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  • 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 anna@carnegieuk.org.

  • 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’.

  • 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.

     

  • 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
    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

Did you know...

  • 1
    of the world's best universities are located in Westminster
  • 1%
    of London's GVA produced by Westminster
  • 1k
    employees per sq km in the West End
  • 1%
    of businesses in Westminster are less than two years old

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