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Business Support for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs

Free workshops hosted within your local Borough of Bromley Libraries

London libraries are transforming the way ideas grow into successful businesses. In partnership with the London Borough of Bromley and the British Library’s Business & IP Centre, Start Up Bromley will aim to develop a community of new and existing business owners, which is free to join and open to everyone.

We offer insight and access to resources – including workshops, events and walk-in consultations – to help you imagine, start or develop your business. 

Your free support package

Start Up Bromley Membership

  • Provide opportunities for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs to meet and build networks of support, sharing updates on their entrepreneurial journeys
  • Encourage peer to peer sharing of resources, including contacts, skills, space, time and information to support the development of each others’ businesses
  • Enable members to learn from successful local start ups, established businesses and other professionals associated with the start-up ecosystem

British Library Webinars and Workshops for Small Businesses

Topics include:

Reset, Restart, a series of webinars designed to help you transform and future-proof your business through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Full-day workshops (currently delivered online), giving you practical support at the earliest stage of your business development: Browse the full list here: bl.uk/bipc 

Business Lounges

Start Up Bromley members are able to use the Business Lounge at Bromley Central Library as well as a smaller Business Lounge at Orpington Library. Our Business Lounges offer a safe and secure environment for small business and start ups to work from. Additionally at Bromley Central Library we can offer small rooms for use for private meetings with clients, professional advisors and so on.  All of the Business Rooms come equipped with PCs, as well as ample desk space for your own devices, access to wifi and printing.

The Business Lounge at Orpington Library is open for drop-in only at the following times:

Tuesday

10:00 – 17:00

Wednesday

10:00 – 17:00

Thursday

10:00 – 13:00

Friday

10:00 – 17:00

The Business Lounge at Bromley Central Library is open for drop-in only while the Library is open;

Monday-Friday

9:30 – 19:00

Saturday

9:30 – 17:00

To use the Business Lounges and other facilities please sign up to Start Up Bromley by completing our Registration Form

To book the Meeting Rooms or Workshop Room at Bromley Central Library please complete the booking form or contact the Start Up Bromley team.

Regular Meetings for Members

Start Up Bromley’s dedicated Business Support Manager will hold regular meetings for group members, focussing on specific topics of relevance, or feature special speakers. These meetings could be held remotely using zoom or Teams, or, where possible following government guidance, face-to-face.

1-2-1 Support Sessions

These will operate throughout the year giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to discuss particular challenges they are experiencing, ideas, business model plans.

Members Directory

Get to know Start Up Bromley Members by exploring the exciting and varied products and services they provide.

View the MEMBERS DIRECTORY to discover some of the Businesses in the Start Up Bromley programme.

Be sure to check back, as each month we will be adding more members, as they join the program, as well as those Aspiring Entrepreneurs who launch their business!

 

MEMBERS DIRECTORY

Information Support

Each of the Bromley Libraries has a dedicated selection of business books!  Search the Library catalogue to discover the full range and reserve a copy.

Bromley Libraries also have a lot of online resources such a COBRA (The Complete Business Reference Adviser) and Newsbank  

 

Start Up Bromley Showcase

Throughout the year, we will hold events to showcase local small businesses and their products.

Additional Business Support and Advice in Bromley

Latest Events

Networking for Business Success

Thursday 30th September 2021
6:30pm to 8:30pm, Bromley Central Library

With Jackie Groundsell of 1230 TWC, an exclusive Start Up Bromley members event that will include not only time to speed network but also an interactive workshop that will equip you with skills and knowledge on how to effectively network.


Please register your attendance via the Eventbrite link.

Register

What to expect from the workshops

Start Up Bromley is about building a thriving local business community, focusing on established Bromley businesses helping new and emerging companies in the borough. Start Up Bromley will host regular workshops both virtually and in person covering different aspects of starting up, launching and building a business. Speakers from a variety of companies will share their knowledge and experience for Start Up Bromley members.

Start Up Bromley Upcoming Events:

Thursday September 9 – Start Up Basics

Thursday September 30 - Networking for Business Success

Thursday October 14 – Web Design

Thursday November 4 – Social Media (content creation)

Thursday November 18 – Sales & Marketing

Thursday January 13 2022 – Ethics & Sustainability

Thursday February 17 – Accounting Basics

Thursday March 17 – Why is Branding so important?

 

Showcasing your products

We can support your business and its products at a dedicated business show case. Here's an example of a christmas marketplace event delivered in Greenwich: 

Start up Bromley welcomes a wide range of businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs looking to receive support, build networks, test business ideas and much more. Business sectors can include but not limited to:

  • Catering businesses
  • Professional services / consultancy
  • Social enterprises
  • Charities
  • Fashion / textiles
  • Creative media / publishing
  • Education
  • Health / social work
  • Construction / manufacturing / engineering
  • Retail
  • E-commerce
  • Cosmetics / beauty
  • Arts and crafts
  • Jewellery

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