More than a thousand get help to grow their business at Wandsworth Enterprise week

Published: 16 March 2017

More than 1100 local business people went along to one of the Wandsworth Enterprise Week events to learn how to help their firm flourish.

They picked up tips from top business leaders during a week of free talks, workshops, networking opportunities, advice sessions and more.

Businesses unable to get along during the week can still access a wide range of support. Find out more.

Wandsworth Enterprise Week offered help and support to people considering setting up a business in the borough, as well as giving established businesses and existing start-ups support to grow.

Virgin StartUp, NatWest, Prince’s Trust, the Design Trust, Google,  Newable, Business Today magazine, the Intellectual Property Office, Seedrs, New Covent Garden Market, Young Enterprise, Workspace, Blue Dot Consulting and Hodders Law all went along to share their expertise and give advice.

Ethical children’s wear company Little Lights of the World beat 20 other fledgling companies invited to pitch in the dragons’ den. The dragons were Ian Mason, Head of development at Virgin StartUp, the council’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy, Clive Lewis, Head of Enterprise, ICAEW, Nick Howe, Regional Manager at NatWest and Holly Anna Scarsella from Pampelone Clothing.

The winner has won a package of help including a feature on the Virgin StartUp website, free accountancy services from The Tax Guys, mentoring and more.

The week came to a close with the Young Enterprise Trade Fair. This event saw student companies selling their products, to members of the public at Southside Shopping Centre. The award for Best Product went to Cushion Co from Putney High School for their heated cushions.

One of the attendees, James B, said “Thank you for putting on such good range of events, my partner and I attended the Business Forum last night and we have really benefitted from the advice.”

Cllr Caddy said:  “It was fantastic to see so many local businesses at Wandsworth Enterprise Week. We know how important it is to have a healthy and vibrant business sector full of successful SMEs and start-ups and I would encourage all borough business to see what other help is available from the council throughout the year.”

The council offers a package of business support, including specialist help for food and digital companies, one-to-one advice sessions and advice on supplying the Nine Elms regeneration area. Find out more at