Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Local

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Join the growing business community in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Council are investing in a new enterprise hub to benefit businesses at any stage of their development, from early start-ups to established ventures. The hub will strategically partner with the British Library to become London’s first local Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC).

Our BIPC will help local founders to be innovative while offering tailored advice, events and workshops, and linking you to other support in the borough.

Below is a table with our current offer. All activities delivered through our BIPC are provided free of charge to local businesses.

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What it covers

Who runs it

Who it’s for

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Start-ups in London Libraries

Intellectual Property (IP) protection, how to choose a legal structure, writing your business model, social media marketing, and much more

Council in partnership with British Library

Start-ups: People with an idea for a business, or with an early start-up registered in the past 12 months

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Innovating for Growth

Scale-up mentoring, specialist support, and expert advice around strategy, planning and much more

British Library

Scale-ups: Businesses with turnover from £100,000 to £30 million (must apply to be considered but the programme is free)

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Our BIPC workshops

Changing topics like mental resilience for founders, group coaching, how to produce a promotional business video, networking, and much more

Council

Everyone: You can sign up to the workshops that suit you

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Our BIPC 121s

Get tailored 121 advice from our brilliant local SME Champion, Jacqueline Brown

Council

Everyone: Please book a slot for a 121 with our SME Champion

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Our BIPC databases

Access world-renowned information through COBRA, IBISWorld, FAME, and Beauhurst

Council

Everyone: BIPC staff can help you to better understand your market

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Our Adult Learning Service

Access to courses in accounting, finance, marketing, start-ups, hiring apprentices, HR and much more

Council

Everyone: Please check individual course requirements

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Our Connecting Communities voluntary sector group Become a part of a network where you can support other voluntary organisations in the borough and promote your own, stay in touch with a community notice board, and access helpful business support events Council Everyone: Our Connecting Communities team are happy to help you get involved and services are provided free of charge to voluntary organisations and businesses Read more

NatWest courses, accelerator, workshops

Access to an Entrepreneur Accelerator for growing businesses, an online Business Builder course, Women in Business network, free planning and growth guidance, and mentoring with Local Enterprise Managers and via the MentorDigital platform

NatWest Group in collaboration with the Council

Everyone: Our local BIPC will run free workshops in collaboration with NatWest. Visit their website for access to their specialised programmes and mentoring

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Not sure where you fit or have a specific question? Please find the most relevant contact on the tab below and get in touch with us, we’re happy to help.

Local BIPC Ambassadors

A small group of local founders have been appointed to act as Local BIPC Ambassadors, to keep the Council informed of challenges facing the local business community. Their feedback will help to shape the methods of delivery and areas of support offered by the Local BIPC.

This dynamic group consists of Nevo Burrell from Nevo Concept, Naila Ahmad from London Cushions, Adrienne and Okan Aslan from Stone Mini Market, Patty and Ali Gurman from Sweet Paper Creations, and Marjorie Price from Price Management Consultancy.

Responding to the community

Our BIPC has an agile delivery model, allowing us to offer prompt support in response to the changing needs in our local business communities. This means we want to hear from YOU about:

  • Practical workshops or courses you’d like us to arrange or signpost you to for your learning purposes
  • Practical workshops or courses you might be able to deliver to upskill other people in our business community

Contact us to share your thoughts on either of the above points.

Business support can feel random or overwhelming at times because there is so much out there to learn. To help make your journey as a business owner a bit clearer, we are introducing an exciting framework called F.O.R.E.S.T. Pathways to enable you to track your progress.

We are seeking to create a F.O.R.E.S.T Pathways Working Group with 10 local businesses to help you use the framework to your utmost advantage and to test it. Please contact us if you’re interested in joining this group.

Business networks

Add your business up to our local Waltham Forest Connected Business Directory to gain better visibility. You can also search for other businesses in the area by industry. Further business networks available can be viewed on our Council webpage.

Additional resources

Our BIPC offer is only one of many groups providing business support in London. To find extra free business advice, please visit our Council webpage here to see a list of recommended providers.

Depending on your enquiry, please visit the relevant webpage by searching on our Council website. There is helpful guidance around licensing (pavement, alcohol, food, etc.), planning permissions, commercial property and co-working spaces for lease, and much more.

Below are our key contacts for the BIPC.

Type of business enquiry

Email

Pre-trading and early stage start-up guidance

startups@walthamforest.gov.uk

Business growth and recovery guidance

business.growth@walthamforest.gov.uk

Grants or funding available to businesses

These will be announced in the business newsletter. Please subscribe to stay informed.