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

Start Up Day! Friday 20th January

Thinking of starting a business? Got a great idea?

Turn your ideas into actions at our first Start Up Day, a day of free workshops, talks and events to turn your passion into a successful business.

Featuring special guest Wayne Hemingway MBE

Workshops include:

  • Turn Your Passion Into A Business - Wendy Breakell, Break Into Business
  • Starting Up From A Market Stall - Corin Bland, Bottle
  • Make It Big With Your Own Food & Drink Empire - Carla Taylor, Penelope’s Kitchen


Wayne Hemingway

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.


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