Start-ups in London Libraries

Our Start-ups in London Libraries workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Check out our schedule below and register your place on one of online workshops at our Eventbrite page

What next for my business idea? Get ready for business Marketing Masterclass: Part 1 Marketing Masterclass: Part 2
 6 October  7 October   8 October 9 October
13 October 16 October 14 October  15 October
 20 October  28 October  22 October  2 November
 27 October  4 November  5 November  6 November

About Start-ups in London Libraries:

London libraries are transforming the way ideas grow into successful businesses. By partnering with ten London boroughs, we are developing a community of new and existing business owners, which is free to join and open to everyone. Whether you are just setting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or simply have a brilliant idea you want to discuss, we're here to guide you. 

But before we start, the housework...

To take part in the Start-ups in London Libraries workshops, you or your business needs to have a London-based postcode and you need to be:

The owner of a business which has been registered at Companies House for fewer than 12 months.

Or

An aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea you want to develop.

If you fit into one of the above categories, then you are eligible to attend our free quarterly workshops

 

You can also book a digital one-to-one with one of our in-borough Business Champions, please send them an email at the below address:

And now, for the fun stuff: the workshops themselves

Start-ups in London Libraries offer three workshops, which aim to put practical support in place for entrepreneurs at the earliest stage of their business development. These workshops are:

What next for my business idea?

Covers all the fundamentals of using the BIPC's and your library's resources to protect your intellectual property and develop a strategic roadmap for your business. Please note that the online version of this workshop is split into two webinars. 

Get ready for business

Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps in this high energy and practical workshop.

Marketing Masterclass (Parts 1 and 2)

Split into two half-day workshops, our Marketing Masterclasses will equip you with the knowledge and resources needed to increase brand awareness and attract more customers.

 

Have a look at the video below to see what some of the Business and IP Centre's success stories have to say about the influence of the BIPC on their businesses, and what they think about this latest initiative to make the BIPC resources and expertise even more accessible.

  


The combination of these workshops will give you the insight and support to start and grow your business and, once completed, you will be awarded a personalised Start-ups in London Libraries certificate.   

Our next webinars are taking place on the following dates: 

What next for my business idea?

Get ready for business

Marketing Masterclass: Part 1

Marketing Masterclass: Part 2

   

Access more business resources online:

If you have a library card for any of our participating Start-ups in London Libraries' boroughs, you can access COBRA remotely from home. For all of the boroughs you can register for a library card online. However, there may be different requirements to make you eligible per borough. Please see below for further information and follow the links for eligibility requirements for applying for a borough library card:

Borough COBRA access link Link to join libraries
Bexley Bexley COBRA Bexley Libraries
Croydon Croydon COBRA Croydon Libraries
Greenwich Greenwich COBRA Greenwich Libraries
Haringey Haringey COBRA Haringey Libraries
Lambeth Lambeth COBRA Lambeth Libraries
Lewisham Lewisham COBRA Lewisham Libraries
Newham Newham COBRA Newham Libraries
Southwark Southwark COBRA Southwark Libraries
Tower Hamlets Tower Hamlets COBRA Tower Hamlets Libraries
Waltham Fores

Waltham Forest COBRA

Waltham Forest Libraries

Free industry and IP guides

Up-to-date quality information on intellectual property and researching key industries, handpicked by our experts.

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

 

 What next for my business idea?   Get ready for business   
Bexley  8 October 21 November 
Croydon 10 December  18 December 
Greenwich  15 October  11 December 
Haringey  3 December  4 December 
Lambeth  22 October  31 October
Lewisham  5 November 7 November
Newham  12 November  14 November 
Southwark  26 November  5 December 
Tower Hamlets  19 November  20 November
Waltham Forest  5 November 6 November
 What next for my business idea?   Get ready for business   
Bexley  8 October 21 November 
Croydon 10 December  18 December 
Greenwich  15 October  11 December 
Haringey  3 December  4 December 
Lambeth  22 October  31 October
Lewisham  5 November 7 November
Newham  12 November  14 November 
Southwark  26 November  5 December 
Tower Hamlets  19 November  20 November
Waltham Forest  5 November 6 November

Upcoming workshops & events

Reset. Restart

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We know this is a difficult time for small businesses and business owners. That’s why we’ve developed a dedicated programme to support SMEs across the country, all of which can be accessed remotely, wherever you are.

Workshop FREE

Marketing Masterclass - Start-ups in London Libraries

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Join our Marketing Masterclass to discover how to determine and reach customers for your new business venture.

Webinar FREE

What next for my business idea? (Online) - Start-ups in London Libraries

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Find out how the Start-ups in London Libraries programme can help you achieve business success.

Workshop FREE

Get ready for business - Start-ups in London Libraries

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Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps

All business events