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The Westminster Business Unit hold monthly drop-in sessions where businesses can get help to grow as well as support to maintain successful enterprises in the borough. 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
Coaches from the Westminster Employment Service (WES) will also be on hand to help residents who are looking for work. WES offers tailored support to jobseekers, including help with finding suitable vacancies, training courses, interview practice and CV writing.
Drop-in sessions run between 10am – 12pm at Westminster’s Business Information Points across the city on the following dates:
February 2020 Tuesday 11 February Pimlico Library Tuesday 25 February Westminster Reference Library March Tuesday 10 March Church Street Library Tuesday 24 March Paddington Library April Tuesday 21 April Pimlico Library May Tuesday 19 May Westminster Reference Library June Tuesday 2 June Church Street Library Tuesday 16 June Paddington Library July Tuesday 14 July Pimlico Library Tuesday 28 July Westminster Reference Library August Tuesday 11 August Church Street Library Tuesday 25 August Paddington Library September Tuesday 22 September Pimlico Library October Tuesday 6 October Westminster Reference Library Tuesday 20 October Church Street Library November Tuesday 3 November Paddington Library December Tuesday 1 December Pimlico Library Tuesday 15 December Westminster Reference Library
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Following up on 2019’s Diverse Entrepreneurs Summit, LEAP is holding the Entrepreneurs Summit 2020 on 5th March. This free event is designed for entrepreneurs that have been running for 6 months or longer and are from underrepresented groups. The event will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with alike businesses, access support and gain expert business insight. The range of groups attending include:
Brexit day is upon us and in within hours, the UK will be out of the EU. The Mayor’s London Growth Hub is launching a new campaign to help businesses get ready for change. Visit the Ready2020 website to find out more: www.ready2020.co.uk. The London Growth Hub is still providing support for businesses affected by the EU exit. There are a number of free workshops open to London SMEs in January and February, to provide advice in uncertain times. For more information, visit here.
To help small firms and the self-employed to prepare for a no-deal scenario FSB has created a no-deal information hub. This is now live and is designed to provide business with and signpost them to practical information to help them get ready.
In addition to the information hub, the FSB has also recorded an informative webinar ‘Brexit: What businesses need to know and how to prepare’.
We are very pleased to let you about the publication of a new toolkit, Living Wage Places: A toolkit on tackling low pay by celebrating local action, which has been recently launched by the Living Wage Foundation and Living Wage Scotland, supported by the Carnegie UK Trust.
The Living Wage Places scheme launched earlier the year to harness this power of place, supporting local employers, communities and people to work together to help extend the Living Wage to more workers and lift more people out of low pay.
The new Living Wage Places Toolkit provides valuable, practical insights for places of all size across the UK – cities, towns, boroughs, zones and even buildings – to begin their own Living Wage Place journey. It includes a range of case studies of those places who have already become recognised Living Wage Places, including Dundee as the first city to be recognised for Making a Living Wage City in the UK, Glenrothes as the first town to be recognised for Making a Living Wage Town and International House in Brixton, London which has been accredited as the first Living Wage Building.
We hope you find the toolkit of interest and if you would like to find out more about the scheme please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please use the subject line ‘enterprise space’.
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.
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.