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  • 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 PopUp Business School is back in Westminster at the Paddington Arts Centre from 26th November to 7th December 2018.

    The last event saw over 100 residents attend our course and learn how to start a business, with a third of participants setting up their business and making a sale that same week! In addition to improved business knowledge and skills the participants reported a huge increase in confidence and happiness levels from the start to the end of the week.

    The two week course covers sessions on how to build websites, SEO, social media, pitching advice, making sales and increasing customers. Participants are able to attend the sessions they are most interested in and are not required to be present for the whole two weeks.

    If you would benefit from motivational and practical sessions on how to start or develop a business then please sign up!

    You can see the full schedule and sign up for FREE here –

    When: Mon – Fri 10am-3pm, 26th Nov – 7 Dec 2018

    Where: Paddington Arts, 32 Woodfield Road, London W9 2BE

    Cost: FREE

    If you would like further information then please contact Charlotte Healy at

  • Do you dread going to networking? If you do, don’t anymore!

    Mary Jane Boholst, former shy introvert and tech support person, will teach you the 5 keys to successful networking that she used to go from being painfully shy and anxious to having fun and getting business from networking events.

    She will teach you the secret to making meaningful connections and finally enjoying networking, how to find the right events, how to act while networking and much more! This seminar is for you if you are thinking about starting your own business or are already in the beginning phases.

    The seminar takes place on Wednesday 5th December , 6:30 – 7:30 at Pimlico Library, Lupus Street London SW1V 3AT.  For ticket information please see here.

  • Paddington Works is a new state of the art enterprise space, with the capacity to help over 200 creative start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop and grow in Westminster. The space includes, 6 editing and production suites, an 80 person auditorium with highly advanced internet connectivity, providing the perfect place to grow and develop your business.

    We are offering 10 bursaries for creative businesses run by Westminster residents. Successful applicants will receive:

    • 3 months of co-working space (limited to one hot desk per business) starting from January 2019
    • 24/7 access to facilities
    • Locker access
    • Bicycle parking
    • Special rates on meeting rooms and editing suites

    To apply for this opportunity you must meet the eligibility criteria:

    • Business must be owned and operated by a Westminster resident
    • Business must have a creative industries focus

    Five bursaries will be specifically for businesses owned by young entrepreneurs from Westminster. In addition to the above criteria, to apply for this opportunity you must:

    • Be aged 25 or under at the start of 2019 and the owner and operator of the business

    Apply today!

    Complete the application form at:
    Application deadline: 3rd December 2018

  • 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
    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.


Contact the Westminster Business Unit to get information and advice on affordable workspace, business support, employment and training, business rates, licensing, and more.


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