Business advice


We understand that starting and growing your business can be challenging. We offer support by:

  • signposting you to business help available
  • providing sources of business finance
  • making property available to you
  • networking organisations in the borough
  • providing recruitment support

Help is also available from the following organisations, programmes, initiatives and schemes.


Starting your business Click to get info

Start Up Loans

The Start Up Loans Company offers a financing and mentoring solution for entrepreneurs to start a business and help it succeed.

The business loan ranges from £2,500 to £10,000, and each loan is coupled with an expert mentor from your region and industry who will support you in the initial phase of business development.

Start Up Loan recipients will be able to pay back across a five year period, at a fixed rate of 6%. If you have a business idea and are looking to take it off the ground, fill out this short application form.

For more information, visit Start Up Loans.

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you're getting certain benefits. 

Enterprise for London help start-ups and entrepreneurs build the confidence and skills to succeed. provide information on starting a company or support from Jobcentre Plus to start your own business.

Set up as a sole trader via the HMRC website.

Growing your business Click to get info

Make it Global is a programme of free business support run by the University of East London for women-led SME’s in London, supporting them to grow their business internationally.

Enterprise Europe Network helps your business innovate, grow and succeed in the European marketplace. 

Innovate UK work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.

London Growth Hub brings together the capital's vast business support offer into a single online resource, connecting you to local businesses who have been supported to start up and grow.

Get information on property enquiries and valuations and view the commercial property register on our estates management webpage.

Further help Click to get info

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us.

Mayors' International Business Programme ia a programme of mentoring, expert advice and real business opportunities for high-growth companies in the life sciences, technology and urban sectors.

Business is Great will help you to find government-backed support and finance for business, including grants, loans, mentoring and funding.

Federation of Small Businesses offer not for profit small business advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in UK government.

Contact Click to get info

Business Unit
G07 Sycamore House,
Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex,
Forest Road,
London E17 4JF

Phone: 020 8496 3000