Start Up Business

With locations in Bromley, Greenwich, and Wandsworth, you can find us locally all across London. Find out more about how Start Up Business can help you in your entrepreneurial journey, and discover the benefits of becoming a member below.

Join a thriving business community within your local library with Start Up Business. From free workshops to upskill yourself and access to several resources, our hubs help you find the tools and support you need to bring your business ideas to life, or take your small business further.

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Whether you dream of starting your own business or need advice about running your company, discover our business support services near you

Start up Bromley

Start Up Bromley has a thriving business community of 600 aspiring entrepreneurs, start ups and more established businesses. Start Up Bromley is able to support its business community through the provision of: workshops, webinars, training events, market places, expert led 121's, opportunities to test business ideas and business lounge facilities at Central Library, Orpington Library and Biggin Hill.

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Start up Greenwich

Start Up Greenwich deliver a fully funded business support service which helps aspiring entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses to build their entrepreneurial skills and confidence, as well as giving them access to business information and resources. Entrepreneurs can tap into a variety of expert-led workshops, 1-2-1's with a business manager, access to business resources, opportunities to trade and test business ideas, usage of the Start Up Greenwich business lounge, networking events and much more.
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Start up Wandsworth

Start Up Wandsworth provides free support, advice and guidance to entrepreneurs in the borough who are wanting to start a business, or have recently done so. Entrepreneurs can access practical workshops, 1-1 advice sessions with a business manager, networking events, as well as the opportunity to use paid co-working desks, office space and meeting rooms in York Gardens and Putney library. 
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Your package of support

Once you have registered to become a Start Up member, you can access the following support:

121 business support sessions

You can request a 1-2-1 session with the Start Up Business dedicated Business Support Manager to discuss any particular challenge you are experiencing, ideas, business model plans, and much more. The 1-2-1s are also an opportunity to meet with the Business Manager to get an understanding of the Start Up Business services and how it can support you today, and in the future. These sessions can be both in-person or remotely to meet your needs. 

Expert led business workshops and webinars

Start Up Business prides itself on bringing our members the right experts to facilitate our workshops and events. We work with local entrepreneurs and businesses who have multiple years of experience in their industries and sectors to ensure our members receive the most effective and easily implementable knowledge and tips to upskill them and support them to head further into their business journey with confidence.

Our experts work within all business roles and aspects from bookkeeping, marketing, branding, Intellectual Property, health and wellbeing, and funding.

Room hire

As a Start Up member, you can book  Business Rooms across our libraries which can be booked by 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. 

Business lounges

If you're a Start Up member, you might be able to access Business Lounges. Offering a safe and secure environment for small businesses and start ups to work from as well as ample desk space for your own devices, access to wi-fi and printing, you can focus on your business ideas. 

Collaborate with us

We are always looking to create strong links and partnerships with established businesses, industry experts and to collaborate with the communities we work within, whether that’s discovering new facilitators for our workshops, promoting and sharing community and business events, or working together on new projects.

If you are interested in working with us in any of the above forms, please reach out to us via email to the specific Start Up you would like to collaborate with.

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

Upcoming Event

Our third business week is just over a month away, and we have an exciting line up of business experts, successful local business owners and celebrity speakers to provide inspiration, business advice, encouragement and guidance! Gather with other aspiring entrepreneurs, start ups, established businesses and those in the business support industry to learn, innovate and network from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th June 2024
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What to expect from Start Up Business Week 2024

With a range of events taking place across London libraries in the London Borough of Bromley, Royal Borough of Greenwich  and Wandsworth Borough Council, we hope to engage as many entrepreneurs as possible and people with an interest in business. These events can be accessed in person, and via webinar or livestream, which will offer something of value to all aspiring entrepreneurs and current business owners. All of these events are fully funded (in part by UKSPF funding), which represents our desire and commitment to remove a number of barriers to entrepreneurship for people that either want to set up, grow or scale their businesses.

We also hope this event will enable businesses and entrepreneurs to make impactful connections, access useful information and advice, facilitate business growth and boost morale during these difficult economic times!

Visit our Eventbrite page to see all of the events and register.


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Recommended reads

Check out these recommended resources from our Start Up Business support team

Proud to partner with the BIPC

We're proud to work with the Business and Intellectual Property Centre at the British library, along with Bromley Council, Greenwich Council, Wandsworth Council, and Dudley Council to provide facilities and services that benefit start up businesses across our libraries. From free to use computers and printing services to workshops and advice, find what you're looking for at your local library.
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