New Network of Advisors Helps Scottish Companies Grow

A nationwide network of experts has been established by the Intellectual Assets Centre to help Scottish organisations identify, protect and exploit their intellectual assets.

Believed to be the first business model of its type in the UK, twenty specialist firms across the country have been recruited through a demanding selection process to offer a range of professional services to help Scottish companies and organisations grow their businesses more effectively.

The Business Service Providers include trade mark and patent attorneys, legal and financial advisers, marketing and communications specialists and other consultants based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Stirling and several other locations.

Among the services on offer from this new network are free initial consultations, special rates negotiated exclusively for Scottish companies working through the IA Centre, themed events and workshops and one to one clinics, all of which add value to the services already provided by the IA Centre.

Commenting on the launch of the Business Service Providers Network, Iain Russell, chief executive, IA Centre, said, “For most organisations in Scotland, the identification, protection and indeed exploitation of their intellectual assets is a vital factor in their future growth prospects. With the launch of this highly specialist network, we wanted to encourage Scottish organisations to benefit from the very best professional advice out there. Especially in the current economic climate, when many companies are looking to cut costs, we wanted to make it easier and more cost effective for them to access what can otherwise appear to be a confusing, potentially expensive undertaking.”

Under the new arrangements, clients can continue to access a range of free services and advice from the IA Centre and then tap into the Business Service Providers network, when appropriate.

There is a web based directory for the Business Service Providers network which can be accessed via the IA Centre website (www.ia-centre.org.uk)

Supported by the Scottish Government, the IA Centre was developed in response to demand from businesses to derive more value from their intellectual assets*. The value of unexploited intellectual assets in Scottish companies is judged to be worth several billion pounds.

The Glasgow based Centre is the first of its kind in Europe and has been cited by the European Commission as a best case example of how a country can help make Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) work for SMEs. The Centre’s group of IA management specialists provides information, advice and guidance to Scottish-based enterprises and its tools, contacts and resources can be used by clients to manage their IA more effectively.

ENDS 11 January 2010

Issued on behalf of the IA Centre by David Budge, Budge PR

T: 0141 553 1115 M: 07831 156333 E: david.budge@budgepr.com

• Intellectual assets are the intangible and often highly valuable assets which can include brands, employee know-how, confidential information, trade secrets and technical information. IA also covers IP, those assets such as patents and trade marks which are formally protected by statute law. The IA Centre website can be found at www.ia-centre.org.uk

• To contact any of the Business Service Providers for comment/input, please contact Elizabeth Steel at Budge PR on Tel:  0141 553 1115 or e-mail:  elizabeth.steel@budgepr.com

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