Great British Business: Manufacturing and Engineering

How to protect and exploit new ideas

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How to protect and exploit new ideas
A large amount of expert, tailored Intellectual Property (IP) advice is available to small and medium-sized businesses, from free workshops and online resources to subsidised support, education and coaching.

Many companies have taken such advice to then successfully develop new ideas and create value.

Get it right first time

The Intellectual Property Office and Companies House run a series of free business support seminars aimed at improving knowledge about Intellectual Property.

IP Advice Clinics

The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys offers free basic advice for businesses at the early stages of developing an idea.

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys provides free advice clinics on how to develop a trademark.

Manufacturing Advisory Service

If you are a manufacturer, the Manufacturing Advisory Service will conduct an Intellectual Property review to evaluate the potential of your ideas.


Find a business mentor to help you develop your new ideas.

Design Leadership Programme

Get subsidised support and coaching, focused on design and innovation, from the Design Council.

Apply for a Growth Voucher

Receive up to £2000 towards the costs of strategic advice to help your business exploit new ideas and grow.