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. 

And now for the fun stuff. How it works

Visit one of our partner libraries to access a range of free services including: 

  • quarterly free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups - we offer two workshops (detailed below) to cover all the fundamentals of running a start-up
  • 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
You will also meet like-minded people and gain the confidence you need to make your business a success!

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.

Our partner library network includes the following London boroughs:

The workshops

Start-ups in London Libraries offer two full-day 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?

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.

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. 

The combination of these two 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. 

The next dates for the workshops in each of the boroughs are: 


 What next for my business idea?   Get ready for business   
Bexley  28 January  5 February 
Croydon  3 March   4 March 
Greenwich   18 February  19 March 
Haringey   10 March   11 March 
Lambeth   21 January  22 January
Lewisham   11 February  13 February
Newham   25 February   26 February 
Southwark   17 March   18 March 
Tower Hamlets   4 February   3 February
Waltham Forest   24 March  25 March

Please note that any dates that are not currently linked will be having their tickets released soon so please check back if these are the workshops you are interested in. 

There are also other events taking place across the boroughs. You can find details of those coming up in the next two months below: 


Date  Time  Event name  Borough  Venue 
7 December  10.00-11.00  Introducing COBRA and 
library digital resources
Newham  The Gate Library 
7 December  12.00-14.00  Social Media for Small
Businesses
 
Newham  The Gate Library 
11 December 2019  11.00-13.00  SiLL registration meeting  Newham Stratford Library


Access more business resources online:

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

Workshop

The weekend way to write a successful business plan

In this workshop you will learn about how to approach the fundamentals by creating the foundation of your business in the form of your business plan.

Workshop FREE

Get ready for business

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

Workshop FREE

Can I protect a business idea?

Learn how intellectual property can protect you and help you profit from your business idea.

Workshop FREE

Introduction to using the Business & IP Centre

Find out how the Business & IP Centre can help you achieve business success.

All business events