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The Centre celebrated its plans to share the success of our with six patent libraries across the UK. Penny Mordaunt MP hosted the reception at Portcullis House, Westminster on 11 February 2013.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles announced his intention to help fund the project as part of their Enterprising Libraries project over the next two years, in partnership with Arts Council England.

In addition,  to this, Barclays will also be supporting  the roll out of the Library’s ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ events programme across the six cities joining the network over the next year.

The initial plan to roll out of the Business & IP Centre service, which supports SMEs, start-ups, inventors and entrepreneurs, could not have been initiated without the seed-funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in March 2012.

The funding has enabled support work with each of the participating libraries in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield, and focus groups, which demonstrated a strong need for the Library’s business services in these areas.

Newcastle Libraries have already helped over 2,000 local entrepreneurs since opening their pilot Business & IP Centre in September 2011, and they will be launching the Centre as a permanent fixture in Spring this year.

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library said: “With our partner libraries in Newcastle, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield, the British Library has a vision for a national network of innovation and IP support that will boost the entrepreneurial drive and success of the UK. We are delighted to receive this support which will help to make this vision a reality.”

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