Until now the initiative has only operated out of the British Library in Kings Cross, London.
The Manchester branch, which is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will be the first of several new branches to be announced over the next 12 months.
“After proving the model works in London, we are delighted we can expand the reach of the Human Lending Library by making it more accessible to organisations creating positive social and environmental impact in the north of the UK,” said Kendra Walsh, Director of Expert Impact.
The Manchester branch of the Human Lending Library will be run from the Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) at Manchester Central Library.
Social entrepreneurs looking for business advice can ‘borrow’ a business Expert for free, to help them solve their challenges and scale fast. And they’ve got some pretty impressive Experts…
More than 200 social entrepreneurs have used the service to discuss business challenges with the likes of the founders of Pret-a-Manger, Carphone Warehouse, John Frieda, Mumsnet and many other leading companies.
They have more than 40 Experts with excellent track records in finance, tech, retail, marketing and other business sectors.
“This new partnership with Expert Impact is a great way for our flourishing Business & Intellectual Property Centre at Central Library to further bolster the range of support it provides to local businesses and enterprises, with this attractive offer for those who are working to improve our communities and the environment in Manchester,” said Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Skills, Culture and Leisure.
For more information, see the ‘How it works’ section on their website.