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Fully funded business start-up support for entrepreneurs

Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) is a fully funded programme designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs gain the skills, information and know-how to build a viable business.
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If you have always wanted to start a business, or have just taken your first steps into entrepreneurship, the programme can help you get business support and turn your idea into a reality.

SiLL Celebrates International Women's Day

The Lewisham Start-ups in London Libraries team are excited to share the experiences of some of the female entrepreneurs who have completed the SiLL programme as part of our International Women's Day celebrations. Look out for the videos on the Lewisham Libraries social media accounts from 6th March.

What you will get

You can get a range of fully funded services including: 

  • Fully funded quarterly workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups
  • walk-in access to business resources and databases like COBRA
  • one-to-one business information sessions with borough SME champions
  • a programme of events, including live screenings from the British Library’s Business & IP Centre.

Once completed, you will be awarded a personalised Start-ups in London Libraries certificate.

You will also meet like-minded people and gain the confidence you need to make your business a success!

Who can take part

To take part you need to be:

  • the owner of a business which is either not trading or has been registered at Companies House for less than 12 months
  • an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea you want to develop.

How to book on to a workshop

To take part, just book yourself in to a workshop by using the links below. Future workshops will be available to book nearer the time.

Core SiLL workshops

Get ready for business, 17 February 2021, 10am-5pm

What next for my business idea?, 2 March 2021, 10am-5pm

Get ready for business, 18 March 2021, 10am-5pm

Additional SiLL workshops

Marketing Masterclass - Part One, 26 February 2021, 10am-1pm

Marketing Masterclass - Part Two, 1 March 2021, 10am-1pm

All SiLL workshops are currently being held online and participants should email SiLL@lewisham.gov.uk in advance if they require support with access.

Find out more

Our partner library network also includes the following London boroughs: Bexley, Croydon, Greenwich, Haringey, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Find out what other business resources you can get from us.

The project is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the British Library, ten participating London boroughs, and generously supported by JP Morgan and Arts Council England.