Start Your Own Business in Hammersmith

FREE Start-Up Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Resources and Local Contacts

If you are starting a business in Hammersmith, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Hammersmith contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Hammersmith section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Hammersmith who would love to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.

  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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Hammersmith Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Hammersmith area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)


4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

Business London Start-Up and Micro Business Programme
A new integrated network of business support agencies providing free advice and guidance. Entrepreneurs wanting to start a business in West London and Small Businesses or wanting to grow in West London can now call one Central number for free business advice. 020 8427 6188

GLE oneLondon
GLE oneLondon is both an Enterprise Agency and a Community Development Finance Institution. Within our local region of South and Central London we provide a variety of intensive enterprise support services to new and growing businesses. In addition, we offer a variety of business finance options to help small businesses start up and grow using a variety of loan funds UK-wide. Based in London and using technology innovatively, we help business communities across the country. You can visit our dedicated websites for more information. For Enterprise Support, visit For Business Finance, visit or 0800 0320946

Hammersmith & Fulham Affordable office and desk spaces
The companies listed on this page provide flexible workspace and desk space. If you're a freelancer, a sole trader or a micro / small business, not yet ready to take on a whole commercial property, you might be able to find the workspace you need.

Hammersmith & Fulham Business Support and Advice
Free business advice and support helpline for local entrepreneurs and small businesses Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched a new and FREE 'Business Advice and Support Helpline' (BASH) to assist local entrepreneurs and small businesses who are looking to start-up or grow their businesses. If you are looking for information, advice, training and practical support such as funding, mentoring, networking and office space etc to start, improve or grow your business, the business support helpline can help you. The service will be operated by experienced advisers. Where relevant practical and beneficial follow up will be given including one-to-one support. Contact the business helpline on 020 3039 3049 or email

Hammersmith & Fulham Enterprise Club
Free monthly Enterprise Club Come down to H&F Enterprise Club for free business advice. Whether you are just thinking about starting a business, in the process of setting one up or have already started and want to grow, the H&F Enterprise Club is here to help. The Enterprise Club venue, Work.Life in Hammersmith, features a mix of private offices for teams of 2-60 people and creative hot desking space with shared kitchens and private phone booths. Every member benefits from the essentials – ninja-fast wifi, free meeting rooms and printing.

Hammersmith Library
Free business advice and support sessions at Hammersmith Library • Are you thinking about starting a business and need advice? • Have you started a business and need some support? • Do you want help growing your business? To book call 020 8753 3820 or email

Harrow in Business
HiB is a social enterprise that has been Bringing Business and Communities Together for over thirty years. We provide a holistic, integrated and creative approach to supporting micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) through health-checks, mentoring and training, including support for businesses looking to access emerging markets. 0208 427 6188

London Small Business Centre
A leading enterprise agency in the capital that provide free training, face-to-face mentoring and access to finance entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their business. Having supported over 22,000 businesses and trained more than 13,000 people, your start-up funding of up to 25k comes with face-to-face support sessions from highly skilled business advisers. 0207 377 8821

Nwes deliver a range of business advice, training workshops, start up loans and innovation grants. Most advice and workshop services are free. Modern Business premises on easy in easy out terms available. Call or visit the website to start developing and growing your business. 0845 6099991

Portobello Business Centre
The PBC is an award winning enterprise agency based in North Kensington with over 25 years of experience in providing impartial business advice, training, networking and consultancy to pre-start, start-up and existing businesses. Many of our services are fully or partially subsided, eligibility criteria will apply. We have helped start numerous businesses from a variety of sectors including Innocent Drinks, Preen, Arganic, Incognito, Carrieme, 009Textiles, Mark Fahart, The Pure Package, Unpackaged, Lorella Belli Literary Agent and Karen Karam. 020 7460 5050

Red Ochre
Red Ochre works to support organisations delivering social change across the UK and worldwide. Our team has a wide range of expertise and experience in financial, managerial and technical fields. 0207 2508305

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