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British Library launches programme to help SMEs future-proof their business

The British Library’s Business & IP Centre (BIPC) has launched a new programme: Reset. Restart, to support SME’s through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Open to all business owners, Reset. Restart offers practical, jargon-free training and advice through a free, tailored programme combining national and localised support.

The programme comprises 10 monthly webinars delivered nationally on topics including: opportunities in the ‘new normal’, product and service innovation, marketing, finance and new business models. Attendees can also benefit from remote one to one’s with local experts in business planning, marketing and finance, and networking with the local SME community.

Following a major government investment of £13million, the British Library is set to expand the BIPC Network to 22 regional Centres in England and Scotland by 2023, with a further 90 local Centres across the Network. This support will enable the Library to work together with its public library partners to deliver this proven model of accessible support to aspiring entrepreneurs in cities, towns, villages and rural communities across the country.

Libraries Minister, Caroline Dinenage, says: 

“The Reset. Restart scheme from the British Library will provide the practical help and skills that entrepreneurs need to recover from the impact of coronavirus and grow successful businesses. Thanks to our £13 million investment in the network, more businesses, jobs and local economies across the country can benefit from the invaluable expert advice available through this fantastic institution.”

Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, says:

“As it becomes increasingly clear that Covid-19 is a long-term challenge to the way we all live and work, the British Library has redoubled its commitment to ensuring that all entrepreneurs and SMEs in the UK can access the skills and information needed to adapt and flourish. We are delighted to join with our public library partners to launch Reset. Restart and provide tailored, sustained support not only to our national SME community, but to every business owner affected by the current crisis. At a time when entrepreneurs face an unprecedented array of challenges, whether rewriting their entire business model, marketing to a new audience or building a digital space, our goal is to ensure that the path to transformation and renewal is accessible to all.”

For details and booking, visit bl.uk/reset.