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Overview of the year’s main achievements

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Business & IP Centre activities

  • The Business & IP Centre generated a net present value of £11.3 million to the UK small business sector, according to an independent report for the British Library and the London Development Agency.
  • As part of its ongoing web 2.0 strategy to engage and inspire entrepreneurs, the Centre launched a new interactive website – – giving access to its own YouTube channel, social networking forums, blogs and webcasts.
  • Lord SugarThe Centre launched and hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009, contributing a week of seminars, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions. Key events included In Conversation with Lord Sugar and Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Evening with leading female entrepreneurs including Linda Bennett, Julie Meyer and Rachel Elnaugh.
  • The inaugural Management Book of the Year competition was launched in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), in a nationwide search to find the UK’s best management books.

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