If you need help with developing your business idea, there are some excellent guides available.
Nwes offers many services to small enterprises including one-to-one business advice, training and serviced business premises.
You can access help in starting or running a business through the Government-backed Business Support Helpline.
Telephone: 0300 456 3565
Textphone: 0191 581 0052
The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.
The Start ups in London Libraries programme is designed to help aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs from all walks of life turn their business idea into a reality, or to elevate their new business to the next stage. Through the network of ten London borough libraries, grassroots business support is delivered almost directly to your doorstep.
Whether you have always wanted to start a business, or have just taken your first steps into entrepreneurship, the programme will give you the skills, information and know-how you need to build a viable business.
Visit one of the partner libraries to access a range of free services, including:
You will also meet like-minded people and gain the confidence you need to make your business a success.
Nwes works throughout London, the East of England and East Midlands supporting people to start or grow small enterprises across all sectors, including creative enterprises, fashion, retail and food businesses. Services include 1-1 business advice, business and personal skills training courses, access to sources of business finance and serviced business premises.
Nwes provides support in partnerships with the following programmes:
Nwes can help startup and early stage businesses to secure finance through the Start Up Loans programme. It can help you develop your business plan. Once your loan is approved by an independent panel, you will receive a low-cost unsecured loan, business mentoring, and a range of business support products.
To apply, you must be:
View Start up Loans on Nwes website to find out more about the loan conditions.
Enterprise for Everyone is a comprehensive programme of support for London-based businesses offering expert 1-1 business advice and/or loan finance to help start or grow your business. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
To apply, you must be:
Visit Nwes website to find out more, including loan conditions.
Start&Grow, developed by Nwes, is an innovative online business support platform, and supports your business journey through planning, start up and growth.
Key features include:
Registration is free and only takes a few steps.
Delivered by Nwes on behalf of the London Growth Hub, and supported by the Mayor of London, the Property Advice Service gives owners of small and medium-sized businesses the knowledge, expertise and confidence to help them to take on a lease.
It offers a 2 hour 1-1 session with a property expert, as well as a series of free masterclasses and panel events.
This programme runs until the end of March 2018.
Up to: Start up and growth
Updated: 06 October 2020