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Start Your Own Business in Wandsworth

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


If you are thinking about starting a business in Wandsworth or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Wandsworth contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Wandsworth since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Wandsworth

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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Download the 2021 edition of our Free Start Your Own Business guide

An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc.

Start Your Own Business in Wandsworth
Read more about what our Free guide contains and how you can download it.

What do you get in the guide?

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Wandsworth.


Easy to follow step by step guide

Business set-up

Choosing the right structure

Getting online

Online marketing, social media

Local support

Where to find help and support


Work from home or premises?

Employing staff

How to find and recruit

Before you start

The reality of running a business

Finance & funding

Your funding options

Law & insurance

The key considerations

Business planning

Are you ready?

Accountancy & tax

Tax and VAT explained

Business directory

Useful contacts

Market research

Is there a gap in the market?

Business networking

Tips and local groups

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Key Contacts in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Business Directory and Guide
The Wandsworth Business Directory and Guide is a free comprehensive guide to diverse products and services available in Wandsworth. The publication, which is published in partnership with Burrows Communications, lists of 2,000 local businesses (online) and provides a useful overview of the borough and its economy, as well as useful summary of business-related Council services. It also explains why Wandsworth is such a great place to live, work, start and grow a business.
Wandsworth Council Business Support
The business support page on contains information and links covering: business advice and support, Business Improvement Districts, The Wandsworth Business Directory and Guide, Open4Business, shop local, sources of finance, and Wandsworth Enterprise Hub events. The Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU
The Wandsworth Open4Business e-newsletter provides you with regular updates and useful information to help your business succeed and thrive in Wandsworth. It is brought to you by the Economic Development Office.
Wandsworth support programme
Branduin Business Support and the London Borough of Wandsworth work together to provide a support programme to businesses across the Borough. Branduin Business Support has been working with Wandsworth Chamber since 2013 to provide quality-assured business support, and is delighted to announce that we will be working with Wandsworth Council to deliver a range of free business support solutions to help businesses across the Borough to grow.
Wandsworth Enterprise Hub
Supporting small businesses in Wandsworth. An online Gateway to business support. Established by Wandsworth Council’s Economic Development Office, the one-stop platform is designed to help and inspire entrepreneurs to start-up, reset and grow their Wandsworth business. We want to help local entrepreneurs realise their ambitions, and have partnered with a range of national, regional and local organisations and expert advisers to help deliver an exciting range of free support programmes, 1-1 advice, webinars and events. So whether you’re an established business looking to scale up, a new start-up, or an aspiring entrepreneur looking to turn your ideas into a reality, we hope that this platform can help sign-post you to the right type of support you need for your business.
British Library – Business and IP Centre
The British Library IP Centre provides support to small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. You can access a collection of databases and publications for free and attend workshops and inspiring talks.
Earlsfield Business Network
Earlsfield Business Network Earlsfield Business Network is part of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce - When you join Wandsworth Chamber you are automatically part of the Earlsfield Business Network as well. Be part of the thriving business community in Wandsworth and through this network, focus on improving trade in Earlsfield, celebrating the best in Earlsfield and promoting a 'Shop Local' agenda. With your help and a collaborative spirit we will all achieve so much more, together. Alex Wyatt, Wandsworth Oasis, is the Chairman and driving force for Earlsfield Business Network. If you are an Earlsfield business please email us on or speak to Alex on 07769 295512 or myself and find out how we can promote your business and commerce in Earlsfield together.
Find Networking Events in Wandsworth
Find Networking Events is a major national website dedicated to listing networking events by area. If you are looking for events or planning to run one in Wandsworth, this may well help.
Wandsworth Chamber
Wandsworth Chamber is a great place for start-ups and scale-ups to showcase their businesses, get friendly advice and generate more leads. The more established businesses and our Patron members are already dedicated to supporting our community and championing local business engagement through active participation at hosted events, meetings and through shared corporate social responsibility strategies. Our local knowledge gained through participation in numerous steering groups, town centre meetings, council initiatives, events and collaborations, is not only helpful to our members but also places the chamber as a key influencer and voice for business in the borough, helping to protect the interests of commerce and shape the future. WANDSWORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Studio F8 (Le Bureau), Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, London SW8 3HE
Shop Local
If you are in need of a particular product or service, or want to find out more about the independent shops in your local area, view the Wandsworth specialist independent shops directory (pdf, 6 MB). Visit the My Virtual Wandsworth online directory to find out which independent shops, cafes and restaurants in the borough are providing click and collect, takeaway or trading online. In addition to shopping locally, there are plenty of other easy things you can do to show your support. If you are a local business owner, visit the Wandsworth Enterprise Hub for advice, support and events for your business.
Feee Tailored Advice
The advice clinics which are running as part of the Wandsworth Enterprise Hub are pre-booked 45 minute, confidential sessions, are aimed at business owners as well as those thinking of starting a business. Attendees will have the opportunity to pick the brain of a business expert about any challenges they are facing in their business or how to go about setting up a business.
London Business Hub (wandsworth)
London Borough of Wandsworth provides advice, support and information to startups and established firms in Wandsworth. Business support Wandsworth Council lists the business support services available to startups and small firms in the borough. Website: London Borough of Wandsworth provides advice and guidance on business continuity planning. Website: Financial support Wandsworth Council lists sources of finance available to business and non-profit organisations. Website: Business premises Wandsworth Council provides information on council-owned premises available to rent or buy. Website:
Laura Brown – Virtual Assistant
There are many reasons you may require the services of a virtual assistant. Perhaps your business is growing and you find yourself bogged down with tasks and unable to find the time to dedicate to growing your business. Or you have some tasks that are time consuming and you would just rather not do them yourself . Or maybe you simply loathe administration and would be happy for someone to take it off your hands. I am highly organised, proactive and efficient and I love to really get involved and see the difference a bit of help can make. Your business is successful but without the time to take advantage of its full potential it’s not moving forward. That’s where a virtual assistant comes in. You only pay for the hours you need which is really cost effective as there is no PAYE, equipment, pension, sick days to pay for.
Wandsworth Business Support and Advice
Wandsworth is set on the south bank of the River Thames. It is Londons ninth biggest borough in terms of population and the third biggest inner London borough, in terms of geographical area. A mid-2016 population estimate for the borough was 318,100. Of any London borough, Wandsworth has the lowest rate of unemployment (2017), as well as the 2nd lowest rate of low-paid local employees. Further information, such as mid-year population estimate data, future population trends and projections, the boroughs employment and business statistics and more can be obtained from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Greater London Authority (GLA) and London Datastore. Open4Business e-newsletter Get information to help your business succeed. Subscribe to the service to receive a monthly business e-newsletter by email.
Wandsworth Chamber
Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce is a long established membership organisation that connects, supports, promotes and helps our local businesses to grow. We encourage business membership to promote a buy local economy and so that together we can influence with more weight and make Wandsworth a better place to Work, Live and Play.
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