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Start-ups in London Libraries

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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 February
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


There are also supplementary events taking place across our 10 participating boroughs. For further details, please look below:

Event name

Borough

Date and time

Location

Notes

Taxation and the self employed

Croydon

19 February, 10.00

Croydon Library

This event is run in collaboration with Shy Figures and has a small fee of £ 10

Five golden rules for setting your business up online

Newham

26 February, 18.30

Hopkins Room, Stratford Library

International Women's Day Business celebration

Croydon

5 March, 10.00

Croydon Library

Run in collaboration with MyOutspace

Dare to Dream: Building Professional and Entrepreneurial Women

Southwark

5 March, 9.15

Canada Water Library

International Women's Day 2020

Greenwich

8 March, 12.00

Woolwich Centre Library

Creative and Social Enterprise Panel Event Haringey 14 March, 16.00 Marcus Garvey Library, Tottenham With support from the Tottenham Creative Enterprise Zone

Social Media for Small Businesses

Newham

25 March, 18.30

Hopkins Room, Stratford Library

Coffee morning: Women in Business Lewisham 26 March, 8.30 Lewisham Library Female panel including Michelle (Santander), Jacy (Jacynthasise Journals & Consultancy) & Jane (Successful Mums TBC)

Limited Company or Sole Tradership: which one is right for you?

Newham

29 April, 18.30

Hopkins Room, 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 JP 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

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What next for my business idea?

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

BIPC
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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

All business events