I have an idea for a business but don’t know where to start – can you help?

Yes, Exeter Library’s Business and Information Champions can signpost you to reliable databases, workshops and seminars in the library to help you transofrm your  entrepreneurial ideas into a viable business proposition.

Visit the library to find out more and have a chat with friendly staff about your next step or email the library to make an appointment with a Business and Information Champion.

Do you run business workshops and seminars in the library?

Exeter Library’s Business and Information Hub has an ongoing programme of events, including workshops, seminars and webinars led by experts in the field of business and innovation. Keep up to date with the latest library events here >

What business databases does the library subscribe to?

Exeter Library’s Business and Information hub has a range of resources to help you start and run your business. This includes a range of the most recent business publications on topics from Start Ups to dealing with HR issues, copies of the British Library’s Industry Information Guides, and factsheets from the Intellectual Property Office.

Devon Libraries also offer a range of FREE online resources to support businesses. Some are available from the comfort of your own home and others in Exeter Library itself, where friendly, knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you through how to find the best information for you and your business. These include COBRA (an online business information resource that contains over a thousandsmall business factsheets, guides and sector-specific reports) and Mint (quality information covering companies, news, directors and market research).

How do I get funding to start my business?

Exeter Library has subscriptions to online databases that can give you advice on funding your business idea. The Business and Information Hub also stocks specialist books on all funding options, from grants to loans, and how to apply for these.

Exeter Library’s programme of events may also feature seminars and workshops that offer help and advice on funding.

I’d like to create a business plan – where do I start?

Exeter Library has many resources to help you create a Business Plan. Our Business and Information Champions will be happy to point you in the right direction.

To get started, take a look at Gov.uk’s Business Plan Template.

Local solicitors Kitsons provide a free legal surgery on the third Wedenesday of every month in the library, between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Kitsons offer 30 minute, no obligation consultations on a variety of issues. Visit the library on the day, or to avoid disappoitment, make an appointment by calling Charlie Siegle at Kitsons on 01392 455555.

Exeter Library’s Business and Information Champions can give information about protecting your IP. Visit today or make an appointment to see them by emailing exeter.library@devon.gov.uk.

The Intellectual Property Office website has advice and guidance about getting the right type of protection for your idea or business.