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SiLL Workshops


Start-up in London Libraries offers a two full-day workshop delivered by British Library staff and business experts covering the nuts and bolts of how to set up a business and how to use available resources to protect and research your business idea! The workshops run on a quartely basis.

Day 1 - What next for my business idea?

In this full-day workshop you'll get invaluable insights into using Bexley borough library and the British Library Business and IP Centre's collection of market intelligence and business resources, including COBRA and Mintel.

Part 1 - Introduction to Business Information

Learn how to use these resources  to help you understand your market, develop a winning business plan and find new customers and clients. Join us and get ahead of the competition!

Part 2 - How do I protect my business idea?

Your business - whether it is a new product or service - will have some form of intellectual property whether it is in the design, name, logo or brand. This workshop will help you understand what is unique in your business and how you can go about protecting it and making money from it in the future. This could be a trade mark, petent, design or copyright or a combination of all four.

Day 2 - Get ready for business

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

This high energy and practical full-day, 6-hour workshop (including regular breaks with refreshments) is your practical gyuide to setting up your business.

Our experts will cover the following steps to help you develop your business idea from concept to market and will include:

Creating a robust business

  • Reasons why businesses fail

Is it for me?

  • What are the characteristics of an entrepreneur?
  • What skills, talents or experience are required?
  • Do I work 9-5 or 5-9?
  • Why start a business?

Importance of your values

  • Starting a business in it's simplest form - Minimum Viable Product

What is needed for you to start your business?

  • Researching the market
  • Testing and validating your idea
  • Getting started - Legal and operations - the things you need to know!

Company formation

  • Operations
  • Finance

Let's build a simple but effective business plan

  • Types of business plans - traditional vs modern
  • The Business Model Canvas

Time to build your plan!

Practical advice will be enhanced by interactive exercises to embed your learning and ensure you can apply what you've learned. By the end of this workshop, you will have the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to successfully set up your own business.


To take part in the workshops you need to be:

  • Based in London.

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

  • Or

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

If you answered yes to the above statements then you are eligible to attend our free quarterly workshops.


See our What's On page for our planned workshops and an opportunity to book your place!

If these dates or locations don't work for you, both workshops are also offered in nine other boroughs in London throughout the year. To find them please visit the Start-ups in London Libraries website.