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  • The shortlist for the Westminster Lion Awards has been announced. Fifteen businesses are shortlisted across six categories, recognising the different ways in which they have demonstrated their commitment to corporate social responsibility.  The winners will be revealed at the Business Impact Forum on 31st October 2018.

    To view the full shortlist and more information on the Westminster Lions and how your business can take part, visit here.



  • Free legal advice for social enterprises

    Kings Legal Clinic and international law firm Charles Russell Speechlys LLP are teaming up to offer free legal advice to start-up social enterprises. Steve Levett, Director of King’s Legal Clinic at King’s College London said, “Every year in London thousands of businesses are started by people who want to make a difference to their communities. This new legal advice clinic will make this that little bit easier by offering free legal advice on everything from the best form of business structure through to advice on employment contracts or data protection regulations”.

    Students from the Dickson Poon School of Law working under the guidance of legal specialists at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP will offer free face-to-face interviews and letters of advice to anyone needing help to setup or develop a new social enterprise. Help will also be available for people who have recently become or are thinking of becoming self-employed.

    Mark White (Associate at Charles Russell Speechlys) said “Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is delighted to be supporting the Dickson Poon School of Law in offering this new service. There are quite a few places in London where people can go to get help with legal problems around issues like housing or debt, but it can sometimes be difficult for a small business to get free legal advice about business related matters. Getting the right advice from the start can make the difference between success and failure.”

    Kings start-up legal advice clinic will operate by appointment only from King’s legal clinic at King’s College London Strand campus. To make an appointment visit there website here or call 0207 848 1575.


  • Westminster is asking businesses and their employees to give their views on a strategy to help the city’s six street markets thrive. The council wants to help the markets become more environmentally and financially sustainable, offer a more diverse mix of products and invest in new IT and infrastructure. The consultation also considers proposed changes to fees and charges, which would be the first changes since 2006.


    During September and October, the council is holding drop-in sessions for each site, where people can discuss what products and services they want from the markets. The consultation runs until 29 October.


    Please visit for full details.


  • Introducing Fashion Monitor with Yvonne O’ Kagbue

    Hope you have had a good Fashion Week!

    Now make the most of your success, find out what Fashion Monitor can do for you and your business

    Target contacts, build relationships, drive outreach, identify & connect with companies and influencers

    If your business is fashion or beauty, then this training session is for you

    Get communicating and connecting with Fashion Monitor


    The event takes place on Wednesday 26 September at Westminster Reference Library, WC2H 7HP.

    Standard Tickets for this event is £6.00 (including Fee + VAT) info see here.

    You can get FREE access to Fashion Monitor online at Westminster Reference Library.


  • The following is a list of dates and venues for the Business Unit’s drop-in sessions at Westminster’s Business Information Points for 2018.

    Sessions to run between 10:00 and 12:00


    Location Date
    Pimlico library Wed 19th September
    Church Street library Tue 2nd October
    Paddington library Wed 17th October
    Westminster Reference library Wed 31st October
    Pimlico library Wed 14th November
    Church Street library Tue 27th November
    Paddington library Wed 12th December

    The Business Unit can help:

    • Answer your business enquiries or direct you to someone who can
    • Link your business to the support and advice available in Westminster
    • Provide local economy and market intelligence
    • Respond to local investment enquiries from initial advice to on-going support
    • Introduce the bidding process for council and public sector contracts
    • Align your Corporate Social Responsibility activity with local priorities
    • Ensure concerns and requests are fed back to the Council


    Library Location
    Westminster Reference library 35 St Martin’s St, London WC2H 7HP
    Church Street library 67 Church St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EU
    Paddington library 45 Porchester Rd, London W2 5DU
    Pimlico library Lupus St, Pimlico, London SW1V 3AT


    For more information, please email the Westminster Business Unit

  • Throughout the 2018/2019 academic year Westminster City Council are working with a range of employers to run a series of career-focussed events. The programme brings together activities that have run successfully for a number of years, including Westminster Enterprise Week and British Science Week, and adding in exciting new activities. The events will link Westminster students with employers, and provide insight into working life and future career opportunities. All activities will support schools to deliver good careers and are opportunities for Westminster businesses to raise their profile and promote their sector.

    The infographic below summarises the events proposed for the 2018/2019 academic year. If you would like to explore participating in an event please contact the Westminster Business Unit for more information:  For Gatsby benchmark information see here.

Did you know...

  • 1+
    Major creative industry awards to Soho industries in past 10 years
  • 1%
    of businesses in Westminster are less than two years old
  • 1k
    creative industry jobs are located in Westminster
  • 1
    Jobs in Westminster (13% of the jobs in London)


Contact the Westminster Business Unit to get information and advice on affordable workspace, business support, employment and training, business rates, licensing, and more.


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