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

Due to our libraries being closed because of the Covid-19 virus, we are offering 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
  • Intellectual property

Email: bipc@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Business basics: one-to-one advice

Bookable business basics advice sessions are available at Northampton Central Library, Wellingborough Library and Kettering 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@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

Intellectual property: one-to-one advice

Bookable Intellectual Property advice sessions are available at Northampton Central Library, Wellingborough Library and Kettering Library.

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@northamptonshire.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.

Sessions available at Northampton Central Library with Marie Louise O'Neill, owner of Lovely Evolution:

  • 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

Sessions available for business start-ups at Kettering Library and Wellingborough Library with Trudie Avery, owner of Avery Creative.

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

Email: bipc@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

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.

Please note that these sessions are held at Northampton Central Library only.

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

Email: bipc@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447

Ask an expert: Business Finance for start-ups and new businesses

Book a free one-to-one session with Jacquie Impey of Absolute Business Consulting.

Jacquie can advise on:

  • Looking for finance, £1,000 plus
  • Finance and borrowing options
  • Financial forecasting - including budgets, cash flow and profit and loss
  • Future planning your business

Please note that these sessions are held at Kettering Library only.

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

Email: bipc@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Telephone: 01604 361447