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Business information and resources

Find resources, support and events that are available via our library Business and IP Centre.

BIPC Local at Calderdale Libraries

Business and Intellectual Property Centre

The Business and Intellectual Property Centre has partnered with local libraries in West Yorkshire. This is to bring free business support to inspire even more people across the region.

Do you want to start, grow or run your own business? Come along to your BIPC local at Central Library (Halifax) or one of our hub libraries, to get:

  • Free guidance and information to start and grow your own business.
  • Free events and workshops.
  • Free access to market research and a range of business databases.


Talk to a librarian (we can advise on resources) or a business advisor either in person or online. We also have access to IP and tax/bookkeeping advisors. For dates and times, please visit: BIPC Free Events (Eventbrite).

Get advice and support from Enterprise West Yorkshire. For more about this, visit: FREE support to explore, plan and launch a business in West Yorkshire (LEP).

If you want to find out how Calderdale Council can help your business, see: Business engagement (Place Team).


Digital resources

  • COBRA reference library: Information to start, run and manage a small business, which includes:

    • Over 700 start-up profiles.
    • Fact sheets with guidance on how to run and manage a small business.
    • Market research.
    • Local area profiles.
    • Business Legal Library.

    At Central Library and our hub libraries (Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden).

  • Statista: Market research that covers 170 industries across 150 countries.

    At Central Library only.

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