Who we are Click to get info
Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) supports people from all walks of life to turn their business idea into reality, by establishing a coordinated network of business support through public libraries across 10 London boroughs. SiLL breaks down barriers to entrepreneurship, giving people the skills, information, confidence and connections they need to turn their ideas into viable businesses.
SiLL is a three-year project, led in partnership by Waltham Forest Council and the British Library’s Business & IP Centre (BIPC), providing a ‘grassroots’ solution to business support.
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Who can benefit? Click to get info
Taking your first steps into entrepreneurship? Looking to make your existing, new business stronger and more sustainable? Whatever stage you’re at we’re supporting Waltham Forest’s hardworking and ambitious entrepreneurs who either:
- Have a great idea that can be turned into a successful business, or
- Have an early-stage (meaning, registered or trading for less than 12 months) small-to-medium enterprise
The programme is fully-funded. So we’re offering it to you absolutely FREE.
What you'll receive Click to get info
At our interactive workshops, held quarterly in Waltham Forest’s libraries, you'll learn from industry experts about what it takes to start or grow your business. Workshop topics can include (but are not limited to): intellectual property and patents, marketing and branding, gaining competitive advantage, financial management, knowing your customers and how to build your business model.
Following the workshop you'll have access to one-to-one support with Waltham Forest’s SiLL Start-up Champion, Sarah Eschner. During this time, you may further explore subjects discussed in the workshop, carry out in-depth market research, and/or set a plan to obtain additional training via the British Library’s vast resources. You'll also have access to the British Library's business advisers.
SiLL provides opportunities for you to become part of London's thriving start-up community. As well as a variety of avenues for you to boost your professional development, such as; networking at Start-up Stars and Inspiring Entrepreneurs events, building your brand at the Marketing Masterclass and access to helpful online content (webinars, business sound bites, webcasts and interviews).
Certificate and on-going support
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.