Bexley means business

Bexley has welcomed the recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Enterprise calling for private spaces to be available for women wanting to start businesses.

“The group particularly highlighted the unique reach and accessibility of local libraries, so I am delighted that our libraries are helping women develop their entrepreneurial skills,” says Councillor Peter Craske, the Cabinet Member for Places.

“This is one of a number of ways we are encouraging all types of people to use their local library. This has resulted in Bexley libraries bucking the national trend and increasing their visitor numbers.”

A review commissioned by the government found that the UK economy would be boosted by £250 billion if women were creating businesses and scaling up at the same rate as men.

The Welling Workary offers space above Welling Library, 10 minutes from Welling Station and on many local bus routes. It has space for up to 25 fixed desk members, plus 15 working flexibly. The cost is less than £2.50 day and members are part of a growing community of entrepreneurs. To find out more and book a tour visit

Another option is the Council’s purpose-built co-working centre, the Engine House. It offers a range of options from a virtual office through to large office spaces. This allows businesses to grow in an affordable way, with prices starting from just over £1 a day.   The centre is undergoing a transformational refurbishment and will have a state of the art 3D studio suite, allowing businesses to prototype their ideas, with experts on hand to help get their product to market quickly. For more information visit or call into the centre.

Bexley Libraries are currently hosting the Start-ups in London Libraries programme in collaboration with the Business and IP Centre of the British Library. The programme offers a programme of free workshops, events, confidential business information sessions and walk-in access to business information resources in libraries They are specifically tailored to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve business success. To find out more visit

Since May the programme has provided 3 day-long business workshops and 19 one-hour business information sessions. 46 people have registered, the majority of which are women. Feedback so far suggests that women particularly value local activities like this, because their responsibilities often make it more difficult to travel to events further away.

The Start-ups in London Libraries programme is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the British Library, ten participating London boroughs and generously supported by JP Morgan and Arts Council England.