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Start-ups In London Libraries (SiLL)

What is Start-Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) supports aspiring entrepreneurs across ten London boroughs through a network of business support in over 60 public libraries.

We will give you the skills, information, confidence and connections you need to turn your ideas into a viable business.

This is a three-year project, led in partnership by Haringey Council and the British Library’s Business and IP Centre (BIPC) and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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When and where are the workshops?

  • What next for my Business Idea? (Day one of two) - 10 March 2020, 10am - 5pm
  • Get ready for business (Day two of two) - 10 March 2020, 10am - 5pm

Entrance and tickets

Register your interest for 10 March 2020(external link)

Register your interest for 11 March 2020(external link) 

Tickets are free but book fast as places are limited.


Business Lounge - Ground Floor
Wood Green Central Library
187-197A, High Road 
London, N22 6XD - view map location - Wood Green library (external link)

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Who can benefit

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 Haringey Council’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 by the ERDF. So we’re offering it to you absolutely FREE.

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What you will receive

Two-day workshop

At our interactive workshops, held quarterly in Haringey Council’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.

One-to-one support

Following the workshop you'll have access to one-to-one support with Haringey Council’s SiLL Start-up Coordinator, Nicola Moore. 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).

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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.

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If you have any questions relating to starting a business, or you currently run a business please contact Nicola Moore, Project Coordinator:

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Page Last Updated:

28 November 2019

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