The British Library’s Business & IP Centre has been helping people turn great ideas into businesses for over ten years now. So to celebrate 10 successful years the Library is holding a day of free workshops, talks and events on everything, from raising cash to getting your business online. If you’ve ever had an idea for a business but are not sure what steps to take you can attend ‘Start-up Day’ on 27 September to meet like-minded people, chat to experts and hear from new ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’, Julie Deane OBE (Founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company), who will be talking about how she started a business from her kitchen table.
Since its launch in 2006 over 500,000 people have come through the doors of the Centre to learn how to start and grow a successful business. Would-be entrepreneurs can develop their ideas with free access to market research and company databases, learn vital new skills at workshops or mini-masterclasses or book a confidential one-to-one advice clinic.
The Centre also hosts some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs including Lord Sugar; Nick Robertson OBE, co-founder and CEO of ASOS; Kanya King MBE, founder of the MOBO Awards; Richard Reed, co-founder of Innocent Drinks and Deborah Meaden of Dragons’ Den at their ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ event series.
In addition, the Centre also supports ambitious business owners, with plans to scale up, giving them over £10,000 worth of free support through the Innovating for Growth programme. A programme that has helped 275 businesses go from a start-up to successful growth business.
What’s more, there are eight National Network Centres around the UK – so you can get support and advice setting up a business even if you’re not London-based.