Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL)

Our Start-ups in London Libraries’ workshops are now available as webinars which are accessible remotely, wherever you are. Take a look at our schedule and register your place on one of online workshops at our Eventbrite page. Our Southwark Business Champion, Dean Williams, is also still available for digital one-to-ones. To arrange this, please email

The Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) programme supports aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses in their first year. We will give you the skills, information and know-how you need to grow and make your business a success.

Through our network of three Southwark libraries: Canada Water, East Street and Peckham, 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 an entrepreneur has received 12 hours of support from us, they will be given a SiLL Certificate of completion and their start-up with have a lifetime pass to use the BIPC’s business support team.

Visit one of our partner libraries to access quarterly free workshops delivered by the British Library, giving you the core skills required to make your business successful.

By joining the programme Southwark Council offer a range of business support services including:

  • events shining the spotlight on specific topics such as accountancy, personal branding and health and wellness of entrepreneurs
  • walk-in access to business resources and databases like COBRA
  • one-to-one business information sessions with borough SME Champions 

You will also meet like minded people and gain the confidence you need to make your business a success!

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To take part in the SiLL workshops, you or your business needs to have a London based postcode and 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

For more information contact your local SME champion on

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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Page last updated: 22 May 2020

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