Start-ups in London Libraries

The Start-ups in London Libraries programme is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs from all walks of life to turn their business idea into a reality: through our network of 10 London borough libraries, we deliver grass roots business support on your doorstep.

The programme 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.

Whether you have always wanted to start a business, or have just taken your first steps into entrepreneurship, we will give you the skills, information and know-how you need to build a viable business.

Our partner library network includes the following London boroughs:

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
  • 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!


To take part you need to be: 

The owner of a business which is either not trading or been registered at Companies House for less than 12 months.


You should be an aspiring entrepreneur with a business idea you want to develop

If you answered yes to the above, then you are eligible to attend our free quarterly workshops. Find out more here.

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 JP Morgan and Arts Council England.


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