastle City Council and the British Library. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

The Business & IP Centre Newcastle is based on the British Library’s own Business & IP Centre. When we opened in September 2011 we were the country’s first regional Business & IP Centre. Due to our success, the British Library now works with library authorities in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Exeter and Northampton. Collectively, these Business & IP Centres provide nationwide support and advice to communities and businesses.

The Business & IP Centre network is supported by Enterprising Libraries, with funding from the Intellectual Property Office, DCLG and the Arts Council. The network is part-financed by the Competitiveness and Employment European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.