The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Sussex today announced that Brighton business leader, Claire Mason, Founder and CEO of global thought leadership consultancy Man Bites Dog, will take on an additional role as Ambassador for the new BIPC Sussex, with its regional centre located in Brighton’s Jubilee Library. Claire’s role as Ambassador and Entrepreneur in Residence will be to promote the BIPC to help expand its network, for the benefit of SMEs and the local economy.
Set up by the British Library, the National Network of BIPCs are library-based hubs for entrepreneurs and start-ups to learn, share resources, and network so that they can grow their businesses and the local economy. The service includes free access to market intelligence resources, customer data, IP advice, one-to-one support, guidance and training, as well as hosting inspiring entrepreneurs at their network events. The regional centre of the new BIPC Sussex is based in Brighton’s Jubilee Library, and there is a BIPC Local being developed in Crawley Library and other Sussex libraries to follow in the near future.
Claire is well placed to guide the entrepreneurs the BIPC supports. She started Man Bites Dog, a global thought leadership consultancy, from her kitchen table. Today, the company employs thirty people from its central Brighton office, working with global business brands to help them lead change on issues from sustainability to the future of work, winning more than 80 industry awards. As a successful local business founder, Claire hopes to inspire other local entrepreneurs.
Claire Mason said: “The BIPC is an incredible resource for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs from across Sussex which offers information services, business support and opportunities to learn from other entrepreneurs. I am excited and honoured to be supporting the BIPC in its mission to give start-ups the strongest start and help our many local SMEs to innovate and grow. I’m delighted that entrepreneurs in Sussex will now have access to this invaluable resource to supercharge their success.”
“What’s really special about the BIPC is that by delivering support through the library network, we are able to make entrepreneurship more accessible by reaching people who are under-represented in business, helping close the entrepreneurship gap for women and aspiring entrepreneurs from under-represented ethnic backgrounds or with a disability.”
Library Services Manager, Joanne Simmons said “I am delighted that Claire will be the Ambassador and Entrepreneur in Residence of the BIPC Sussex. Since we joined the BIPC National Network as a pilot centre in 2019, the service has already had a positive impact on local start-ups and SMEs, and we are so excited to have Claire as our champion moving forward into 2022. Her wealth of experience and her drive to enable under-represented groups to access business support and resources reflects what we strive to offer at BIPC Sussex.”
About BIPC Sussex
The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) Sussex supports entrepreneurs, start-ups and small to medium businesses across Sussex from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Offering insights and access to over £5m worth of free business resources, training and events - both online and in-person to anyone just setting out, needing advice on protecting their intellectual property or simply having a brilliant idea they want to discuss.
About Claire Mason
Claire Mason is Founder and CEO of global thought leadership consultancy, Man Bites Dog. With a passion for entrepreneurship and sustainable development, Claire holds Board Directorships at organisations including Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Greater Brighton Economic Board and the Managing Partners’ Forum, which champions the knowledge economy. Claire is proud to be Ambassador and Entrepreneur in residence at Business & IP Centre Sussex, supporting its mission to democratise entrepreneurship.