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New Chapter for Business Support in Darlington

BIPC Local Opens at Cockerton Library, Darlington.

An image from the opening of BIPC Local at Cockerton Library showing three people cutting a ribbon.

An image from the opening of BIPC Local at Cockerton Library showing three people cutting a ribbon.

Entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their business can now access free one-to-one support through their local library.

The Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Tees Valley has officially opened its doors at Cockerton Library. The service will support entrepreneurs as they start and grow their business thanks to free one-to-one support and access to industry leading business resources.

Cockerton Library is the latest location in our region to deliver BIPC services, with other BIPC hubs opening in Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Redcar.

The BIPC will help people from all walks of life to start and grow a small business with free business databases, market research, confidential 1-1 support, advice clinics and workshops.

Paul Swalwell, business engagement and marketing manager for BIPC Tees Valley, said: "We are delighted to officially open the BIPC Local here at Cockerton Library.

"We know that libraries are at the heart of our communities, and we are proud to be working with the British Library, the Intellectual Property Office and Darlington Borough Council to deliver this project.

"The BIPC has a fantastic track record of supporting entrepreneurs and businesses and we are really excited to already be working with some of the wonderful businesses that are based within the borough."

Councillor Andy Keir, the council's deputy leader, was on hand to officially declare the centre open. He said: "The BIPC is a great new addition to our library services and I will watch with interest the innovative businesses that are created and supported by BIPC.

"Work is now well underway on refurbishing our main library in Crown Street and we're continually looking at ways we can improve and enhance our libraries offer to ensure it is a place where people can learn, broaden their experience and enjoy their time here."

The BIPC Tees Valley is one of 22 centres across a national network and has helped support hundreds of individuals from across the region since opening its doors last year.

To find out more about how the BIPC can support you and your business, please call 01642 528 186 to chat to one of the team.

Photo: , Cllr Andy Keir, pictured with BIPC's Maria Lannon (left) and Darlington Library's Laura Pattison (right)