Still time to get business support

Published: Tuesday 22nd September 15

There’s still time to get one-to-one advice on how to grow your business at a roving pop-up business support sessions visiting Wandsworth libraries this week.

Launched on Monday (September 21), the pop-up is offering free advice, workshops and networking to help Wandsworth micro businesses, small firms and sole traders start-up and thrive.

Leader of the council Ravi Govindia (right) at the launch

The week-long pop-up is a collaboration between Wandsworth Council, small business network Enterprise Nation and business insurance provider Simply Business.

Esin Akin gets advice

So far more than 200 businesses have booked their place on advice sessions and workshops being given by independent consultancies and organisations such as KMPG, NatWest,Simply Business and the Federation of Small Business.

Local business people who attended Monday’s session at Wandsworth Library included luxury handbag designer Esin Akan who wanted tax and financial advice so she could take her business to the next level.

"I am pleased with the number of different support services here this morning - this is just the sort of thing I need. Juggling being a mum with working means you don't have much spare time."

Also at the session was Jay Matic who wants to set up a pop-up Phillipino restaurant in Wandsworth.

“I live in Battersea and there is no good Philippino food - it's a great opportunity. Andrew the advisor was really helpful - he was able to tell me exactly which websites to go to so I can kick this thing off. I'm very excited."

Jay with advisor Andrew

There is still time for other entrepreneurs and business owners to book a place at upcoming sessions.

Different workshops will be offered every day and there will be lunchtime ‘power hour’ workshops. Bookable and drop- in one-to-one sessions are also available throughout the day, where advisers will be in hand to answer your questions.

The remaining sessions are:

  • September 23 Tooting Library – Sales and Marketing and Social Media for Business session
  • September 24 Battersea Library – Techniques on Leadership and Management and Access to Finance
  • September 25 York Gardens Library – Learn How to Recruit a Team

Visit http://www.wandsworth.gov.ukbusinesssupport/ or www.enterprisenation.com/popups, or call (020) 8871 7807.

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