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An introduction to the business and ip centre neil infield - consultants network forum - nov 2010

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  • Here are couple of scenarios I want you to picture in your heads.
    Me to client:
    Why did you decide to start a business with your father?
    Client:
    Well you need to understand that when I was growing up my father was an alcoholic and I had to be the man of the family.
    Now that I have my degree and accountancy qualification and my father has been made redundant, I want to get him back on his feet again.
    Here is another.
    Me to client:
    So what brought you here from Ghana?
    Client:
    My father was a senior civil servant but got the wrong side of those in power and was killed. My 5 brothers and sisters all had to leave the country for our own safety.
    These are both situations I encountered soon after offering one to one business advice clinics the Business & IP Centre.
  • -How many of you here are planning to start or run your own business one day
    -How many know about the BIPC?
    The BL is FREE for anyone to use.
    We have 150 million items and access to electronic information covering the arts and science and most importantly business and intellectual property information.
    Our world class information and expertise supports enterprise and innovation in London and beyond.
    Since 2006 the Business & IP Centre has helped over 35,000 small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.
    Collection is vast – around 150 million items – over 600 kilometres of shelving. It covers every written language.
    3.5 million sound recordings – from the earliest wax cylinder to the latest chart topper4.5 million maps – from 15th century to latest Ordinance Survey digital sheets.7 million manuscripts – from the Magna Carta to Beatles lyrics on the back of an envelope8 million stamps – including a unique Gold Coast: 1883 (May) 1d on 4d magenta13 million books – including the earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra56 million patents58 million newspapers and journals – dating from 1603 to the latest issue of your local paperThrough Legal Deposit we receive 600,000 new items a year – an entitlement that dates back to 1662. In addition we spend some £16 million a year on new acquisitions.
    Some unexpected itemsRecent acquisitions include a box of gunpowder, allegedly left by one… Guy Fawkes
  • Evolving English: One language, many voices
    Growing Knowledge
    Inventing the 21st Century
  • We learnt from our customers that providing access to information was not enough.
    So we had to develop a range of new services.
    The more we added the more were wanted.
    Currently moving from my team giving regular workshops to become accredited business advisors.
  • Information
    The heart of our offering Free business and intellectual property information on UK & Overseas companies, products and markets
    Thousands of printed reports, directories & journals and access to over 40 online databases worth £500,000
    Impartial information experts guiding you to the information you need – in the Centre elsewhere in the British Library and beyond.
    Business & IP Information Advice Clinics
    You can book a 1 hour Information Advice Clinic with one of our experts, who can guide you to the relevant information and discuss your ideas in a confidential setting.
    Example – You have invented a revolutionary new toothbrush
  • Talk about why M.R is important.
    Eg knowing demand for a product/service
    Test business idea. Check existing customer satisfaction.
    Analyse competitors
    Know your market sector, volume, demand.
    Have information for all of the above.
    Good business decisions based on good intelligence, you can minimise risk.
    Perhaps the jewel in our crown within the Business & IP Centre is our collection of 7,000 market research reports which we calculate would cost in the region of £7m to purchase.
    Here is a small selection of our publishers.
    Each has its own specialised area of research.
    Talk about different market sectors, eg retail, research & development etc
  • I consider our collection of 3,500 trade directories to be the Cinderella of our resources. Despite their unexciting name for many business areas they are a unique and unrivalled source of information on suppliers, competitors and potential partners.
  • We have a fully equipped room for interactive workshops
    This is one of the 3 workshop areas within the Business & IP centre.
    British Library staff – how to find and use information – Companies, Markets, Patents, Designs, etc which are FREE
    Partners Subsidised workshops – some FREE
    Writing Business Plans – Business Plan Services
    Social Enterprise – Red Ochre
    Access to Islamic Finance -
    PR for small businesses
    1-to-1 sessions – London Business Support Service
  • Our IT training room allows hands on training on our range of databases.
    You can access our databases for free.
    Hands on search
  • Ask An Expert 1-to-1 sessions with experienced entrepreneurs.
    We now have a fantastic array of experts as you can see:
    Mark Sheahan Are you an inventor with an idea in need of a patent, or in search of the right licensing agreement? Meet with our Inventor in Residence, Mark Sheahan. Mark specialises in easy-open, child-resistant dispensing closures for the packaging industry. 
    Rachel Elnaugh Looking to expand your business but concerned about achieving sustainable growth? Learn from the experiences of Rachel Elnaugh. At 24 Rachel developed the experiences brand Red Letter Days and went on to generate over £100million in turnover.
  • Working with 17 partners to add to our range of activities
    Our partners are vital as they provide training and events which we could not do from our skills base.
