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Welcome to Start Up Greenwich, a new business support service in Greenwich libraries in partnership with the British Library's Business and IP Centre, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs, start ups and established businesses to build their entrepreneurial skills and confidence, as well as access to business information and resources. To register click here.
Find our more about how Start Up Business can help you with your business ideas and discover experts who can help transform your ideas into a business reality.

Contact us at startupgreenwich@gll.org

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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

We have teamed up with the British Library‚Äôs 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 recourses to protect, research and develop your business idea. Day 2 takes a deep dive into the areas you need to focus on to kickstart your business; from the essential building blocks of starting up and running a successful business to common pitfalls and how to avoid them. 

COBRA business resources

If you're a Greenwich Libraries member, you can access COBRA  remotely, which is a business database which can help turn your ideas into a business. COBRA contains more than 4,000 factsheets, market reports, contacts and sources of funding, in addition to hundreds of practical guides to starting up more than 350 types of business.

1-2-1 Support

These sessions will provide focused support to help members address their business challenges and provide a safe space for them to discuss their business ideas. To book a 1-2-1 spot please email startupgreenwich@gll.org.

Room hire

As a Start Up Member, you can book  Business Rooms across our libraries which can be booked by SUG members and external organisations/businesses to conduct business activities i.e. meetings, workshops, seminars, product/service launches etc. Payment for the required space (if the booked space has an associated fee) can be made at the library where the space is. 

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.

Collaborate with us

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. 

Start up Greenwich membership

When you become a Start Up Greenwich member, you will have the opportunity to meet and build networks of support amongst other entrepreneurs which you can leverage to support the growth of your business. In addition, you will be able to learn from successful local start-ups, established businesses and other professionals associated with the start-up ecosystem which can help you reach your business goals.

Start up Greenwich members will also have access to opportunities to help promote their business through their association with the service and the wider networks that we can tap into, to join click here

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What to expect from workshops

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