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 Thamesmead events to support local businesses and grow the local economy.

Our Thamesmead Business & Enterprise 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:

Business Support:

Bright Ideas Trust

Bright Ideas Trust can help you start a business, gain access to mentoring and expert business support. Available if you are between 16-30 years old.  



Gov.uk has lots of information on how to start a business, such as getting funding, researching your market, development and planning, setting up your business and how to find partners, suppliers and premises.

You can also find information about business finance, support, grants and loans.


London Growth Hub

London Growth Hub hosts an extensive database of organisations that support start-ups, source funding, provide workspace and business growth opportunities.


The Princes Trust

If you're 18-30, living in the UK and have a business idea or some ideas to explore then The Princess Trust Enterprise programme could be for you.



Nwes offers free business advice and support programmes to start-ups in London, and young businesses ready to scale-up.


Business Support Organisation:

British Library: Business & IP Centre

British Library: Business & IP Centre is a valuable source of information on intellectual property, advice sessions with experts and business training.


Business Debtline

Business Debtline offers free advice to help your business deal with debt or cash flow problems.


Get Set For Growth

GetSet is a specialist service tailored for small businesses with the potential and ambition for sustainable growth.

If you're looking for some expert support to help get your business to the next level, the GetSet teams of business, finance, marketing and sales strategists are ready to get to work.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the Government department in charge of tax revenues.

They have information for businesses with tax or benefit questions.


London Growth Hub

London Growth Hub hosts an extensive database of organisations that support start-ups, source funding, provide workspace and business growth opportunities.

London & Partners

London & Partners is the official foreign direct investment agency for London.

They can help your business expand in London, by identifying opportunities and connecting you with expert advisors.


Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-driven service for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) looking for support to grow internationally by exporting from the UK. Companies can work together and share information, advice and support about export market opportunities and means of entry.

The information, answers, advice and articles on Open to Export are all composed by the site's users, community and key contributors.


Business membership groups:

Business in the Community

Business in the Community is a business group which helps its membership to develop corporate responsibility and tackle some of the largest problems facing businesses in Britain. Telephone: 020 7566 8650 Email: [email protected] 

Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is the UK's top business lobby. Membership with them confers a range of benefits and influence which can help your business. Telephone: 020 7379 7400.


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is the UK's leading business organisation. It lobbies in support of self-employed and small business owners, and provides business services and legal advice to members.

Communicating with disabled people 

Gov.uk's guides on inclusive communications cover all areas of communication with disabled people from appropriate language and images, to channels and formats.