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Upcoming Events

  • PopUp Business School

    Westminster Business Unit are working with the PopUp Business School to deliver a weeklong course showing you practical ways to get a business idea off the ground and launch online – without spending any money!

    When: 10am-3pm, 23rd-27th July 2018
    Where: Yaa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN (View Map)
    Cost: FREE

    The school specialises in non-traditional business support through a mixture of inspiration, information, one to ones, workshop content and peer support. The course will cover a variety of topics including: starting a business on a shoestring, sale, developing confidence, building a website, using social media, and tax and accountancy. This is a multi-day course, teaching different subjects each day. You do not have to come every day, however the more you come for, the more we can help.

    Whether you are looking to develop an idea you have for a business, or looking to grow your existing business there will be support and guidance to help you.

    To find out more about the course, see the schedule for the week and register to attend the course please click here.



  • 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
    Westminster Reference library Wed 11th July
    Pimlico library Wed 25th July
    Church Street library Tue 7th August
    Paddington library Wed 22nd August
    Westminster Reference library Wed 5th September
    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...

  • 1m
    SQM of office floor space
  • 1k
    employees per sq km in the West End
  • 1+
    Major creative industry awards to Soho industries in past 10 years
  • 1
    of the world's best universities are located in Westminster


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