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    • 1. An introduction to The Business and IP Centre Neil Infield – Manager Business & IP Centre
    • 2. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library The British Library vision We exist for anyone who wants to do research – for academic, personal or commercial purposes
    • 3. Image from the Lindisfarne Gospels
    • 4. Image from Ramayana
    • 5. Early photographically illustrated books Victorian Britain captured in almost 1,500 early photographic prints, including works by distinguished pioneers of the medium.
    • 6. 'Messiah': autograph composition draft, 'Amen Chorus'. George Frideric Handel, London, 1741
    • 7. Penny Red, British postage stamp, 1858-1879 Britannia on Barbados stamp, c1865
    • 8. Robots used at £26m British Library store http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/w
    • 9. Alice's Adventures Under Ground
    • 10. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library A vital resource for entrepreneurs, innovators and business researchers Get inspiration Protect your ideas Develop your business
    • 11. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library What we don’t do  Incubation (office space, wet labs, etc)  Prototyping  Commercialisation of IP  Start-up funding  Legal advice  Company formation  Patent office applications
    • 12. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library What we have done  Welcomed over 200,000 people through the doors…  …of whom over 25,000 have received direct advice, guidance and training  Delivered over 3,000 workshops and 1:1 advice sessions and established high profile ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ sell-out series of events with role model entrepreneur speakers  Exceeded our LDA targets for delivering business advice and employment support  Successfully reached out to diverse audiences  37% BAME  50% women  4% disabled  Increased our outreach programme to encompass prisons, Jobcentre Plus offices, outplacement agencies, etc  Developed a highly successful partner programme, with complementary skills and relevant networks  Attracted over £8.2 million of in-kind benefits, including sponsorship, pro bono advice and support and press coverage Since opening in March 2006, we have…
    • 13. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Survey said… Base: All setting up/running business and living/working/setting up business in London (155) Q1. What was your reason for using the Business and IP Centre Reading Room today?
    • 14. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Survey said… Base: All setting up/running business and living/working/setting up business in London (155) Q2b Have you used, or do you expect to use any of the following material today?
    • 15. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Online information
    • 16. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Hard copy Market Research  Key Note  Verdict  Mintel  MSI  Datamonitor  Pira International  Leatherhead Food Research  Frost & Sullivan  SportBusiness Group  Publishers Association
    • 17. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Trade & Business Directories  3,500 Directories  Countries, Industries & Trade Associations  Industry specific information  Suppliers of specific products & services
    • 18. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Guides
    • 19. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Download and take home
    • 20. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library A new kind of service for the British Library
    • 21. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Networking
    • 22. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Free and subsidised workshops
    • 23. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Hands on training
    • 24. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library e-learning
    • 25. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Trained Business Advisors
    • 26. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Ask an Expert Mark Sheahan Rachel Elnaugh David Warrilow Uday Thakkar
    • 27. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Inspirational events
    • 28. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Social Media   Our group, the ‘British Library Entrepreneur and SME Network’, has over 2,200 members, 70 discussion topics and 280 wall posts. Facebook group Our BIPCTV YouTube channel showcases films of our previous Inspiring Entrepreneurs events and interviews with our success stories. 150,00+ views. Watch videos on BIPCTV
    • 29. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Social Media   We have nearly 3,000 followers, including a number of influential business experts and successful entrepreneurs. Follow us on Twitter Our group has just under 3,000 members and is growing all the time. Join us on LinkedIn
    • 30. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Social Media   Steve Van Dulken and Neil Infield write two fantastic blogs for the Business & IP Centre covering intellectual property, patents and business-related issues. The blogs have a great following; their articles are read around 4,000 times every month by people from across the globe. Read Steve and Neil’s blogs
    • 31. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Partnerships
    • 32. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library I found the Centre quite unique I could get some bits of information by going to a library, other bits by going online, and still more from other sources. But nowhere else but the Centre can you find together in one place both the patent side of things and the marketing and business information you need. Jim Shaikh, Founder, Yoomi Award winning Yoomi bottle is now stocked in John Lewis, Mothercare and JoJo Maman Bebe and has recently been launched in Norway, Sweden and Denmark . Our Success Stories The Business & IP Centre provided me with access to a treasure trove of a research collection, which offers users from the creative industries an intoxicating mix of inspiration and information under one roof. Imtaz Khaliq Bespoke Tailor Imtaz Khaliq has been named by Cosmopolitan as one of the four top tailors in London. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the fashion industry in the 2010 New Years Honours list. Imtaz clients include pop star Dina Carroll, actress Michelle Pfeiffer, and newsreader Kay Burley. The Centre’s team of friendly staff and experts are outstanding and offer excellent professional advice free of charge Anthony Lau Founder, Cyclehoop Cyclehoop converts existing signposts into bicycle stands and has now been installed across London and most recently in Cambridgeshire.
    • 33. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Our Success Stories
    • 34. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library Information professionals who are here to help
    • 35. Consultants Network Forum - 25 November 2010 - Neil Infield - British Library