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  • Westminster Reference Library is opening up affordable workspace to help start up businesses working in fashion, art, design, film and media. A 3-month trial period will start from June, offering creative businesses a fixed desk workspace, Wi-Fi and storage space at £200 per month. The library provides a programme of business and cultural events, along with a range of resources including market research to help small businesses grow. It is near to Leicester Square, Soho and the West End, offering great public transport links in the heart of London.

    Applications close on Tuesday 4 June.

    For information on how to apply, email bip@westminster.gov.uk Please use the subject line ‘enterprise space’.

  • Navigating Brexit for SMEs

    A series of 75 practical, hands-on workshops helping London businesses prepare for and build Brexit resilience

    When the UK leaves the EU, the commercial environment as we know it will change. This may cause disruption for business, but could equally mean unexpected opportunities.

    The London Growth Hub is providing small and medium-sized enterprises with tools to anticipate changes and how Brexit will impact on their business activity and their industry.

    Delivered as 3-hour (general business) and 5-hour (sector specific) face-to-face training session, businesses will be equipped to spot relevant developments in the Brexit process and anticipate new trading terms. The sessions are practical, interactive and packed with information dispensed by presenters who are well versed experts on the subject of Brexit.

    What will you learn?

    • How doing business can change post-Brexit
    • What your EU touch points are and impact of Brexit on your business
    • What the negotiations with the EU mean for your business
    • How to use Brexit information resources for your business
    • How to deal with uncertainty and to spot opportunities

    Upcoming workshops

    Monday 20 May 2019, 5pm, Lambeth
    Tuesday 21 May 2019, 9am, Southwark
    Wednesday 22 May 2019, 9am, Barnet
    Friday 24 May 2019, 9:30am Bromley
    Wednesday 29 May 2019, 9:30am, Westminster
    Wednesday 29 May 2019, 10am, Richmond-Upon-Thames
    Monday 3 June 2019, 9am, Harrow
    Tuesday 4 June 2019, 9:30am, City of London
    Thursday 6 June 2019, 9am, Hackney
    Tuesday 18 June 2019, 9am, Lambeth
    Thursday 20 June 2019, 10am, Richmond-Upon-Thames
    Thursday 20 June 2019, 3pm, Barnet
    Tuesday 25 June 2019, 6pm, Westminster
    Wednesday 26 June 2019, 9am, Kensington & Chelsea
    Monday 1 July 2019, 9am, Hackney
    Tuesday 2 July 2019, 9am, Barnet
    Wednesday 3 July 2019, 9:30am, City of London
    Tuesday 9 July 2019, 5:30pm, Harrow
    Thursday 18 July 2019, 5pm, Lambeth

     

    The course is free of charge (funded by the London Growth Hub) for all London small businesses with a turnover of less than £44m, and that have been trading for over six months.

    To book tickets to any of the above dates see here.

    Navigating Brexit for SMEs (NBS) is a London Growth Hub (LGH) initiative, delivered by BrexitHelp.net.

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    Welcome to Westminster Business Information Points Networking Evening!

    This month networking theme is ‘The Art of Rejection – Off the cutting room floor’

    ‘Guest speakers from the Professional Cartoonists’ Organisation: Glenn Marshall, The Surreal McCoy and the award-winning cartoonist Jeremy Banx’

     

    Glenn, Carol and Jeremy bravely share some of their epic failures with us, creative work that was summarily rejected and discuss how this looks and feels in retrospect

    Was the rejection due to earth shatteringly bad work? Or because it was considered too controversial or even ahead of its time?

    If you are a cartoonists, artist, arts student in creative arts industry or just simply a curious – come a long to network and get inspired! There will be laughs along the way!

    Date and Time
    Wednesday, 22 May 2019
    18:00 – 19:30

    Schedule:
    18:00 – 18.15 – Register and relax with a glass of wine or soft drink

    18.15 – 18.30 – Self-introductions – opportunity to raise your profile or promote any project you may have

    18.30 – 19.00 – Guest speaker – Glenn, The Surreal McCoy and Jeremy

    19:00 – 19.30 – Peer support + networking

    Refreshment included with a choice of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage.

     

    Location
    Westminster Reference Library
    35 St. Martin’s Street
    London
    WC2H 7HP

    Tickets costs £6 and can be obtained here.

  • Does your organisation have a problem or challenge that could use with additional independent research and analysis? We are now recruiting sponsors for LSE Business Projects for 2019. Student teams who are studying their Master’s in Global Management work with a company in a consultancy-like project from mid-January until early May. Sponsorship of a Business Project has no fee and can work with all sorts of types of organisations and topics. Learn more about engaging with our curriculum and applied projects here.

  • The winners of Westminster City Council’s first Westminster Lion Awards were announced in front of business audience at King’s College’s Great Hall on 31st October 2018.   The six winning business, were recognised the different ways in which they have demonstrated their commitment to corporate social responsibility.

    The winning businesses were as follows:

    Capital Arches Group – Opportunities Award
    Willmott Dixon – Environment Award
    Grosvenor Britain and Ireland – Great Neighbourhoods Award
    Odelay Films – Small Business Award
    Baker Street Quarter – Impact Award
    David Miller Architects – Excellence Award

    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.

     

  • 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
    May
    Paddington library Wed 15th May
    Westminster Reference library Wed 29th May
    June
    Pimlico library Wed 12th June
    Church Street library Tue 25th June
    July
    Paddington library Wed 10th July
    Westminster Reference library Wed 24th July
    August
    Pimlico library Wed 7th August
    Church Street library Tue 20th August
    September
    Paddington library Wed 4th September
    Westminster Reference library Wed 18th September
    October
    Pimlico library Wed 2nd October
    Church Street library Tue 15th October
    Paddington library Wed 30th October
    November
    Westminster Reference library Wed 13th November
    Pimlico library Wed 27th November
    December
    Church Street library Tue 10th 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: businessunit@westminster.gov.uk.  For Gatsby benchmark information see here.

Did you know...

  • 1%
    of London's GVA produced by Westminster
  • 1+
    Major creative industry awards to Soho industries in past 10 years
  • 1k
    employees per sq km in the West End
  • 1k
    creative industry jobs are located in Westminster

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