| | 03 October 2019

Starting up with the British Library


Written by Laurence Abbott


Starting up with the British Library

Support for Business in partnership with First Ascent has recently been awarded a contract with the British Library to deliver start-up support in 10 London boroughs.


The team at Support for Business are delighted to be delivering the Start-up in London Libraries (SiLL) programme until 2021. Luke Faulkner Founder of Support for Business said “We’re delighted to be working with the British Library and assisting the start-up community in London. We’ve delivered similar projects in other areas and hope to make a positive impact for entrepreneurs to get their business up and running” The programme will be focussed on delivering in the following boroughs:


  • Bexley
  • Croydon
  • Greenwich
  • Haringey
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Newham
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
SiLL boroughs

The programme will consist of:


  • quarterly free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups – through 2 types of workshop
  • 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


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. The workshops on offer are:


  • What next for my business? – delivered by the British Library IP team

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 – delivered by Support for Business in partnership with First Ascent

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.


If you would like to book onto one of the events then please check the events page for more details.


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.