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New Thetford business hub aims to help budding entrepreneurs

17 September 2019

A new Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Hub launched today in Thetford Library.

This follows the success of two centres in Norwich and King’s Lynn which have helped to launch 209 new businesses and create more than 100 jobs since 2017.

The hub will give expert advice on how to start, run and grow a business with one-to-one support, workshops and events with staff and partner organisations.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Cabinet member for Communities and Partnerships at Norfolk County Council said: “Small business owners are a vital part of communities across our county, so I am thrilled to see this hub opening up in Thetford. The success of the centres in Norwich and Kings Lynn have shown that, with the right support, new enterprises can grow into established businesses.”

“I am especially pleased that 67% of those reached by the existing centres have been women who are typically under-represented in the business world.”

Local member Cllr Roy Brame said: "Thetford has a growing business community so I am delighted to see this hub opening to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in our town. The library's central location makes it the perfect home for this initiative so I look forward to seeing the new enterprises that emerge."

Those attending the launch heard from local entrepreneur Sally Lowe about how she set up her Photography business.  There was also experts on hand to offer advice to other budding entrepreneurs with representatives from Natwest and Menta.

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) was first established by the British Library in 2006. This model has subsequently been adopted by other public libraries across the country.

All events hosted at Business and Intellectual Property Centres in Norfolk.

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