If you want to start or grow a business, the government's GREAT Business website will direct you to a wide range of support services, from start-up advice, to mentoring, funding, importing and exporting.
The Federation of Small Businesses also offers support and advice for small business owners.
For more specific advice for starting a business in Westminster please read the information below.
Business planning and testing your idea is a critical first step when thinking about starting a business or launching a new product. We recommend the following resources to begin thinking through your idea and testing it:
Co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators a proven method for supporting start-ups to survive and grow. The Council is at the forefront of a London-wide movement to increase the number of these services and make London a world-class environment for start-ups.
Accelerator programmes combine small amounts of investment with intensive mentoring and advice to help your business get the best possible start.
The council has supported the establishment of three affordable and highly support spaces for start-ups and micro businesses. These include
Affordable workspace for creative start-ups in the heart of one of Westminster’s central business hubs and right next to Leicester Square.
Benefit from amazing travel links for the tube, trains and buses, and experience culture on your doorstep with the National Gallery, Portrait Gallery, Soho and West End theatre close by.
There are 6 fixed desks available on the mezzanine overlooking the main library. Available from £50 per week, including a fixed desk, WiFi and storage space.
The area is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm and on Saturdays, 10am to 5pm.
We also provide a regular cultural and business events programme and a wide range of subject resources on site to support creative start-ups, including fashion, art, design, film, media and market research.
To apply, please contact email@example.com and quote ‘workspace’.
Expanding your network and mentoring can be a powerful way to support your business.
Pop-ups and market stalls are a very popular way to trial new retail and food businesses. They can reduce the risk and expense of taking on a long term lease for new business ventures.
There are organisations that can help you find pop-up opportunities in fantastic Westminster locations and that offer pop-up shop insurance for temporary retailers. Others offer services to help connect landlords with short-term tenancy opportunities to people who want to run a pop-up shop. You can find out more about these organisations by searching online.
Information on becoming a trader in Westminster's street markets.
Maida Hill Place is a social enterprise with event space available for hire for food production, film hire and meetings. They also offer workshops and training for pop-ups.