Southwark Council has launched Southwark Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL), offering free support and advice to people from all walks of life to turn their business ideas into a reality.

SiLL is an ERDF-funded (up until 30th June 2021) business support programme led by the British Library’s Business & Intellectual Property Centre to support people from all walks of life to turn their business ideas into a reality. The team behind SiLL are aiming to break down barriers to entrepreneurship and give people the skills, information, confidence and connections they need to turn their ideas into viable businesses.

The programme looks to give individuals insight and support to start and grow their business. The project is also fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the British Library, ten participating London boroughs and more!

So if you are looking to start a business, or have just taken your first steps into entrepreneurship, SiLL looks to give participants the skills, information and know-how you need to build a viable business.

Find the list of services available at participating libraries below:

Quarterly free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and early stage start-ups

Walk-in access to business resources and databases like COBRA

One-to-one business information sessions with borough SME Champions

A programme of events, including live-screenings from the British Library’s Business and IP Centre

You will also meet like-minded people and gain the confidence you need to make your business a success!

For more information head to