Start Up Bromley

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Join a thriving business community within your local library with Start Up Bromley. 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.
Use the map below to find your nearest library and join our community.

To contact us, please email Startupbromley@gll.org

Click here for a calendar of events.

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

Click here to fill out a registration form.

Your free support package

Become a Start Up Business member to get the help your need. 
Here's a taster of resources to expect with Start Up Business. 

British library webinars and workshops

Offering a variety of short and full-day workshops, both online and in person, giving you practical support at the earliest stage of your business development: Browse the full list of workshops on the British Library BIPC Events calendar

1-2-1 Support

1-2-1 support sessions operate throughout the year allowing entrepreneurs to discuss particular challenges they are experiencing, ideas, and business model plans with our dedicated advisors.

Online resources

Each of the 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 as COBRA (The Complete Business Reference Adviser) and Newsbank.

Regular meetings for members

Start Up Business dedicated Business Support Manager hold regular meetings for group members, focussing on specific topics of relevance, or feature special speakers. You can join these as a member either remotely using zoom or Teams, or face-to-face. 

1-2-1 sessions also operate throughout the year operate throughout the year allowing entrepreneurs to discuss particular challenges they are experiencing, ideas, business model plans.

Business lounges

Our Business Lounges offer a safe and secure environment for small business and start ups to work from. Start Up Bromley members are able to use the Business Lounges at Bromley Central Library, Orpington Library and Biggin Hill Memorial Library

Additionally at Biggin Hill Memorial Library we offer a Business Corner with seating and desk space among the business and career books. All of the Business Rooms come equipped with PCs, as well as ample desk space for your own devices, access to wifi and printing. 


Room hire

Start Up Bromley (SUB) has Business Rooms of various sizes across Bromley Central, Biggin Hill and Orpington Libraries which can be booked by SUB members and external organisations/businesses to conduct business activities i.e. meetings, workshops, seminars, product/service launches etc. 

British Library Kick Start Your Business

We have teamed up with the British Library’s Business & IP Centre (BIPC) to deliver grass roots business support on your doorstep, which is free to join and open to all business owners across the capital. Kickstart Your Business is a two day start-up programme aimed to help you start and progress your business development, for free. Day 1 covers the multiple areas of intellectual property and their relevance to your business, as well as practical tips on how to use the BIPCs resources to protect, research and develop your business idea. Day 2 takes a deep dive into the areas you need to focus on to kick start your business; from the essential building blocks of starting up and running a successful business to common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Link to all Kickstart Your Business workshops: https://bit.ly/40IUSnY

Sign up for Day 1 in Bromley: https://bit.ly/3uh78jx

Sign up for Day 2 in Bromley: https://bit.ly/40LdUKj

You can also check out and sign up to other free workshops and webinars that are on offer throughout the BIPC London Network: https://bit.ly/3FXdSFz

Sign up for events

What to expect from workshops

Start Up Bromley is about building a thriving local business community, focusing on established businesses helping new and emerging companies in the borough. 

Start Up Bromley 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 members.

 

FAQ's

When are the Business Lounges available?
The Business Lounge at Orpington Library is open for drop-in at the following times:
Tuesday  - 10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday  - 10:00 – 17:00
 Friday  - 10:00 – 17:00

The Business Lounge at Bromley Central Library is open for drop-in while the Library is open;
 Monday-Friday  - 9:30 – 19:00
 Saturday  - 9:30 – 17:00

The Business Lounge at Biggin Hill Memorial Library is open for drop-in at the following times:
Monday - by appointment
Wednesday - by appointment
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, or the Business Lounges at Biggin Hill and Orpington Library please see the tab below - Business Room Hire

How do I hire a meeting room?
Requests to use the rooms should be made at least one month in advance by completing an online form.
• Bromley Central Library specific form: https://bit.ly/CEN-SUB
• Biggin Hill Library specific form: https://bit.ly/BHI-SUB
• Orpington Library specific form: https://bit.ly/ORP-SUB

Payment for the required space (if the booked space has an associated fee) can be made at the library where the space is. If you need further information about our business lounges, workshop and meeting rooms please e-mail startupbromley@gll.org

I'm an established business and would love to collaborate
We are always looking to create strong links and partnerships with established businesses, industry experts and local organisations that have the same vision to support aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses.
If you consider yourself as a potential business partner, we'd love to hear from you, email startupbromley@gll.org to get in touch.
I'm looking for further business support and advice in Bromley
You can find further information about business support and advice in Bromley on the Bromley Council website:
Business Support and Advice

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