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Business and IP Centre (BIPC) Local

Waltham Forest Council have invested in a new free enterprise hub to benefit businesses at any stage of their development.

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Welcome to London's first Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Local, launched in partnership with the British Library. We are located on the ground floor of Leytonstone Library. We are steps away from the Leytonstone Central line station. The BIPC Local centre has business development resources, community workspace, and expert advice available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

All support is free for everyone at any stage of their business journey.

  • Drop in to discuss your ideas for a new start up or thriving scale up.
  • Make a one to one appointment with one of our advisors to receive focused help.
  • Bring your laptop and latte and enjoy our bright, welcoming workspace with free wifi in the heart of Leytonstone.

Start your journey here

For free webinar and events:

Take the first step toward building your business by signing up to our Eventbrite page. This page will list our free workshops and webinars. Don't miss any of our great events, workshops and networking opportunities.

For inspiration:

Our Instagram feed is full of inspiration, advice, links to events, and fun engagement posts. Follow us to never miss a post and don’t forget to like and comment!

Sign up for a one to one session with our business advisor, Amy MillerInformation Specialist:

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Explore our business resources

BIPC Local one-to-one advice and support

Get free tailored advice from our in house experts in the comfort of our business centre in Leytonstone or online.

How to access: Speak to Information Specialist, Amy Miller

BIPC Local workshops

How to access: Visit our Eventbrite page. Create an account and follow us to receive updates when we add new events and workshops.

LBWF business newsletter

This free monthly newsletter provides information about grants, networking events, and more to help you stay connected.

How to access: Use our subscription portal to sign up for the business newsletter.

BIPC local databases

Access world renowned information for free through COBRA with your library log in. Additional IBISWorld, Fame, and Beauhurst resources available.

How to access: If you need access to additional database resources, book an appointment with Information Specialist, Amy Miller or contact us.

LBWF adult learning service

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

How to access: Please check the ALS business course list for specific requirements and costs.

Waltham Forest Connected

Waltham Forest Connected is an exciting in person and digital community committed  Waltham Forest’s business community.

Whether you’re starting from scratch with an exciting idea, starting a small business, or growing into new markets, Waltham Forest Connected can offer you support.

Find a local business or list your business on Waltham Forest Connected

Reset. Restart at the British Library

This programme of free webinars and support sessions is back, designed to help you overcome obstacles and thrive in the current climate. We have been listening to you and updated our Reset. Restart programme so that you can continue to benefit from trusted advice and support, wherever you are. You’ll also get to meet and network with other like-minded small business owners whatever stage you’re at.

Learn more about the Reset. Restart programme.

NatWest courses, accelerator, and workshops with us

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 Mentor Digital platform.

Our BIPC Local will run free workshops in collaboration with NatWest. Visit the NatWest website for access to their specialised programmes and mentoring. Events will be held through our Eventbrite page

BIPC Local email out

A monthly email providing curated content of interest to business owners in Waltham Forest.

How to access: Send an email to startups@walthamforest.gov.uk indicating you wish to receive these emails.

Meet our BIPC local ambassadors

A small group of talented local founders have been appointed to act as BIPC Local Ambassadors to keep the Council informed of challenges facing the local business community. Their success, enthusiasm and energy are vital components of the BIPC Local and the community. Click their business links for inspiration:

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Ambassador Naila from London Cushions

Naila Ahmad, Naila Ahmad London

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Ambassador Nevo from Nevo Concept

Nevo Burrell, Nevo Concept

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Ambassadors Patti and Ali from Sweet Paper Creations

Patty and Ali Gurman, Sweet Paper Creations

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Ambassador Marjorie from Price Management Consultancy

Marjorie Price, Price Management Consultancy

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JJ Khun, WIILMA

Local business networking

List your business in the Waltham Forest Connected Business Directory to gain better visibility. You can also search for other businesses in the area by industry as well as further business support programmes and resources.

Further business networks on our Council webpage.

Didn't find what you're looking for?

Our Council website is the portal to all the information you need to plan or grow your local business in Waltham Forest. There is helpful guidance around licensing (pavement, alcohol, food, etc.), planning permissions, commercial property and co working spaces for lease, and much more.

If you need assistance or for all other enquiries:

Pre-trading and start-up guidance, startups@walthamforest.gov.uk

Business growth and recovery guidance, business.growth@walthamforest.gov.uk