Start Up

There are many independent and commercial providers that can support your start up plans, some of which are listed below.

Please note, the decision to engage any provider is yours and you must use your own judgement to determine the provider’s suitability.

British Business Bank

Tips and advice to help build your business.

Business Support Services

The free to access national Business Support Service can help small businesses of all stages to find the right support and impartial advice. Advice and support is delivered on behalf of the Department for Business and Trade.


Learn everything you need to know about starting a business, including business law basics, finance fundamentals and how to secure your first sale.

Future Learn

Entrepreneurship: From business idea to action.


GOV.UK has produced a good step-by-step guide to starting a business. You can find the information in the Setting Up section.

Grow London Local

Grow London Local provides an easy way to access the range of support that is available to help London's businesses.


HMRC will help you if you have questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses.

Small Business

Small Business provides a step-by-step guide to launching a company.

Start Your Own Business

Resources to help you start and grow a successful business.


A step-by-step guide to setting-up a new business

Virgin Start-Up

A useful guide with 'How to?' section for thinking through the stages of business development.

Zenith Enterprise Programme

The new Zenith Enterprise Programme looks to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and high-growth businesses to achieve their ambitions. It runs until March 2025 and is free for business and residents in the borough.

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