South London Business Initiative

Scope and Content

Papers of South London Business Initiative, including: Fashion South exhibition papers, including publicity and catalogue photographs, programmes, press cuttings and papers regarding fashion and design businesses from the centre participating in the Fashion Show (1987-1991); South London Business Initiative papers, including annual reports, fifth anniversary sponsors event papers, publicity photographs, newspapers, publicity materials and event photographs (1987-1993); Mercury Asset Management Youth Enterprise Centre papers, including photographs, press cuttings, papers of the successful businesses, posters and press releases regarding the successful businesses launched from the centre (1988-1992); and Enterprise Centres papers, including refurbishment, launch and general events photographs (1988-1991)

Administrative / Biographical History

The South London Business Initiative (SLBI) was established in 1986 by Business in the Community, itself part of HRH Charles Windsor, Prince of Wales' charity, the Prince's Responsible Business Network.

SLBI ran a small business development centre in south London which provided personnel and financial support to companies. The SLBI's aims were to: underline the factors necessary for the success of small businesses (affordable rents, favourable council taxes, access to reasonable lending rates); and provide training and assistance from professionals.

During it's ten years, SLBI supported business from the design, fashion, electronics, food, manufacturing, publishing, PR and theatre sectors. The size and origins of the businesses varied enormously, but the business' founders were mostly from the south London area and under the age of thirty.

SLBI created over 30 initiatives to promote small business growth in the south London area including Accounting Software, Arches, Consultancy, Fashion South, IT Work Placement, Local Purchasing, The London Directory of Managed Workspace, North Peckham Estates, Peckham Enterprise Centre, South London Business, and Youth Enterprise Centre.

SLBI was placed in voluntary liquidation in September 1996 having completed its programme of work.


The South London Business Institute archive is divided into the following four sections:

  • SLBI/1: Fashion South
  • SLBI/2: South London Business Initiative Papers
  • SLBI/3: Mercury Asset Management Youth Enterprise Centre
  • SLIB/4: Enterprise Centres

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited at Bishopsgate Institute by Tim Blackler (fomer General Manager of SLBI), 3 July 2017.

Other Finding Aids

Adlib catalogue and copy of handlist available in researcher's area.

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Grace Biggins

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying and digital photography (without flash) is permitted for research purposes on completion of the Library's Copyright Declaration form and with respect to current UK copyright law.