We have a year-round programme of free events including:

  • One-to-one advice sessions
  • Talks
  • Networking events
  • Webinars
  • Workshops

Here is a selection of our events: to see all our current events and book your place, visit our Eventbrite page.

Self-employment introductory sessions

MENTA Business are running a new fully funded programme, ‘Enabling Self-Employment’, to support anyone looking to start a business or become self-employed in Norfolk.

The programme offers up to six hours of one-to-one support as well as workshops to help with business planning, marketing, bookkeeping, sales, funding and much more.

If you would like to find out more about the programme, we will be holding introductory sessions at our BIPC Locals and regional hub throughout September. A MENTA advisor will be on hand with further programme information, alongside a BIPC Coordinator who will explain how our services can complement the programme.

Sessions are at libraries in:

One-to-one advice

We’ve teamed up with some great organisations to offer free advice sessions on business growth, starting your business, accounting and commercial legal topics.

Those involved include New Anglia Growth Hub, NWES, Larking Gowen, Leathes Prior Solicitors, Hansells Solicitors and Fraser Dawbarns.

One-to-one intellectual property guidance

Specially trained staff from BIPC Norfolk can give you free, confidential one-to-one guidance on a range of IP topics up to, but not including, legal advice.

For legal advice, we also offer free sessions with a Birketts LLP Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

Spotlight workshops

These are usually held on Wednesdays. The one-hour workshops cover a wide range of business topics including:

  • An introduction to BIPC Norfolk’s service
  • Protecting your ideas
  • Business planning

Women in Business: One-to-one mentoring and networking

We’re collaborating with NatWest to provide female entrepreneurs with more access to expert start-up support. Women in Business is a series of free online or face-to-face one-to-ones and networking sessions led by NatWest Local Enterprise Manager Andy Gray.

Women in Business one-to-ones will be taking a break from May and will resume in the autumn. Networking sessions at the Millennium Library will continue - keep an eye on our Eventbrite page for dates.

From Craft to Career: Create a business from what you love

As part of Norfolk Makers Festival (March 9-20, 2022), BIPC Norfolk and The Forum Trust brought together panellists to share tips for establishing successful enterprises out of the creative skills you have and crafts you love.

Our panellists:

Haychley Webb - a self-employed printmaker based in Norwich, running her business Stellabox Designs.

Jennifer Monahan - a natural dyer, knitter and producer of Norfolk Horn yarns, running her business Fibreworkshop.

Pat Southwood - a ceramics artist with a workshop and studio Cossey’s Yard next to Salhouse Broad, Norfolk.

Tim Cooke - a management and business coach with MENTA, which offers business support for start-ups in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Will Taitt - Business innovation Manager at Norwich University of the Arts, he guides and advises creative graduates.

If you were unable to attend or would like to see it again, watch the recording where you can hear from our panellists on how they set up their businesses and what they have learned along the way.

Start-up Day

You may be starting out, need advice on sales in the current climate, or are ready to take the next step. If so, the annual Start-up Day event, hosted by the British Library Business & IP Centre, is for you.

This day of free business support, usually held in the autumn, involves inspirational talks and business advice. In 2021, Start-up Day was held on Thursday 11 November. If you missed some of the talks or want to watch them again, you can catch up on the BIPCTV player.

Talks include:

  • Sustainability trends
  • Developing a sustainable brand
  • Hearing from sustainable businesses
  • A whistle-stop tour of the history of ‘responsible’ business.

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