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

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Get Data Smart

Friday 17th March, 9.30 - 4.30
Central Library, Manchester

In a post-truth, alt-facts world it's worth thinking about your information security.
Sign up for free workshops on:

- The Wonderful World of Wikidata with Andy Mabbett
- An introduction to Open Data with Claire Back
- Big Browser is Watching You with Aude Charillon
- CryptoParty Manchester hosted by Manchester Open Rights Group 



Our new 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?

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New! Industry Guides

From Advertising to TV & Film:
20 new Industry Guides to help you find the information you need.

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.

Bounceback foods

Meet Duncan Swainsbury from Bounceback Food

Duncan used his experience of volunteering in foodbanks to create a social enterprise that would tackle food poverty.

He came to a Start Up Engines event 18 months ago and now he's giving TedX talks!

Watch Duncan's talk online

Matthew from airTeem

Meet Matthew Kendall from airTeem

Read about how this local company used library resources to help build their business, from tweaking their product using the 3D printer to videoconferencing with clients in Europe.

They even designed their own marketing using the design software available in the library!

You can read their full story here.

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