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  • A scaling up summit designed for businesses focusing on growing their companies is coming to Westminster!

    Attendees will learn from thought leaders within the Scaling Up space as they reveal their findings for building better leadership, strategy, marketing, sales, operations, and finance. The day will include a welcome by Westminster City Council, a panel discussion with CEO’s that have scaled up their business and Verne Harnish, the author of Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits will be the keynote speaker.

    Westminster businesses can receive a 20% discount on tickets by signing up before 31st July. When asked for the promotional code enter: WESTMINSTER

    For further information and ticket price please see here.

     

  • Westminster Reference Library has affordable workspace available to help creative businesses working in fashion, art, design, film and media. The offer includes 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 located near to Leicester Square, Soho and the West End, offering great public transport links in the heart of London.

    There are now only 3 desks available, so get in touch if you are interested!

    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

    Thursday 16 July, 12pm, Richmond
    Wednesday 17 July, 10am, Camden
    Thursday 18 July 2019, 9am, Islington
    Monday 22 July, 9am, City of London
    Thursday 25 July, 6pm, Wandsworth

     

    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.

  • 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 2019.

    Sessions to run between 10:00 and 12:00

     

    Location Date
    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

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