Free business start-up support for entrepreneurs
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.
What you will get
You can get a range of free services including:
- free 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.
Regular SiLL workshops
- What next for my business idea, 11 February 2020, Downham Library (day one of two)
- Get ready for business, 13 February 2020, Downham Library (day two of two).
Additional SiLL workshops
- Lewisham SiLL Coffee Morning, 30 January 2020, Lewisham Library. Create a new year action plan for your start-up business in a supportive environment at our start-ups in London libraries coffee morning.
- Marketing Masterclass, 17 February 2020, Downham Library. Join our marketing masterclass to discover how to determine and reach customers for your new business venture.
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.
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.