How BIPC Leeds can help you

We help entrepreneurs from the first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and growing a business. We offer free support in Leeds and West Yorkshire.

The BIPC have an amazing range of free resources, which are easy to access and aimed at small businesses and start-ups. I’ve attended a host of webinars and one to one sessions which have helped me.
- Tracey Purcell, founder of Beautiful Ethical

Whether you’re looking to start, grow or run a business, we’ll support you to:

  • learn skills you’ll need to start and grow a business
  • get to know your customers and research your market
  • protect your products and services with patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright
  • get one-to-one specialist guidance and support
  • gain confidence and meet fellow entrepreneurs

Access exclusive resources

We provide access to a large collection of specialist business information. Our team of friendly staff are on hand to help you find what you need to take your business further.

With market research databases, company information and more, you can pinpoint customers, keep track of your competitors and find an opportunity in your market.

Many of our databases can be accessed at our local centres across the Leeds City Region. Get in touch with us to access any of our resources or if you’re unsure which is right for you and we’ll guide you to the best one for your business.

Start-up support and general information


Complete Business Reference Advisor (COBRA) has lots of information for anyone looking to start, run or manage a small business. 

Access COBRA through your nearest BIPC to: 

  • explore hundreds of business profiles and factsheets
  • access industry information and local area profiles

Market research

Get free access to databases that help you understand your market, get industry information and identify potential customers. 


Mintel is only available through BIPC Leeds. Use Mintel to: 

  • get market trends from the UK
  • find sector trends and insights from beauty and personal care to retail, travel and much more
  • understand consumer behaviour
  • understand your market


IBISWorld provides useful statistics and information on entire industries. Access IBISWorld through your nearest BIPC to:  

  • find industry research reports
  • understand your market
  • understand market risks


Access Statista through your nearest BIPC to: 

  • understand customers, markets, and competitors through access to reports and statistics on 170 industries across 150 countries
  • find industry research reports
  • understand country profiles

Company information


Fame is only available through BIPC Leeds. Use Fame to:  

  • get comprehensive information on companies in the UK and Ireland including contact information and annual reports
  • access financial reports
  • create bespoke mailing lists

Industry and company news


NewsBank features current and historic articles from national and regional newspapers from the UK. You can search by keyword to find information on products, markets and specific businesses. Access Newsbank at all Leeds Libraries.

Which? Magazine online

Which? Magazine provides access to hundreds of product reviews, independent advice and consumer issues across a range of UK industries and businesses. Access Which? at all Leeds Libraries

British standards

British Standards is an expert source of best practice information to improve performance, efficiency and customer satisfaction across a range of industries and businesses. 

British Standards is accessible across all Leeds Libraries 

Get guidance and information

We offer one-on-one consultations with specialists, where you can discuss your business ideas and get help to identify the most useful information and resources for you.

You can also book specialist advice with business advisors, accountants and intellectual property specialists.

Learn business skills and hear inspiring speakers at our events online and in personexternal link.

Protect your products and services

Our team can guide you through the procedures required to help you protect your products and services with patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright.

Visit us

Find our services at libraries in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield.

Contact us




0113 378 6010
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)