Start Your Own Business in London

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

Start Your Own Business in London 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.

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 across the world and our own series of Start Your Own Business books.

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen 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 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 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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StartUp Latest

Keep up to date with the most recent business thinking from around the world

We try to keep our eyes open for useful and interesting news stories and useful resources which could help if you are starting up or running a small business. Hopefully, this will save you the time and trouble! The latest additions are...

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

The Leap Of Faith: From Startup Founder To CEO

How to Use Pay-Per-Click to Help Grow Your Startup

London Local Contacts

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

4Networking

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 www.4networking.biz (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: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

70thirty Solution

We are a dedicated Business Solution Team who deal solely with the development service needs of businesses.

Axada International Tax Advisers

We are chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers with years of experience in helping firm set up and operate in the United Kingdom. We support startups, established firms and subsidiaries of international companies with a full package of accounting and tax services. 1 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG 02030006776

BNI Legacy Greenwich

Yes we're bringing BNI to Greenwich! The first BNI meeting in Greenwich for years.......If you're looking to grow your business and want to be part of something very special that will generate you high quality business. Our aim is to build a 50+ chapter of BNI in sharing over £5-6 Million pounds worth of business in the months and years to come. We're looking for like minded, forward thinking, professionals who understand that generating high quality referred business comes from strong relationships with those around them and we would love to meet you. BNI only allows one person from each profession to be part of the group and once the slot has been taken it could be a number of years before the opportunity to visit comes up again and with a number of slots already filled do check first that we have the availability to have you visit us at the meeting before booking to visit. Or alternatively email me at spencer@bniselondon.co.uk for more information on how to lock out your competition.

Brent Online

Brent Online are business consultants offering advice and information to local SME's. Brent Online specializes in business startup or growing businesses and expertise include e-commerce business packages, digital marketing strategies and website development. Brent Online are registered members of the Institute of Consulting and the Marketing Research Society.

Brent Online

Brent Online offers a wide range of services which includes business startup information, e-commerce business packages, digital marketing strategy and website development. Members of the Institute of Consulting and the Marketing Research Society

Business Propeller

We provide entrepreneurs a full turn key business growth solution - 'A GROWTH ECO SYSTEM'. From one to one advisory and mentoring sessions with our Business Strategy Experts, through to participating on Business Propeller's unique and part funded 'Entrepreneur's Enterprise Programme'. Business Propeller offers the ambitious business owner the opportunity to gain knowledge, share experiences and grow influential networks from seasoned professionals, who have all owned, started and led their own multi-million pound businesses. Our services are tailored to the entrepreneurs immediate needs and challenges, focusing on short and medium term goals, utilising business tools to get their business on a 'Fast Track' growth strategy. Working with early stage start-ups through to SME's with a turnover of up to £5 million, we create long term value and sustainable growth.

Choice Digital

RESULTS-DRIVEN SEO AND WEBSITE CONVERSION SOLUTIONS FOR HIGH END SERVICE PROVIDERS The team at Choice Digital combine over 10 years of expertise in delivering SEO and website marketing solutions with one goal: to help you win more clients online. FREE AUDIT If you think choice digital might be a good fit in helping you win more clients online – and if you qualify – we would first recommend you apply for a custom Website Audit for your business, free of charge. That way, we can then have a valuable conversation about how well your website is currently optimised for the search engines, and you will also receive advice on immediate and actionable steps to effectively gain and convert more high-value enquiries. If we mutually agree that your business can benefit from our SEO and website conversion solutions, we will then put together a personalized proposal complete with price and expectations.

Colin Crisford photography

Colin Crisford Photography delivers outstanding images for business. With over twenty years experience working exclusively for corporate clients and design professionals we understand the vital importance of creating high quality, eye-catching photography. Whether it is on location or in our own fully equipped studios we produce photographs that meet your needs exactly. From a single pack shot to a whole catalogue, from a single head-shot to a company report. Using the latest high resolution cameras and digital workflow, we can supply photographs that are tailored to your precise requirements, be it web-site, printed catalogue, press release or poster.

Evil Octopus

Evil Octopus helps brands reach millions of new customers through a word of a mouth network, blasted across social media. Evil Octopus helps you find the most effective influencers to tell your story to the relevant audience. We work with social media celebrities to create social media campaigns with high impact that generates huge awareness for your brand.

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.

London Business Advice

London Business Advice provides support across London on all aspects of running a business, from start-up advice to business growth and business planning. We can help you:

London Business Advice

London Business Advice provides support across London on all aspects of running a business, from start-up advice to business growth and business planning. We can help you:

Merranti Consulting

For a startup company, things can move quickly, and this is where Merranti Accounting comes in. We can help you in the process of starting your own business by always being available and flexible. We understand that occasionally, you may need more assistance, which comes at no added cost as we work solely on fixed fees. Merranti can assist with: • Business Registration • Management Accounts • Cash Flow Forecasts • Tax Returns • Self Assessments • VAT • Business Planning • Bank Finance Reports • Start-up Finance • Investor Reports • Business Formation HMRC Registration

NetEvolution Ltd

We are a London based digital web agency, specialising in affordable websites for start-ups and small businesses. We create websites that are both professional and easy to use. We also offer ASP.NET development for businesses and great fixed price websites in two flavours, either a brochure site or an eCommerce site. Known as a reliable web development service provider for all your internet business service needs. We're dedicated to giving you the very best of service, with a focus on value, speed, and forward thinking. In addition to our web development products, we also offer support for your current site, along with mobile app development for android and iOS mobile applications too!. If you need a regular supply of industry specific unique content to keep your search engine positions on the rise - we have packages to supply that to you too from the great writers on our team who edit our blog, the twitter favourites we get every day suggest they do a great job!.

