London-South Business Advice

London-South Business Advice
London-South Business Advice

London-South businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.

How to Start a Business Step-by-Step
How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

Business Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

"You don't know what you don't know!" Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.

Business Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

This very popular infographic provides a colourful visual walk through the start-up process and used to occupy the centre pages of our Start-Up newspapers.

Business Plan Template and Instructions
Business Plan Template and Instructions

One of the most important steps but is often ignored. This document will provide you with a clear road-map for your business.

Start Your Own Business CD
Start Your Own Business CD

We have created a CD based upon the start-up map. You can now download and enjoy the whole of this unique interactive experience.

How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation
How to Start a Business Powerpoint Presentation

Designed to compliment the business plan template, this presentation can be personalised and you are welcome to use it (free).

Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.

Latest Advice Articles

If you run your own business in London-South and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

London-South Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the London-South area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

The Business First Steps will help you turn what you love into multiple income streams. Business First Steps can help you package your passion and create new products and services from what you love and enjoy. You do not have to leave your job to package your passion, just work it alongside what you currently do. Whether you are starting out or already in business, Business First Steps will help you develop your idea into viable and relevant products and services that meet current needs in the marketplace. We will help you develop the right structure for your business and set you up so you can start doing what you truly love and enjoy. We also provide follow-on support for up to twelve months so you have someone cheering you all the way and work stress-free too.
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Helping businesses to protect themselves from the Number 1 Risk to business. We help all businesses to protect themselves from Cyber Crime Data Theft and help business to comply with the UK data protection regulations and GDPR. Valuable information on how to keep your business safe and protect your reputation. Our mission is to promote an understanding of the dangers of Cyber and Data losses to new businesses and how with a little planning the threats can be reduced by up to 80%. No technical knowledge is required. We have simple information and easy to implement programs to help you comply with the law. Happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Project Management & Business consultancy. We can provide a project manager on a contract or interim basis. We also consult on a range of business and management issues. With offices in London & Manchester we are well placed to serve the UK and International clients.
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Here at Brunel University London we are eager to help both small and large organisations through a range of business support services. In particular: We are one of the UK’s top 10% of Universities for innovation and business partnerships Brunel is highly successful at finding funding for research with industry partners Brunel has fifty years of experience in matching placement students to businesses who provide a cost-effective way of adding innovative thinking and business support to any workforce Brunel students make good employees because the Brunel experience is focussed on the importance of problem-solving, team-working and individual skills development Brunel’s successful approach to research and knowledge transfer is flexible and based on practical solutions to solve issues within any business Brunel has a wide and distinctive range of post-graduate courses that can add valuable depth to the skills of key staff The University works with in excess of 1,700 business, regionally, nationally and internationally. We will work with you to build a strategy for success.
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Business First Steps is the one-stop shop for SME business start-up. We provide the tools to start, develop and grow a business. Our services include idea generation, business plans, start-up packages, brainstorming sessions and much more.
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THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS? There’s a lot to consider when starting a business, and setting up a viable enterprise requires careful planning and research. You will need to know if your idea is feasible; if it will make you enough money; how to prepare your business plan; where to find customers; whether to register as Limited company, work as a sole trader or another form of business; where to go to raise finance; how to comply with legal requirements and a lot more! Research shows that new entrepreneurs taking advantage of professional advice, training and support are likely to perform better in the early stages than those who don’t. Business for London’s FREE Introduction to Starting a Business Seminar provides the ideal opportunity to discover what’s involved in running a business, ask questions and decide whether it’s the right route for you. After you have attended the seminar you will be able to access a whole range of start up support services specifically designed to guide, inform and inspire you to be successful in business. Additional services include: dedicated advice and guidance from our experienced Advisers who can help you get to grips with the essentials such as business planning, marketing, raising finance and managing cash flow and accounts.
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Support for young people aged 16-30 to start and develop a business. Free introductory workshops. Free One to One business counselling. Accredited training such as short courses and workshops. Low cost Business Start-Up Units.
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We provide bespoke business services to help entrepreneurs and business organisations achieve sustained expansion and growth. Learn to succeed using our outstanding Business Simulations
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With over 30 years experience of providing impartial advice and hands on support to start-up and trading businesses; from securing finance, to mentoring, expanding business ideas, training and practical help to set up and run a business. Our offices, in the heart of Kings Cross London, also include conference and meeting room hire, plus office incubation and workshop spaces to rent.
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City Business Library - The City Business Library provides specialist information resources to start ups and business owners. It is not necessary to be a library member, but members can access some resources remotely. Topics covered include business start-up, export and market research.
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If you are thinking about starting a business Enterprise for London is running one-to-one advice and training across London to help you start and grow your business. The advice team will help you develop your business skills, access finance, improve your confidence, so that you are more likely to start and run a successful business. Start-up Loans An access-to-finance programme for businesses looking to secure funding up to 10k.
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JenniferBroadley.com works with corporate leaders and successful women entrepreneurs who want big results.
