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Start up in London Libraries

We have partnered with the British Library to bring to you Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL), a programme providing business support to entrepreneurs from all walks of life across 10 boroughs. The programme is for London residents who: 

  • have an idea that they want to turn into a business; or
  • have a current business that has been registered with Companies House or HMRC for LESS THAN 12 months. (Including dormancy period)

People who sign up for SiLL here can get free business support:

  • Research and test your business idea
  • Research and test your market and find out how you can adapt your business idea
  • Participate in expert-run workshops, learn how to start or grow a business
  • Gain one-on-one support until you're up and running, and for any challenges that arise after the launch of your start-up

You can also take part free in our expert-run workshops.. A series of workshops will be taking place in June, including:

Day 1: What’s next for my business idea: 
Day 2: Get ready for business 
By the end of this series of 3 hour workshops, you will have the basic knowledge, skills and confidence you need to successfully set up your own business.
Day 3: Marketing masterclass part 1 
Day 4: Marketing masterclass Part 2 
By the end  of these two  3 hour marketing masterclasses you will leave with a step-by-step guide on how to implement each approach as well as your very own marketing plan for you to use right away.

During lockdown the workshops are held using Zoom and you will be sent a meeting link. Our webinars are highly interactive and give you a chance to meet likeminded entrepreneurs After you’ve taken part in 12 hours of online support you’ll be given a certificate of recognition and you’ll be ready to set out on your start-up journey

Email for more information.

Council Support

Whether you are starting your own business or looking to expand, Tower Hamlets Council can offer business support and advice to all business in the borough. Information on funding programmes, health and safety at work and other opportunities are all available. There are also a number of local business support agencies, London regional agencies, and national agencies that can provide expert advice and training.

Support for business ratepayers
£10.5m Covid-19 fund