Network Oval Business Club

Powered by Network My Club, Network Oval is Surrey County Cricket Club's official business networking group, offering members quality monthly networking events, a host of exclusive benefits, and the opportunity to showcase their business at the Kia Oval. Annual company membership includes: * 1 x FREE place to 12 networking events at the Kia Oval * Full company profile page on Network Oval Business Club website * 1 x use of a corporate box at the Kia Oval for external meeting/conferencing purposes * 4 x tickets to a Royal London One Day Cup match * Marketing support via the Network Oval and Network My Club social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) * Promote offers to other members and businesses on the Network Oval website * Exclusive use of the Network Oval Business Club logo * Claim rewards and win free membership through the Network My Club member referral programme * Discounted access to attend or join other business clubs managed by Network My Club throughout the UK

remulous design

Creative studio with an appetite for contemporary design based in east London. Fascinated with strong lines, bold colours, geometric shapes, interesting type and anything in-between. Talk to us to help build your brand, collaborate, design a promotional campaign, logo, or consult on any presentations or projects you have that’s in need of making some real impact. Services: | Illustration | Graphic Design | Menus/Presentations | Posters | Logos | Brand Identity & Guidelines | Stationary & Print | Typography

Rodliffe Accounting Limited

We are a specialist CIMA qualified accountancy practice offering tailored accounting solutions to contractors, freelancers and small businesses. We also provide corporate and personal tax management solutions, tailored to individual needs. Our focus is on making sure businesses comply with regulation through ethical and proactive decision making, using communication that both cuts the complication and increases your profits.

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.

WESH UK

WESH UK are a 5* Website and I.T Support company covering the whole of the UK and Europe only. We cater especially to new business startups and startups who need an I.T department at their disposal inclusive in the cost of their website hosting and domain names.

Business Atrium
Business Atrium is a dynamic group of professional accountants, bookkeepers, systems analysts and business advisers with a wide range of skills. As a group, we understand the needs of small and medium sized businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups and the special requirements needed to make these business types successful. The firm offers unrivalled support in bookkeeping; VAT, IT and financial reporting and we aim to bring our clients up to the latest levels of competency, while achieving the all-important profit improvements. As a London firm of accountants, bookkeepers and business advisers, Business Atrium is committed to being at the forefront of the latest technological advances in the financial sector. We recognise that choosing the right financial and bookkeeping system is critical to business success, and as such, we offer best packages designed to take into account the needs of individual business types. We are Certified Xero Advisers, one of the best online accounting system for small and medium business and providing migration to Xero from older bookkeeping packages like Sage and QuickBooks and comprehensive training and support. We take our role as a provider of excellent financial control services seriously and as such have tested many of the existing accounting, CRM, stock control and tour operators systems currently available to ensure they meet the needs of our clients. We constantly strive to stay ahead of our competition by improving our range of used and tested systems on a regular basis. We are proud to have a team with a diverse range of skills and attributes including specialists in Accounting, VAT, Bookkeeping, IT, Mathematics, business and even Science 0207 617 7126

Business First Steps
Business First Steps is the one-stop shop for SME business start-up. We provide the tools to start, develop and grow a business. Our services include idea generation, business plans, start-up packages, brainstorming sessions and much more. 8458387912

Centa Business Services
Centa Business Services is here to help you on your business journey. In the first stages of starting a business we know that so many people are searching for guidance. We know that it's always easier to do it properly the first time. Centa has for the last 23 years been learning the ins and outs of small business so that wisdom can be passed on to you. 020 7278 5757

Centa Business Services
Centa provides a range of services aimed at new entrepreneurs and established firms and we have over 30 years' experience of providing impartial advice and hands on support in Central London. We offer business services that include office and workshop space, start-up and growth advice, training, access to finance and expanding new business ideas. 0207 278 5757

Croydon Business Venture
Croydon Business Venture Limited helps those wanting to start their own business through a range of free services including a weekly half-day business seminar, a monthly three-day seminar and 1-1 business support. We also provide high quality affordable office accommodation and virtual office services including mail and messaging services. 020 3747 4747

East London Small Business Centre
We offer fully subsidised business support, advice, mentoring and specific services to help you on your way.Some of the services we currently offer: Start-up business training; Business Planning help; Business Counselling; Access to Finance; Franchise Advice; Start-up space; B2B Networks; Web presence 020 7377 8821

Enterprise Enfield
Enterprise agency dedicated to helping people start and run new businesses as well as develop and expand existing ones. It offers a range of services including: seminars; expert business advice; specialist support programmes; premises and an annual business awards competition. Many services are free or subsidised. We also deliver The Start Up Loan Fund for anyone over the age of 18 years. 020 8443 5457

