|Author Chris Andrews Licence CC BY-SA Deed Source Geograph
There is a network of public libraries linked to the British Library that offer a range of services to artists, designers, entrepreneurs inventors and other creatives. Each of those libraries is known as a "Business and Intellectual Property Centre" or "BIPC". One of the network's most popular services are Intellectual Property clinics which offer free consultations with patent or trade mark attorneys, lawyers and other professionals specializing in IP.
Probably because much of the initial funding for the network was provided by Arts Council England, there are no BIPCs in Wales. Wales may be losing out because the BIPCs appear to contribute substantially to the economy. According to an independent economic impact analysis of the national network between April 2013 – March 2015, BIPCs
- "generated £38 million GVA (Gross Value Added) on investment, with an estimated increase to £214 million by 2018
- created almost 1,700 new businesses and over 4,200 jobs, with an estimated increase to over 4,100 new businesses and over 22,000 new jobs within the next 3 years (almost a third in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’)
- created a payback of £4.50 for every £1 of public money (estimated to grow to £25 payback for every £1 invested by 2018)
- supported diverse communities: 47% of network users were women, 26% of users were BAME and 25% were unemployed or had been made redundant
- achieved lower cost per job created and higher GVA leverage, compared with other business support initiatives"
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