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 and register your place on one of online workshops at our Eventbrite page.
In the meantime, to book a digital one-to-one with one of our in-borough Business Champions, please send them an email at the below address:
- Bexley - Ioanna Lymperaki
- Croydon - Sophie White
- Greenwich - Loretta Awuah
- Haringey - Nicola Moore
- Lambeth - Rachel Samuels
- Lewisham - Mark Berbeck
- Newham - Rashed Belal
- Southwark - Dean Williams
- Tower Hamlets - Abraham O'Dude
- Waltham Forest - Sarah Eschner
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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|
|7 July||8 July||
|14 July||31 July||9 July||10 July|
|21 July||22 July||23 July|
|29 July||30 July|
Our Borough Champions also continue to arrange online events for our SiLL community. You can find more details on our next events below:
|Event name||Date and time|
|How to turn your creative passion into a successful business||9 July, 14.00 - 16.30|
|Financial Peace, Financial Power||15 and 16 July, 10.00-12.00|
|An introduction to COBRA and other free business resources||20 July, 13.30 - 14.30|
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|
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.
Upcoming workshops & events
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