New library service gives extra insight and resources for Oxfordshire businesses

Budding entrepreneurs can now take advantage of a new service that offers additional free support and resources to help businesses thrive.

In collaboration with the British Library, Oxfordshire County Council’s new Business and Intellectual Property (IP) Centre will be offering both a venue and professional support for starting and growing a business.

Resources include free workshops, access to databases and market research, one to one support with business advisors, digital marketing equipment, training rooms and more.  

The new custom-built business centre was launched on 4 April in the Oxfordshire County Library in the heart of Oxford.

Mark McCree, Oxfordshire County Council’s Service Manager for Libraries and Heritage, said: “Much of what is on offer here, free of charge, would have previously been inaccessible to many people looking to start their businesses – or accessible at a cost.

“By providing free resources and support, we can give people in Oxfordshire an extra hand to make their dreams a reality and help their businesses thrive.”

The centre is part of the British Library's National Network of Business & Intellectual Property Centres, which aim to transform the way ideas grow into successful businesses.

Oxfordshire County Council hopes to open more centres around the county throughout the year.

Learn more about the new centre on the county council’s  website.

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