Local Enterprise Partnerships
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are companies limited by guarantee, typically set up as partnerships between the private sector and local authorities, with support from central Government depending on their individual circumstances. They deliver business support services under contract, to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), to Business Links, to the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) and, increasingly, to overseas customers. The agencies' key purpose is to promote economic regeneration by the setting up of small firms.
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Business Link is the national business advice service in England. Use this site to get straightforward information for your business needs and to access a wide network of business support organisations.
Tel: 0845 600 9 006.
The Small Business Gateway
The Small Business Gateway is a service provided by the Scottish Enterprise Network and its local partners. It provides a single access point to a range of integrated services for businesses in Scotland.
Tel: 0845 609 6611.
Locate your local Gateway
Business Eye is a free, impartial information service for Wales created to find the answers to your business questions. Whether you are an established company, a new idea, a sole trader or an employer of hundreds, Business Eye is here to help andcan put you in contact with support from the public, private or voluntary sectors.
Tel: 08457 969798
Locate your regional centre
Following several years' thorough research into the needs of businesses, universities and research organisations, the DTI's Innovation Unit, jointly with the Patent Office, has produced an Innovation Logbook for use by engineers, students, researchers, inventors and innovators throughout the UK.
Yorkshire and Humber Manufacturing Advisory Service
Saint Martin's House
210-212 Chapeltown Road
Tel: 08700 111 875
Fax: 0113 368 5263
MAS aims to help the region's manufacturers improve their productivity and efficiency by providing easy access to advice, information and 'hands-on' specialist manufacturing help. The majority of these services are delivered for free or 50% grant subsidised.
National Council for Work Experience
Booth Street East,
Tel: 0161 277 5267
The National Council for Work Experience offers a free online resource to help employers find students in their area who are looking for work experience. This service allows businesses to find information and contact details of placement organisations in the local area that will be able to help find a student.
Knowlege Transfer Partnerships
KTP Programme Office
Tel: 0870 190 2829
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme enabling businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. KTP achieves this by helping businesses to access knowledge, technology or skills from the UK's knowledge base, which includes universities, further education colleges and Research and Technology Organisations.
34 Bow Street
Tel: 020 7420 5200
Fax: 020 7420 5300
The Design Council's purpose is to inspire and enable the best use of design by the UK, in the world context, to improve prosperity and well-being.
The Sixth Framework (FP6UK)
Central information point: 0870 600 6080
Textphone: 0870 240 5927
Fax: 0870 240 5929
This is the UK's central information point on the Sixth Framework - The European Union's main regime of funding support for research and development. It will provide over €17 billion between 2002 and 2006.
Intellectual Property Office
Tel: 08459 500 505
Fax: 01633 813600
UK Patent Office is responsible for Intellectual Property (Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks) in the UK.
Research Councils UK Secretariat
North Star Avenue
Tel: 01793 444420
Fax: 01793 444409
Research Councils invest in research covering the full spectrum of academic disciplines from the medical and biological sciences to astronomy, physics, chemistry and engineering, social sciences, economics, and the arts and humanities. They aim to give comprehensive and up to date information on support for research, training, knowledge transfer and public engagement.
European Patents Office
Tel: (+49 89) 2 99 - 0
Fax: (+49 89) 23 99 - 44 65
Established by the Convention on the Grant of European Patents (EPC) signed in Munich 1973, the EPO is the outcome of the European countries' collective political determination to establish a uniform patent system in Europe.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Crystal Plaza 3
The US Patent and Trademark Office exists to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their respective discoveries in the USA.
Japanese Patent Office
The World Intellectual Property Organization
34, Chemin des Colombettes
Tel: (022) 338 9547
Fax: (022) 338 88 10
WIPO is an international organization dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works of the human spirit. These works - intellectual property - are expanding the bounds of science and technology and enriching the world of the arts. Through its work, WIPO plays an important role in enhancing the quality and enjoyment of life, as well as creating real wealth for nations.
The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
Staple Inn Buildings
Tel: 020 7405 9450
Fax: 020 7430 0471
CIPA is the professional and examining body for patent agents (also known as patent attorneys) in the United Kingdom.
Tel: 08459 500 505
Fax: 01633 813600
The UK Government's home of intellectual property. Find your way through the IP jungle of Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks.
British Library - Patents Information
The British Library
Tel: 01937 546000
The UK's national patent library
Institute of Patentees and Inventors
189 Regent Street
Tel: 020 7434 1818
Fax: 020 7434 1727
General advice for UK inventors. The Institute offers its members advice and guidance on all aspects of inventing from idea conception to innovation and development.
60-61 Britton Street
Tel: 020 7251 8024
Fax: 020 7608 3149
Euromonitor International is the world's leading provider of global business intelligence and strategic market analysis with over 30 years experience in publishing market research reports, business reference books and on-line information systems. Its network of analysts in more than 70 countries provide access to key sources of information and the ability to talk to the main players in world markets.
A free database for searching and viewing patents.