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Starting a business

If you are thinking about staring your own business or already running one, there is advice and support available locally to help you succeed, from one-to-one support and funding opportunities to flexible co-working space.

1. New Enterprise Allowance

The government's New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start or grow your own business if you’re getting certain benefits.


2. Great Business

Great Business is a government website that provides support, advice and inspiration for growing your business, including

  • grants
  • finance and loans
  • business support, such as mentoring and consultancy
  • funding for small and medium-sized businesses and start-ups



3. Support from an experienced business

Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth.


4. The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust works with 18 to 30-year-olds to turn big ideas into a business reality through its Enterprise programme, including training and mentoring support to funding and resources.


5. The British Library

The British Library’s Business and Intellectual Property Centre can help you start, run and grow your business. Support includes:

  • develop your ideas with market research and company databases
  • specialised start-up support 
  • learn new skills at a workshop or mini-masterclass
  • have a confidential one-to-one and put your questions to some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs at inspiring talks


6. Westminster Enterprise Centre

Westminster Enterprise Centre is a community and council backed co-working, business support centre that offers flexible co-working desk space and meeting room hire, for individuals, startups and small businesses.

It can answer the key questions you should ask before starting your business and help you increase your chances of success through the support of business advisers, providing confidential, one to one business support.


7. The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy has a mission to train and motivate young people and adults so that they unleash entrepreneurial talent and realise their potential. It offers BTECs in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Edexcel and Westminster Kingsway College.


8. Business Information Points

There are 4 Business Information Points (BIPs) offering excellent resources and networking opportunities for business:

Whether you're taking your first steps as an entrepreneur, or looking for new ideas for your business, BIPs can help.

Find out more about BIPs

9. Map of enterprise advice locations

Map key Location
A Westminster Adult Education Service
B Church Street Library Business Information Point
C Westminster Adult Education Service
D Paddington Library Business Information Point
E Pimlico Library Business Information Point
F Westminster Enterprise Centre
G Peter Jones Academy at Westminster Kingsway College
H Westminster Reference Library Business Information Point

10. Westminster Enterprise Week

Westminster Enterprise Week is held every November, featuring a jam-packed programme with talks from successful entrepreneurs, tours of Westminster’s enterprise spaces, workshops and more, to help participants take the first step towards achieving their business dreams.


Last updated 04 September 2018
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