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Business advice

Advice, programmes and initiatives to support your business.

Starting your business

The following organisations offer help and advice for starting your new business and running it in the early days:

  • Business and IP Centre (BIPC): Local in partnership with the British Library to benefit businesses at any stage of their development, from early start-ups to established ventures. Workshops are free and ready to be booked.
  • Elevate: A business support programme delivered by CRATE and Newable to help start-ups and scale-ups through the Covid-19 economic recovery period, offering a schedule of free workshops and one-to-one advisory sessions to SMEs in Waltham Forest.
  • Small Business Research + Enterprise Centre: A business information centre with access to free global business data.
  • London Business Hub: Offers a range of business toolkits to help businesses starting out as well as links to relevant support, resources and events.
  • Prince's Trust: Working with 18 to 30 year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality.
  • Intellectual Property Office: The official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights, including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

Growing your business

The following organisations offer help and advice for growing your business:

  • Business and IP Centre (BIPC): Local in partnership with the British Library to benefit businesses at any stage of their development, from early start-ups to established ventures. Workshops are free and ready to be booked.
  • Elevate: A business support programme delivered by CRATE and Newable to help start-ups and scale-ups through the Covid-19 economic recovery period, offering a schedule of free workshops and one-to-one advisory sessions to SMEs in Waltham Forest.
  • e-Business for Growth: helps small business owners engage with and understand how to use digital technology to enhance their online presence; attract more customers and support future growth.
  • London Business Hub: offer a range of services like free advisors and toolkits to help your business to grow.
  • British Library Business and IP Centre: Supporting small businesses to take the right steps to start up and grow.
  • Enterprise Enfield Female Founders Accelerator: Innovative business support and mentoring programme for women who are ready to scale their businesses.
  • Mayors International Business Programme: A programme of mentoring and business opportunities for high-growth companies in the life sciences, technology and urban sectors.

Finance

The following organisations offer help and advice for funding your business:

  • Productive Valley Fund: flexible loan fund to support industry-led growth and celebrate local production and enterprise in the Upper Lee Valley.
  • Newable: Working with businesses at the heart of the economy, unleashing potential, building resilience, championing inclusive growth.
  • Start Up Loans Company: Start or grow your business with the help of a government-backed Start Up Loan and free business support.
  • New Enterprise Allowance: Mentoring and a grant to start your own business if you receive certain state benefits.

Business networks

There are a number of local business networks offering a range of different benefits. A list of local networks can be found on our business network page

Contact the Business Team

Business Growth and Sector Teams

Town Hall,
Forest Road,
London,
E17 4JF