Business start-up support now on offer in Newton-le-Willows Library
Anyone with a business idea or wanting to develop an existing model can now access a new range of free specialist support services in Newton-le-Willows Library.
Article date: 4 October 2022
The move comes as The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Liverpool (based in Liverpool Central Library) and the British Library announced the roll out of new local BIPCs across the Liverpool City Region to support future entrepreneurs.
The expansion builds on the proven track record of support delivered by BIPC Liverpool, which has helped thousands of people start or grow a small business since its inception six years ago.
Following a £13m government funding pledge towards a major expansion of the British Library's BIPC network, more local libraries have been equipped with dedicated workspaces, business resources and expert support for aspiring business owners - with Newton-le-Willows now joining St Helens Library, based in the World of Glass Museum, which became a BIPC in 2021 and has assisted more than 470 budding entrepreneurs to date.
As part of Newton-le-Willows Library's status as a BIPIC - announced during National Libraries Week - there will also be a programme of events, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions delivered in collaboration with local business leaders, professional advisors, successful entrepreneurs, and community partners.
Speaking at a launch event, Councillor Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Culture and Heritage, said:
"Libraries are a lot more than just books - they're trusted, safe spaces that people can rely on to study, find work, and now in this case - with expertise help - turn an idea into a successful business.
"We're lucky to have in place such a dedicated team of staff who are always willing to go the extra mile to help - and I'd encourage anyone who can make use of our new BIPC to pay us a visit and take the first step on an exciting new journey."
Councillor Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Economy, Business and Skills, added: "BIPCs have proven to be a major success elsewhere - including St Helens Library - so I'm delighted we've now got one here in Newton-le-Willows.
"The idea is to provide support to anyone with a business idea, regardless of their background, to help them thrive and make their dream become a reality.
"St Helens Borough is such a great place to invest, and we have ambitious plans to grow our business base yet further, which will be assisted through initiatives like this."
For more information, call Newton-le-Willows Library on 01744 677885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org