Enterprise Week offers help to grow your business

Published: Wednesday 17th January 18

Wandsworth businesses can get help to start up and grow with a week of talks, advice sessions, networking opportunities, workshops and events.

Business people and entrepreneurs can book their place now on the fifth annual Wandsworth Enterprise Week from March 5-10. It is organised by the council’s Economic Development Office, which works to help the borough’s business sector thrive. 

Thomasina Miers

Guest speakers will include:

  • Thomasina Miers – Founder, Wahaca
  • Rebecca Burn-Callender – Former enterprise editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph.
  • Julius O’Dowd -  Commercial lead, BBC Broadcast Operations.
  • Clive Lewis – Head of enterprise, ICAEW
  • Kate Bassett – Management Today
  • Martin McTague, National Policy Director, Federation of Small Business

Highlights of the week include:

Step Up Your Start Up with event partner Virgin StartUp

1-2-1 advice clinics on subjects including branding, cashflow, marketing, law and business rates.

Women’s Enterprise Day – a panel discussions, workshops and coaching session on the driving range at the Central London Golf Club

Meet the Food Buyer – one of several events targets at food businesses 

The Wandsworth Business Forum –  panel discussion and an opportunity to network

The Wandsworth Pitch - 16-30 year olds get a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel and receive start-up funding.

The Food Exchange at New Covent Garden Market will sponsor food enterprise events; Battersea Arts Centre will sponsor sessions for the creative sector and Virgin StartUp is an event partner. Other organisations taking part include Google Digital Garage, the Prince’s Trust, Newable, Business Launchpad, the Design Trust, the Intellectual Property Office, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).

Wandsworth’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said: “Our business community is the lifeblood of the borough and we’re keen to help establish businesses thrive and encourage new start-ups. Wandsworth Enterprise Week has events for all types of businesses, including our thriving food and digital sectors. Most events are completely free, so make the most of the advice and expertise on offer.”

Ian Mason, Head of Development at Virgin StartUp, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Wandsworth Borough Council to support the delivery of Wandsworth Enterprise Week 2018.  We’re excited to meet local residents, hear their ideas and help to grow them into sustainable businesses and strongly encourage everyone interested in starting or growing a business to come along and find out how to make it happen!”

Wandsworth Enterprise Week takes place between March 5-10 at venues across the borough and the majority of events are free. Numbers are limited so must be booked in advance. Priority will be given to Wandsworth businesses and residents.

To find out more about any of these events, or to book your place, visit www.wandsworthenterpriseweek.biz or email wew@wandsworth.gov.uk

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Enterprise Week offers help to grow your business
Zdravka Atanasova

22 January 2018

Why don’t you save existing businesses first. Many established for decades. They’re not closing due to lack of trade but due to relaxed planning legislation where Landlords are the main beneficiaries including WBC. The argument that it is central government policy but what have you done to stem the tide ? Has WBC informed and put pressure on the government of the flawed policy or is it a case of must not upset the party bigwigs as we are in the same club? “Businesses are the lifeblood of the Borough “. What about the leeches? I predict more Independent businesses to close. Look at the trend.
S Patel

19 January 2018