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British Library’s Business & IP Centre: Scaling up? Grow with us!

Get Ready for Business Growth is an Arts Council England funded programme designed to help creative businesses that are looking to grow. It is bespoke to each business’ needs and entirely free.
The BIPC’s advisers and external consultants help to continue building businesses, whether that means adjusting to ‘the new normal’ or finding new opportunities to pursue as well as finding ways to be more resilient and adaptable in the face of a changing future.


Since 2012 our scale-up programme has supported 650+ businesses with turnovers from £100,000 to £30 million, with the average being £500,000.


How does it work?


We select 25 high-growth businesses in the creative sector every three months from across England and Scotland to give specialist support and tailored one-to-one advice. The programme will be digitally run and the one-to-one meetings with the consultants are by video conference. It has nine modules, including:


• Getting the growth mindset
• Good governance & building purpose into your organisation
• Refining your business model & growth strategy
• Product & service innovation
• Maximising your intellectual property (IP)
• Building your brand
• Creating a marketing strategy
• Financial planning for growth
• Business and IP research

Why Get Ready for Business Growth?


Businesses might be looking to become more financially resilient, entrepreneurial or implement a new business model. Through one-to-one sessions and workshops, we’ll work with each business to help them fulfil their growth potential. They will also get automatic membership to our Growth Club where they will have the opportunity to network with other high-growth, scale-up business owners and keep in touch with their Relationship Manager. Other benefits of the Growth Club include:


• Quarterly peer-to-peer networking events
• Press and PR opportunities
• Opportunities to speak at our series of Start-up Stars events
• Group mentoring
• Meet the Buyer events
• Complimentary tickets for our series of Inspiring Entrepreneur events

What are the requirements?


Businesses must be based in England or Scotland with a turnover of £100,000 or more and can commit to a minimum of 20 hours over three months.


Eligible businesses must be in the creative sector and fall under one of these categories:


o Advertising and marketing
o Architecture
o Crafts
o Design
o Fashion
o Film, TV, video, radio and photography
o IT, software and computer services
o Publishing
o Museums, galleries and libraries
o Music, performing and visual arts
To find out more, visit bl.uk/grow
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Get Ready for Business Growth Ambassadors: All of the people you will see included in the campaign are businesses who went through our previous scale-up programme, Innovating for Growth and businesses we’ve supported through our National Network of BIPCs across England and Scotland. Example below:

Our programme of free webinars and support sessions is designed to help small businesses overcome obstacles and thrive in the current climate. Open to all business owners, Reset. Restart offers practical, jargon-free training and advice through a free, tailored programme. Attendees also get to meet and network with other like-minded small business owners at similar stages in their entrepreneur journey. Reset. Restart began during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of supporting small businesses to adapt and weather the storm. Even though the set of challenges business owners are facing today have changed, we know that help is just as necessary now as it was then. Now in its second year, we have updated our Reset. Restart programme so that business owners can continue to benefit from trusted advice and support, wherever they are.


Rest. Restart.

How does it work?


Business owners can choose to join one or more of our series of webinars for practical, jargon-free training and advice from marketing to sales, tech to funding. We’re running the webinars monthly, they are free and scheduled for convenient times so that attendees can fit them easily into their busy lives. The topics are listed below:


• New marketing ideas that work
• Running a successful high street business
• Renew your business purpose
• Tech 101: build a website or app for your business
• Streamline your business with digital tech
• The steps to sell with confidence
• How to raise the money you need, now
• Making your social media marketing pay
• Business Model Canvas coaching
• How to attract investment in challenging times
Why Reset. Restart?
Reset. Restart began during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim to support small businesses to adapt and weather the storm. Even though the set of challenges business owners are facing today have changed, we know that help is just as necessary now as it was then.
Other benefits of Reset. Restart include:
• Further support from regional library-based Business & IP Centres
• Time to ask questions at the end of each session
• You’ll also get to meet and network with other like-minded small business owners whatever stage you’re at.


What are the requirements?


Reset. Restart is open to all UK business owners and completely free and online.
To find out more, visit https://www.bl.uk/events/reset-restart