Start-ups In London Libraries (SiLL)

What is Start-Ups in London Libraries

Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) supports early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs through a network of business support accessible online across 10 London Boroughs, including Haringey.

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

This offer is available until December 2021, 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?

Haringey’s Start-ups in London Libraries(SiLL) offers over 30 hours of FREE workshops, which aim to put practical support in place for entrepreneurs at the earliest stage of their business development. See below a few of the workshops available.

What next for my business?

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

Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in 7 easy steps in this high energy and practical workshop.

Marketing Masterclass (Parts 1 and 2)

Split into 2 half-day workshops, our Marketing Masterclasses will equip you with the knowledge and resources needed to increase brand awareness and attract more customers. Please note workshops do not have to be done in any particular order.

Check the upcoming SiLL business session calendar (external link)

Find out more about SiLL from the British Library (external link)


Online - see the SiLL Eventbrite page (external link) for details.

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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
  • own of a business which has been registered at Companies House or with HMRC for 12 months or less.

The programme is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), so we’re offering it to you absolutely FREE.

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What you will receive

Online webinars and interactive workshops

At our interactive workshops, held online, you will 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

Once completing at least two workshops, you will 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 will 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; local networking, 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 ongoing 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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September 1, 2021

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