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Often compared to riding a roller coaster, starting up or also running a business most certainly comes with its twists and turns. What’s more, it’s not just more fun together, it’s also more encouraging and less daunting if experienced together. To make your business journey more enjoyable and successful, we offer 1:1 advice sessions with our experienced business growth advisors, who have extensive experience and knowledge in strategic business planning and development, new market penetration, business funding and much more. By helping you challenge your status quo and assumptions, set strategic goals, find specialist skills and sometimes just by providing a sounding board to bounce off your ideas, we will guide you to the next level of your enterprise, whichever stage you’re at: starting up, trading or growing.
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London Business School is one of the world’s elite business schools. We shape business practice and transform careers across the globe. Our academic strength drives original and provocative business thinking, empowering our people to challenge conventional wisdom in a truly unique academic environment.
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ondon School of Business and Finance was established in 2003, and has grown from a single college focused on professional qualifications to a business school providing executive education courses as well as postgraduate degrees delivered online.
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If you have identified an area of the business mix that you need some support in, a particular problem that you want to solve, or an opportunity that you want to evaluate, the student-led Business Solutions Centre can help you. The Business Solutions Centre is staffed by Student Advisers who have been through a comprehensive recruitment and training process. A member of LSBU staff will supervise the Advisers.
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Supporting Young Entrepreneurs London Youth Support Trust (LYST) was established in 2000 with a simple aim: to break down the barriers young entrepreneurs from deprived backgrounds face when starting their own business; these included a lack of affordable workspace, finance, advice and support. We opened an enterprise centre in Deptford in 2001 to house a small number of businesses. We provided them with an affordable business unit over a 2 year period (subsidising their rent). The centre was run by a manager who could provide business advice, mentoring and co-ordinate specialist training. We continue to offer this model of support and we currently operate from 5 enterprise centres across London.
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London Small Business Centre is one of the leading enterprise agencies in the capital providing funding, workspaces, training and face-to-face advice and mentoring to aspiring and thriving entrepreneurs. We’re for the person who wants to start their own small business and be their own boss. It’s for the person wanting a career change, the person wanting to take control, chase their dream and make an impact. Formerly known as East London Small Business Centre, London Small Business Centre is for the visionary who doesn’t settle, doesn’t compromise and isn’t afraid to take that leap of faith which is necessary to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.
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The PopUp Business School run start-up events to help people start small businesses and making money doing what they love. Our approach is the polar opposite of traditional approaches to starting a business. We dont believe in business plans and we definitely dont believe in loans or grants because this puts more people off than it helps. Well show you how to start without spending any money, make a great website for free, and get you to your first sale.
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Take control of your destiny by working for yourself Are you thinking about starting your own business? Let us help you decide, start your business with guidance from SEE. We provide practical, impartial advice in confidence to individuals thinking about starting in business. No matter what stage you have reached with your business idea, maybe its just a seed of an idea at the moment or perhaps you are well on the way with a fully developed plan or you are on the verge of actually starting to trade, we can offer you guidance, one to one advice and our expert advisers provide on-going support, tailored to meet your needs. Let us help you turn your idea into a practical reality.
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Startups.co.uk is a great resource for anyone thinking about starting a business and the site includes a series of pages that feature the best places in Britain to start-up. This page is dedicated to the City of London
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We give mums the training, inspiration and confidence they need to get back into work, change direction or start their own businesses. We’ve already helped thousands of women achieve flexible careers that fit around their family lives. If you dream of being your own boss, our business training can turn your ideas into reality. From cash flow and customers, to mentors and social media, it’s bursting with practical advice and support.
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The Sustainable Business Partnership CIC is currently delivering the Utilise Plus programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Utilise Plus helps small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to save money by taking control of their energy use, with grants of up to £5,000, free energy audits, and various events.
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A new business magazine supporting entrepreneurs on the road to success
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The Business and IP Centre at the British Library at St Pancras has many useful free resources to help business start-ups and is open six days a week, including evenings Monday – Friday. Resources include databases, publications and industry guides, which provide essential information such as competitor analysis and intellectual property basics. Start-ups can also access free and low-cost advice through workshops, webinars and one-to-one sessions. The Business and IP Centre’s website also provides a range of articles on starting your business, protecting your intellectual property and growing your business.
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We write bespoke business plans with full market research and financial forecasts for a fixed rate of
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Get your fledgling business idea off the ground with expert advice, practical support and networking opportunities. ur advisors are entrepreneurs in their own right. They can advise you on the issues you’re facing, challenge you to grow and connect you to the people, resources and opportunities that will keep you moving in the right direction.
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Whether you have a business idea youd like to explore or youre already running a successful business, our team of experienced Business Advisors can provide you with advice, guidance and support. Here at Wenta we deliver face-to-face business advice and support in Watford, Stevenage, Potters Bar, Enfield, and Luton. You can also receive online business advice via our live chat feature plus, you can access a wealth of FREE useful articles and resources on our Business Bookshelf.
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“West London Business is the voice of business in North-West London, covering seven local authority areas. We are a company limited by guarantee, owned and led by the private sector.”
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Start Up Funding