A NEW business centre has been unveiled at Bromsgrove library to support local firms and entrepreneurs.

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) is now open at six libraries across Worcestershire, with Bromsgrove's officially opened last week by councillor Karen May.

The service provides free business support services to local businesses and anyone with a new business idea.

Residents can use online business resources and book a free one to one session, in person or online, with a BIPC Business Advisor.

Local caterers also attended each launch to showcase what the food and drink sector has to offer, with Lady Platterley attending the Bromsgrove opening.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills said: “Business & IP Centre Worcestershire is a fantastic addition to the range of services provided by the County Council to help our local economy to continue to grow and develop.

"Our library teams have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for anyone thinking of starting a business or wanting to take their business to the next level, to get the help they need. BIPC Worcestershire breaks down barriers for people who have a bright idea for a business but no idea where to start.”

Councillor Matt Dormer, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Our libraries teams have been working hard to expand the services that our library network offers to their local community, and this is an really great example of that.

"We’re really hoping that BIPC Worcestershire can continue the success it has had so far to help local businesses either take that first step or figure out what step to take next, and I’m looking forward to seeing the scheme continue to develop after today’s official launch.”

BIPC Worcestershire has been available online throughout the pandemic and has already provided support to over 200 businesses and over 1000 people.