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Join the growing business community in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Council are investing in a new enterprise hub to benefit businesses at any stage of their development, from early start-ups to established ventures. The hub will strategically partner with the British Library to become London’s first local Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC).

Our BIPC will help local founders to be innovative while offering tailored advice, events and workshops, and linking you to other support in the borough.

Below is a table with our current offer. All activities delivered through our BIPC are provided free of charge to local businesses.


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Who runs it

Who it’s for

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Start-ups in London Libraries

Intellectual Property (IP) protection, how to choose a legal structure, writing your business model, social media marketing, and much more

Council in partnership with British Library

Start-ups: People with an idea for a business, or with an early start-up registered in the past 12 months

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Innovating for Growth

Scale-up mentoring, specialist support, and expert advice around strategy, planning and much more

British Library

Scale-ups: Businesses with turnover from £100,000 to £30 million (must apply to be considered but the programme is free)

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Our BIPC workshops

Changing topics like mental resilience for founders, group coaching, how to produce a promotional business video, networking, and much more


Everyone: You can sign up to the workshops that suit you

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Our BIPC 121s

Get tailored 121 advice from our brilliant local SME Champion, Jacqueline Brown


Everyone: Please book a slot for a 121 with our SME Champion

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Our BIPC databases

Access world-renowned information through COBRA, IBISWorld, FAME, and Beauhurst


Everyone: BIPC staff can help you to better understand your market

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Our Adult Learning Service

Access to courses in accounting, finance, marketing, start-ups, hiring apprentices, HR and much more


Everyone: Please check individual course requirements

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Our Connecting Communities voluntary sector group Become a part of a network where you can support other voluntary organisations in the borough and promote your own, stay in touch with a community notice board, and access helpful business support events Council Everyone: Our Connecting Communities team are happy to help you get involved and services are provided free of charge to voluntary organisations and businesses Contact us

NatWest courses, accelerator, workshops

Access to an Entrepreneur Accelerator for growing businesses, an online Business Builder course, Women in Business network, free planning and growth guidance, and mentoring with Local Enterprise Managers and via the MentorDigital platform

NatWest Group in collaboration with the Council

Everyone: Our local BIPC will run free workshops in collaboration with NatWest. Visit their website for access to their specialised programmes and mentoring

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Not sure where you fit or have a specific question? Please find the most relevant contact on the tab below and get in touch with us, we’re happy to help.