Libraries supporting start ups, entrepreneurs and jobseekers across the north west


A micro festival for start ups, entrepreneurs, innovators…and anyone with a big idea!

Join us on 21st March for a day of activities and events to help you get your big idea off the ground, from researching your idea to pitching to a panel. Get inspired by key speaker Robert Twigger and Mike Ryan, futurist.
Play around with 3D printing, electronic music making with Noise Orchestra, and the Internet of Things in the Ideas Room!

Plus if you're ready to get started have a go in the Great Big Ideas Day Pitching Contest

There are some great prizes to win and you'll get the chance to pitch in front of a panel of entrepreneurs and investors.

Find out more

Logo for Big Ideas Day


Big Ideas logo

Noise Orchesta noise machine

Find details about this month's events HERE

From 1-2-1 information surgeries to videomaking, social media for beginners and learning about 3D printing!

Our video about the Business & IP Centre Manchester features some of our customers from across the region.

Hear from Corin Bland from Bottle, and Matthew Kendall from airTeem.

Find out how their businesses benefitted from using the service in different ways. Could yours?

IP For Business Tools

IP For Business Tools

A range of online tools to help you understand, identify, protect & exploit your intellectual property assets to their maximum potential.

Our service

Ask About Business is a partnership between eleven library authorities across the north west.

Led by Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives service, Ask About Business provides information through libraries to support:

  • Pre-start and new businesses
  • SMEs
  • Jobseekers
  • Consumers
  • Inventors
  • Business students