Enterprise Northern Ireland
Enterprise Northern Ireland (ENI) is the organisation representing the network of Local Enterprise Agencies in Northern Ireland. Local Enterprise Agencies (LEAs) are independent, locally based not-for-profit companies set up to support small business development and to undertake economic development activity. ENI has thirty-two member agencies, with coverage across all local council areas in Northern Ireland. ENI's vision is to contribute to the development of the Northern Ireland economy in partnership with other key economic development stakeholders through the provision of a high quality, value-added continuum of support that complements local and national government strategies for entrepreneurship, enterprise and economic development.Aghanloo Industrial Estate, Aghanloo Road, LIMAVADY BT49 0HE (028) 7776 3555

FSB Greater London
FSB Greater London is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Denise Beedell Development Manager Denise.Beedell@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

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 www.gle.co.uk. For Business Finance, visit www.glestartup.co.uk or www.glebusinessloans.co.uk. 0800 0320946

Globe Touch Global
To Add-Value to whatever we do from Business Idea, Start-up, Growth and Global to Enterprise & Entrepreneurship. 020 8432 2722

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

HBV Enterprise
HBV is a quality assured Enterprise Agency, Charity and CFDI specialising in enterprise, education and finance, based in Hackney, the country's second most deprived borough. 0207 254 9595

Lakers Chartered Accountants
Lakers Chartered Accountants was founded in 1986 with the single objective to offer client-focused professional services at an affordable price. Rather than just an accountant, Lakers integrate the key services of Taxation, Accountancy, Business Planning, Raising Finance, Management Consultancy and Training. The original spirit is still evident today as the company has grown from strength to strength and continues to pride itself on the expertise and experience in the service line it provides. Today the company aims to offer a service that extends well beyond providing a high quality accounting service. We see ourselves as business advisors, with the core objectives of increasing revenues and profits for our clients, whilst providing key strategic guidance for your business. Lakers work as a partnership with the client to advise, implement and monitor the business solution. 020 8440 2722

London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital's largest independent networking and business support organisation. Representing the interests of thousands of companies, we connect thousands of business people every year and offer our members a wide range of practical and professional services. Address: 33 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AP 020 7248 4444

London LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
In February 2012 the Mayor of London established the London Enterprise Panel, the local enterprise partnership for Greater London. The Panel is co-chaired by Harvey McGrath, former chairman of Prudential plc and the London Development Agency, and Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor for Business & Enterprise. Its membership is formed of senior representatives of London's business community and three borough leaders representing London Councils. 020 7983 4420

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

MDP Accountancy Services LLP
MDP Accountancy Services, based in Liverpool St. provide specialist accounting services to New Start-ups, Freelance contractors, Medical professionals and SMEs. With our vast experience in accounting we understand that one size does not fit all. With fixed rate packages for those new to contracting and bespoke services to businesses and individuals with more complex needs, MDP Accountancy Services will take the worry out of your accounting responsibilities. Address: 12th Floor, Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EW E-Mail: info@mdpaccountancy.co.uk 020 7183 6169

Merton Chamber of Commerce
Contact us for a range of business support services available for all size businesses including workshops, advice, helpdesk, full diagnostics, mentoring, links to professional experts, Greening and Membership service. Visit our website or call for further information. 0208 944 5501

Nwes
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

Orega Central London
0800 840 5509

Orega Hammersmith
0800 840 5509

Orega Wandsworth
0207 198 8300

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

ROCBaSE
Provision of Start-up support in the form of Business Planning, Dedicated 1-1 Business Counselling, Interactive Training Seminars. Unique form of support that creates self-confidence and self-reliance through empowerment. Skills training. All Marketing, Financial and Legal matters covered Support to existing businesses and social enterprises - Creative workshops and seminars, Motivational workshops and seminars. Business development, mentoring and coaching. personal development. Staff training programmes 020 8712 5989

South East Enterprise
Enterprise agency offering a range of business support services, training and networking opportunities. Fully funded pre start service for all unemployed residents of Greenwich and Lewisham. Competitively priced business mentoring. Subsidised workshops are available to all comers. Call or visit the website for further details and eligibility criteria. 0208 305 2666

Tribeca Technology Ltd
We provide premier Hedge Fund IT solutions - robust platforms, dependable cutting edge applications relevant to your markets and the highest possible levels of support service. If you need specialist asset management/trading IT Support for your business, don't settle for second best. Call Tribeca to find out more about our exceptional IT support services and gain an advantage over your competitors. For IT Support in London, New York or any other major financial centre. Call Now To Learn More. 08000 122225

Urban Futures
Urban Futures is a multi-faceted urban regeneration company working to develop, promote, deliver and broker services on behalf of the London community in North, East and West London) and to support people and communities in some of London's most disadvantaged areas. 0208 352 5900

Ward Williams Ltd
Accountancy, business support and personal financial services for people and brands working within the creative industries. So if you are a creative business and looking for understanding and support from your accountants then get in touch. Our premises are located in the 020 3036 0660


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