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Thamesmead has a thriving start-up community. Every month we run pop-up markets where local businesses can showcase and sell products to local residents. We launched our Made in Thamesmeadevents to support local businesses and grow the local economy.

Our Thamesmead Economic Inclusion Team works with a network of groups and organisations offering support. Together, we can develop your idea and help you to make this a reality. We can also help you understand tax laws and the legal aspects of forming a company, discuss the pros and cons of self-employment, and give support around writing a business plan, marketing, branding, staffing and funding tips.

If you’re a creative individual or an aspiring entrepreneur living in or around Thamesmead, we want to hear from you. Without adequate support, almost everyone falls into common pitfalls or overlooks aspects of forming their own business – we’re available to make sure you don’t have to.

Get in touch today and get your business idea off the ground or see below for support across London:

 


 

Central Government 

 

The place to find government business and self-employment support and information.

Access specific information including: Benefits, Business and self-employment, Money and tax, guidance and other government departments.

 

Business Support (www.businesssupport.gov.uk)

This website helps you find the right support, advice and information to help with your business. The Government is doing its best to stand behind businesses and is asking businesses to do their best to stand behind their workers.

 

Access specific information including: News, Finance & Business Planning, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Talent, Exporting, Scheme information on funding, tax, business rates, sick pay and employee retention.

 

Business Support Helpline (England):(www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline)

Telephone: 0300 456 3565 (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm)

Business Support (www.businesssupport.gov.uk/browse/business)

Sign up to the Industrial Strategy Bulletin for the latest news and information(https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDECC/subscriber/new?preferences=true)

 


 

Mayor’s Office

Official website of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and the 25 London Assembly Members.

Access specific information including: Policy, news, jobs, business and economy, information and contacts.

Business & Economy(www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/business-and-economy)

 


 

London Growth Hub

 

​The London Growth Hub has brought together the capital’s vast business support offer into a single online resource. The site also brings you closer to other businesses through their online forum and case studies that show how businesses have been supported to start up and grow.

 


 

London Borough of Bexley

 

Official website for the London Borough of Bexley. Providing access to all local authority departments and services. 

Access specific information including: Benefits, news, business rates, information and contacts.

Business in Bexley(www.bexley.gov.uk/services/business-bexley)

Bexley for Business (www.bexleyforbusiness.co.uk)

Bexley for Business is the London Borough of Bexley’s business engagement programme, providing support and guidance for all types of Bexley businesses.

Bexley for Business Newsletter

Bexley for Business Newsletter – is a communication tool they are actively using and will be a main platform for sharing information with businesses. To stay up-to-date, all businesses are being encouraged to sign-up to receive e-alerts. Register on: 

(https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKBEXLEY/subscriber/new?preferences=true#tab1)

 


 

Royal Borough of Greenwich

Official website for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Providing access to all local authority departments and services. 

Access specific information including: Benefits, news, business rates, information and contacts.

Business and Licences(www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/200208/business_and_licences)

 

Royal Greenwich Business e-Alert

Royal Greenwich Business e-Alert – is a communication tool they are actively using and will be a main platform for sharing information with businesses. To stay up-to-date, all businesses are being encouraged to sign-up to receive e-alerts. Register on:

www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/businessnews

 


 

South East London Chamber of Commerce

Official website for the South East London Chamber of Commerce. As the representative body for the South East London business community, they provide access to support, an extensive network of contacts and members and up to date information.

 


 

Federation of Small Businesses

UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group. Not for profit membership organisation helping smaller businesses across the UK by providing business services and products to their members including: Advice, Legal Protection, PR/Crisis Management, Cyber Protection, Insurance Services, Debt Recovery, Employment Protection and Legal Services.

For advice and information on joining FSB, please contact our dedicated Membership Adviser Rachel Barham.  [email protected]or call on 07979 504080.

https://join.fsb.org.uk/ma/12500228

 


 

British Library

National Library of the United Kingdom providing access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. Supporting innovation and economic growth to the British Business Community.  Providing a host of information to businesses of all sizes.

 

Business and IP Centre (www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre)

Start-ups in London Libraries(www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre/start-ups-in-london-libraries)

 

London libraries are transforming the way ideas grow into successful businesses. By partnering with ten London boroughs, they are developing a community of new and existing business owners, which is free to join and open to everyone. Whether you are just setting out, need advice on protecting your intellectual property, or simply have a brilliant idea you want to discuss. 

 


 

CNT Associates Ltd

Business and Community services company working with businesses, social enterprises, education providers, and other civil sector organisations.  Services provided include training, coaching, mentoring, fundraising and support accessing funding and writing bids and applications.

 

For business advice or support with funding applications contact Gary Parker, Managing Director – [email protected]or call 07786 628512.

 


 

GCDA

GCDA- Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency supports communities to be healthy and sustainable.  Developing enterprises which meet their economic and social needs.  Support includes business advice, training, food business specific support with access to their extensive network of businesses and partners.

Enterprise Support (www.gcda.coop/enterprise)

 


 

East London Business Place

East London Business Place (ELBP) is a support and supply-chain brokerage organisation which develops the business competitiveness of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) across London and the Thames Gateway.  Support includes information, advice and guidance, business support and access to extensive network of contacts.

 

Building Legacies Programme (www.elbp.co.uk/building-legacies-programme)

 

If you need business support now and post-crisis then please contact Clive Jelf, Business Growth Manager for the Royal Borough of Greenwich directly on [email protected]or call 07583 150566.

 


 

South East Enterprise

South East Enterprise is one of the leading enterprise agencies in London providing a range of business services for start-up and established businesses.  Support includes business advice, accessing finance and access to their extensive business network.

 


 

PopUp Business School 

 

The PopUp Business School was founded in 2012 and was established to teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to start a business with no money and without the need to write a business plan.  They deliver free in-person and virtual live business training events providing inspiration, practical help and a growing community to support entrepreneurs.  They also provide a number of online free resources including a ‘Business Survival Guide,’ podcasts and video content on a host of business related topics.

 


 

The Princes Trust 

 

The Princes Trust has helped over 86,000 young people to start their own business.  They provide support to young people aged 18-30 years old living in the UK looking to turn their ideas into a reality.