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Enterprising Libraries - Hull City Council

The project is funded through ERDF. It forms a partnership which operates between Hull City Council, Goodwin Development Trust ,REGEN and Job Centre Plus. This makes up a three strand project which includes pre-enterprise, start-up and growth. The Enterprise Team are involved with the pre-enterprise aspect of the project, whereas the Goodwin Development Trust is involved with start-up and growth. There is a team of three Start-Up Advisors and three Growth Coaches at the Goodwin site, who clients can be referred to should they want to progress further with their business idea.

We will engage with people who have a business idea and collect background information about them. Once we have established what areas the client needs support in, we can use our resources to provide information on their chosen business and can help look at things such as start up costs, legislation and market trends etc. Should the client want to proceed further with their idea we can then refer them to a Business Advisor at the Goodwin Development Trust who can help create a business plan and provide more in depth business advice.

We also provide advice on protecting your businesses Intellectual Property (see below).


  • Regions: East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Address Hull City Council Central Library Albion Street Kingston upon Hull Fax: 01482 616827 Email: Twitter: @hull_libraries Facebook: HU1 3TF
  • Telephone 01482 223344/616855
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Business and IP Service

Organisation: Enterprising Libraries - Hull City Council

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The Business and IP Centre, Hull – don’t start without it!

Build the confidence and skills to create a successful business through one to one sessions, workshops, webinars, and online resources.

Business and IP Centre Hull provides specialist business information and resources for anyone thinking about self-employment, setting up, or growing a business.  Trained staff can offer practical support to help you develop, protect and grow your business ideas and knowledge.

As a member of PATLIB UK and the national network of Business and IP Centres we also have access to a large network of skills and resources. Use our resources, tools, expertise and contacts to guide you through:

  • Research of your initial idea
  • Reaching new customers
  • Checking out competitors & suppliers
  • Checking whether your IP (Intellectual Property) is protected – copyright, trademarks, designs,  patents
  • Understanding your tax, insurance & licensing requirements

Access the service at Hull Central Library or through any Hull library, as all our libraries are Enterprise Hubs.  Working with the ENRG2project (Enterprising Neighbourhood Renewal & Growth) we offer:

  • One to one business information and support
  • Workshops to help you decide if self-employment is for you, or growing and developing your business
  • Access to specialist business resources and statistical information
  • Information on funding opportunities and business planning
  • Signposting to the relevant agencies for additional support
  • Space to work and meet with others

The following online resources are available:

  • Avention – Information on over 30 million public and private companies.
  • Cobra – Business factsheets and job profiles
  • Mintel – Market research and reports covering a range of industries and sectors
  • British Standards Online – An online standards library giving access to 90,000 standards
  • Mintuk – Businesses searchable by criteria such as size location and industry sector
  • Intellectual Property Office – Information about protecting your invention, creation and products.

Staff are on hand to help you use these online tools if required.

Whatever stage your business is at these resources will prove very useful to you and are well worth a visit to explore what is available.

Contact:  T +44 (0)1482 223344



Twitter      @BIPCHull



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Enterprising Libraries – Help for Business Start up and growing your business

Organisation: Enterprising Libraries - Hull City Council