Information clinics

Our staff provide free hour-long advice sessions to talk through your ideas in confidence, helping you to develop your business ideas and business plan.

Who is it for? 

Anyone with a definite idea of what your business or product will be, and wish to find information and advisory services that will enable you to progress your idea and take it to market. This is a service for early-stage businesses only.   

Book a business session



Book an intellectual property session

If you can't book a date

You can get help from our business and IP experts at our enquiry desk in the Centre. We are open Monday to Thursday (09.30 - 20.00), Friday and Saturday (09.30 - 17.00). They can help you to find the information you need for your business idea. You just need a free reader pass.

You can also book an Ask an Expert session with experts who give a few hours of their time each month to advise entrepreneurs, SMEs and inventors on their businesses.

Who are our experts?

Mark Sheahan

For expert advice on everything from protecting your idea, licensing it to others or designing and manufacturing the product yourself. Meet with our Inventor in Residence, Mark Sheahan. 

Mark is highly experienced in the process of taking an invention from idea to finished product. Complete the Ask an Expert application form to meet with Mark.



Lucidica has 15 experts and have helped over 1,000 small and medium businesses solve their IT problems. They work to the philosophy of fun, friendly and reliable IT support. Apply for one-to-one tailored support with an expert who can advise you on the right digital solutions for your business.

Lucidica Ask an Expert application form


About Expert Impact

Expert Impact aim to match entrepreneurs with some of today's business leaders in order to share knowledge, guidance and growth within their target sectors. They offer free sessions with some of the UK's top entrepreneurs. Find out more here.


Alasdair Inglis

Alasdair runs the marketing consultancy Grow and has worked with over 150 entrepreneurs grow their business through better marketing. His practical marketing workshops have been attended by over 3,000 entrepreneurs from around the world. Alasdair will advise you on digital marketing, SEO, Google pay Per Click advertising, sales strategy, website copy and everything marketing and sales related.

Meet with our marketer in residence, Alasdair Inglis by completing this application form

What other options are there? 

There may be alternative services which would more suitable for you. To talk about the viability of your business plans with an experienced entrepreneur, you can apply for a session with one of our business planning partners. 

You can also attend one of our workshops or events in the Business & IP Centre for help on specific business areas, on everything from marketing to intellectual property.

If you are an established business looking to grow, applying for our Innovating for Growth programme may be more appropriate.   

If you are an established business looking to grow, our Innovating for Growth programme may be more appropriate.    
If you are an established business looking to grow, our Innovating for Growth programme may be more appropriate.