Support and Resources for Businesses in London
London is a great place for emerging, exciting businesses as well as the big boys of tech and industry. With the staggering array of options available it can sometimes be overwhelming when you need to look for a bit of help for your business in London. Finding support and resources for businesses in London can be tricky.
Whether you’re a small one-man band or a massive global conglomerate, businesses all go through tough times and could use a bit of a boost. We’ve gathered together a short list of the best places to get support and extra resources for your London business.
Your Local Borough
As you’ll know, London is split into 32 individual boroughs. Each of these boroughs will offer businesses on their patch a range of services that provide support to their local entrepreneurs. There are obviously London-wide opportunities, but we’d wager you’ll get more initial bang for your buck by going local.
Remember – your borough wants to see you thrive as a business, so get in touch and see what they have to offer. Most boroughs have business portals or networking events – but delve deeper and you may find some even more interesting options, like how to get a parking permit for your business.
Your Local BID
Not every London Borough will necessarily have a BID or business improvement district. Some may have more than one. A BID is an organization set up to use professional expertise and experience to deliver improvements to a specific area.
Outside of London this is usually a town or city centre, but in our capital it is widened out to cover bigger areas or smaller important retail districts within a London Borough. You can find details of the areas covered by BIDs in London here.
The London Business Hub
The London Business Hub is a central location for businesses looking for free, impartial help. The site provides access to free business support programmes, webinars, events and more. In particular the Hub is blessed with excellent networking opportunities.
Supported by the Mayor of London and funded by the London Economic Action Partnership and the European Regional Development Fund the Business Hub is dedicated to making it as simple as possible for you to grow your business. Check it out.
App Development and Mobile Consultancy
Thinking about building an app for your business but not sure how to start or whether your idea is technically or commercially viable? Why not hit up Apptaura for a free 15-minute consultation.
We offer businesses in London a range of app development services and support, from building a new app from scratch to taking over a nightmare app development project and supporting and updating old and out-of-date mobile apps. We’re 45 minutes from central London, so get in touch if you’d like advice from an award-winning app development agency near London.
Enterprise for London
Enterprise for London is an essential service providing support and resources for businesses in London. They are the capital’s business support organisation for aspiring start-ups and established entrepreneurs, providing a positive and supportive environment for businesses to fulfil their potential and create sustainable economic growth. They even provide access to start up loans for new businesses.
London Business Support Service
Looking for mentorship or advice from someone who’s already made a success of their business? Then look no further than the London Business Support Service who offer regular one-to-one business advice sessions at the British Library.
London Chamber of Commerce
London’s largest independent business network, membership of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry gives your business the opportunity to build valuable relationships, access a host of support services and contribute to LCCI’s influencing activities. They run a range of exceptional events and webinars as well as publicly fighting for businesses in London.