Business support - advice

​We offer a wide range of one-to-one sessions for anyone who is considering self employment, and new start-ups.

One-to-one advice sessions

Zoom business basics one-to-one advice

We offer Zoom video calls to provide help and information to businesses in Northamptonshire on taking the first steps to self-employment, including:

  • Business basics
  • Business planning
  • Library databases that can assist with market research

Email: bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Business basics: one-to-one advice in person

Bookable business basics advice sessions are available at Northampton Central Library, Wellingborough LibraryTowcester Library and Brixworth Library.

Speak to advisors for help and information on taking the first steps to self-employment, including information about library databases that can assist with market research.

To book an appointment please contact the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire:

Email: bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

Intellectual property: one-to-one advice

Bookable Intellectual Property advice sessions are available at Northampton Central Library, Wellingborough Library, Towcester Library and Brixworth Library or via Zoom video calls. 

Speak to advisors for help and information on your intellectual property questions.

To book an appointment please contact the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire:

Email: bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

Ask an expert: How to make your business branding stand out in a crowded market place

Book a free one-to-one session for advice on how to attract the right clients or customers to your business through your branding and design.

The sessions, which will be Zoom video calls, will be with either Marie Louise O'Neill, owner of Lovely Evolution or with Trudie Avery, owner of Avery Creative:

  • for small businesses and business start-ups
  • for established businesses who have been trading for two years or more, covering the evolution of your brand communications as your business grows and develops

For further information and to book an appointment please contact the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire:​

Email: bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

Please note that prompt attendance at meetings is essential: there will be a ten minute cut off from the scheduled meeting time start for all attendees.

Ask an expert: Innovator in residence

For expert advice regarding protecting your invention, developing a business plan, securing funding, and setting up a business to commercialise your intellectual property or licensing to a third party. Meet with our Inventor in Residence, John Pearson. John is highly experienced in the process of taking an invention from idea to finished product.

The sessions are held via Zoom video calls only

For further information and to book an appointment please contact the Business & IP Centre Northamptonshire:​

Email: bipc@westnorthants.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

Please note that prompt attendance at meetings is essential: there will be a ten minute cut off from the scheduled meeting time start for all attendees.