London libraries are transforming the way ideas grow into successful businesses. By partnering with ten London boroughs, we are developing a community of new and existing business owners, which is free to join and open to everyone. Whether you are just setting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or simply have a brilliant idea you want to discuss, we're here to guide you. Since April 2020, we have offered all of our Start-ups in London Libraries' services online, including our core workshops and virtual one-to-ones with our borough Business Champions, many of whom will be hosting sessions during Start-up Day. To find out more about Start-ups in London Libraries and how to join our thriving business community, visit bl.uk/SiLL.
During this session, we will explore ways to identify and develop the basic skills needed to start a successful business, including passion, leadership skills, understanding your competitors, and much more. The aim of exploring these fundamentals is to give your business a firm foundation to develop, grow and thrive.
During the workshop we will discuss:
How to identify your passionHow to discover what’s purposeful and meaningful to you personallyHow to draw attention to your values, principles and mission in lifeHow to explore the real reason why you want to start a businessHow to discover what it takes to make it happenAnd finally, how to show up authentically, unapologetically and on purpose.
Join BIPC Liverpool and entrepreneur and business advisor Jacqueline Daley as she talks to two other female founders about the challenges and rewards of starting your own business or social enterprise. They will talk about:
Carrying out market researchFundingMarketingCoping in difficult timesAnd offer practical tips for people thinking of starting a business now.
Join Angela Podmore from Kinetic Communications as she talks to Craig Carr, founder and owner of Fairburn Heating Solutions, who will share what led him to start-up his business 15 years ago and valuable insights into how both he and the business have developed. Craig will be discussing the strategies he’s adopted along the way and the key ingredients to success in business, to inspire those considering or just starting out on a business venture. We’re going to find out how Craig turns fear of failure into fuel whereby he learns from mistakes and takes his business forward. Craig will share his favourite business books – be prepared for some surprising titles!
This special Start-up Day workshop, delivered as part of BIPC Glasgow's PowerUp project, will explain how to make best use of free online resources at BIPC Glasgow to support your business start-up, expanding business, or develop your own digital business skills. Delivered by Kavan Stafford, Information Officer at BIPC Glasgow.
Join BIPC Hull, Hull’s Makerspace and Business Innovation Expert, Steve Page, to understand how to bring new products to market.
Bringing new products to market can be a difficult, time consuming, expensive and daunting process that requires every step of the way to be carefully structured and planned, if it is to be a success. Understanding the importance of properly investigating and testing a new product is key to getting the investment and support needed to achieve market launch.
This webinar provides an overview of the main steps and key stages that are involved, covering:
The concept development stageHow and when prototypes can be built and testedHow to provide proof of how well an idea or concept worksHow to attract investment.
What attendees will gain:
An overview of the main steps involved and the risks to the project if these are not followedAn understanding of the importance of properly investigating and testing a new idea or conceptAn appreciation of how the results gathered can be used to move the project to the next stage in your product innovation journey.
Join Santander to find out how to get your business off the ground when money is limited.
Starting a business is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, and when faced with an endless to-do list, working out how to cover the cost of everything can feel overwhelming. But, by thinking differently about your start-up, you’ll discover there are lots of ways you can make your budget stretch further than you might think. From reaching your target market to managing cashflow, using digital tools to focusing your market research, there are ways to get your ideas off the ground on a shoestring.
In the session you'll be given some practical ideas to ensure you’re starting your business in as smart a way as possible. You’ll be guided by Andy Pendleton, one of Santander’s Business Banking Managers, who works with hundreds of businesses just like yours each year.
Join BIPC London’s intellectual property information expert, Jeremy O’Hare, for this introduction to intellectual property.
An understanding of intellectual property and its protection is vital for anyone with an idea, whether it’s an invention, a brand name or a song. This online webinar will introduce the four areas of intellectual property and help you understand which may apply to you and your business.
These four main areas are:
PatentsTrade MarksRegistered designsCopyright