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  Get Ready for Business: Sales 

 Get Ready for Business: Finance

 8 June  3 June  9 June
 11 June
 22 July  24 August
 15 June
 10 June  16 June
 18 June
 16 September  28 September
 13 July  17 June  23 June  25 June    
 20 July  15 July  5 July  7 July    
 27 July  29 July  19 July  23 July    
 3 August  12 August  9 August  13 August    

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.

Get ready for business: Finance

Simplifying the notions of capital, cash flow, profit and forecasting, to help you get your business started efficiently.

Get ready for business: Sales

In this workshop, our sales experts will cover the key topics needed to help you identify and engage with your target 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.    

 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 Forest

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

Webinar

Webinar: How to tell your brand story and sell more

During this interactive webinar, we'll teach you the principles behind successful brands, giving you practical tips to shape your own story without spending a small fortune.

Webinar FREE

Reset. Restart: your digital productivity

Helping you to implement new tools and strategies that you can put to work within your business, to enable you to work smarter.

Webinar FREE

Reset. Restart: your social and environmental impact

Learn how to pivot to an environmentally and socially responsible way of doing business.

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.

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