Business support websites
The following organisations provide professional advice and support to established and new businesses:
ACAS: aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. They provide up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and work with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance..
Assist With Solutions: work with small and medium sized (SME) businesses to identify and eliminate business and financial risks and to promote sustainable growth. Each member of the team has successfully built their own companies and that experience gives them an in-depth understanding of the factors needed to build a successful business, not to mention the pressures and challenges facing business owners that cannot be learnt at any business school. Their highly popular Business Booster growth workshops are free but booking is essential. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Branduin Business Support in Partnership with the Chamber of Commerce: Wandsworth Chamber has teamed up with Branduin Business Support to provide quality-assured business support. The service provides local access to high quality, professional business advice and support. Experienced business advisors and specialists will work with you to help you meet the goals for your business. There is no 'off the shelf' solution from the team and support is always made to measure and based on an extensive analysis of the needs of your company. Branduin hold Business Clinics in conjunction with the Chamber. Pre-book your 1 hour slot for advice on any business issue you are grappling with, telephone 020 8785 0188.
Business Launchpad: 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.
Business Rates: information on business rates, or to contact Wandsworth Council’s business rates section.
Capital Enterprise (CE): a not-for-profit membership organisation which exists to help businesses start-up and grow through its membership of enterprise support organisations (enterprise agencies) across London. CE run member services and oversee pan-London enterprise support programmes to clients through their members. It also act as a voice for their members with major London stakeholder & funding bodies in the enterprise support sector, such as the LDA, Learning & Skills Council and Business Link.
Chartered Management Institute: The Chartered Management Institute is the only chartered professional body that is dedicated to management and leadership. They are committed to raising the performance of business by championing management. They do this through supporting and advising individuals and organisations, or through engaging policy makers and key influencers in government and the management profession.
Communities and Local Government: this government department has responsibility for a range of issues including Planning, Building Regulations and Regeneration. In particular this department publishes a free advice booklet entitled "Thinking of taking on a business premises", see link above under Business Premises (Advice).
Confederation of British Industry: works actively on a wide range of areas that have huge importance for the business community.
Cross River Partnership: Cross River Partnership's creative regeneration solutions, creates physical and social links between the two sides of the river in central London, breaking down barriers and creating conditions for economic growth.
Department for International Trade (DIT): Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK.
Entrepreneurs Circle: offers support to SME's, start-ups, or sole traders that are aiming to grow their businesses. They look to complement entrepreneurs' existing skills by providing support in sales and marketing which are keys to successful growth. They offer a free monthly workshop and will also work closely with businesses on a one to one basis and if appropriate advise where they might be able to secure outside help.
HM Revenue and Customs: things you need to think about when you're running a business, especially the main tax and National Insurance issues.
Jobcentre Plus: has one of Britain's largest databases of job vacancies, which is updated constantly. Thousands of new jobs are available every week. You can also look for voluntary work which can help you develop and learn new skills while you're looking for a job.
Law Society: solicitor/lawyer business advice.
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry: created by businesses in London to help each other and to make London a place where business thrives.
London First: mobilises businesses and other organisations to commit to using their leadership, knowledge and networks of contacts to improve and promote the capital.
Marigold Training: works in partnership with voluntary and government projects to make training accessible to people from 'hard to reach' and the 'disadvantaged' groups. They also provide accredited introductory awards from the prestigious Chartered Management Institute.
Prevista: provides accessible and effective support, training and quality advice to small and medium sized businesses across London. Specialist advice for new, start up and established businesses, staff and management development, structured business advice and support (such as business plan development, finance and money, marketing, accessing finance, staff training and human resources).
Roehampton University: tailor made solutions including consultancy research and development courses and training, professional development, student recruitment and placements, conference facilities and other business services.
Skills Funding Agency: is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and their job is to fund and regulate adult further education and skills training in England. Their mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England's economy. They do this in the context of policy set by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and informed by the needs of businesses, communities and sector and industry bodies.
Skills Training UK Ltd: provides a "Routes to Employment" advisory service in conjunction with Job Centre Plus.
Social Enterprise Coalition: UKs national body for social enterprise. The voice for the sector, influencing national policy and promoting best practice.
South London Partnership (SLP): promotes the interests of South London. It has an ambitious vision, identifying broad areas for action, underpinned by investment in public transport and service, to create a vigorous and diverse economy in South London. Brings business, public sector, health, transport and education together. The SLP consists of the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth; Kingston University; Business Link for London; London South Learning and Skills Council, South London Business and South London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
South Thames College: has a dedicated professional training division delivering quality work related training programmes, including apprenticeships, to businesses at competitive rates. Our experienced team works closely with local businesses to help guide you through the maze of government initiatives and funding available to help you upgrade the skills of your staff. Services include advice and bespoke training, training needs analysis, individualised qualification frameworks and on-premises training. Call 020 8918 7272 to speak to one of our Account Managers.
StartUp Britain: StartUp Britain is designed to make it easier for new companies and innovations to flourish and encourage people who aspire to start new businesses to work for themselves.
Tenders Direct: providing information on government and utility company tenders to corporate clients in the UK and the rest of Europe. Wandsworth Council actively encourages businesses in the borough to tender for Council contracts.
The Prince's Trust: support for 11-30 year olds who are unemployed and of limited means to start business. Soft loans/grants/on-going business support.
Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce: advice, networking and services for members. Specialist Workshops. Information. Business Directory.
Wandsworth Council - Adult and Community Learning: education and training opportunities for adults. Family learning.
Westminster Kingsway College: high quality bespoke training programmes to businesses across London. Identify training needs. Skills to maintain the competitive edge.
Young People in Business: Shell LiveWIRE helps 16-30 year olds to start and develop their own business and hosts a national competition for new business start-ups.