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.

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.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this London 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 London who would love to help you.

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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Tips to Keep Your Business Healthy

Common Start-Up Mistakes... and how to avoid them

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

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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)


What a 'capital' idea!

London is without doubt one of the best places to start a business in England, if not the world. With a population of over 8 million, it is no surprise that it is a hotbed for startups, with over 80,000 being formed in the capital every year.

As an industrial centre, London has always thrived and continues to do so today. It is often referred to as the largest financial centre in the world. With all this going for it, you would think that starting a successful new business would be easy. It is true that you will have a massive catchment area and therefore masses of potential customers but, by the same token, it does also mean that you are likely to have plenty of competition. The rewards are there to be claimed but you really do need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The good news is that there is plenty of support available to help you achieve that.

To make it easier to find the right kind of assistance on your doorstep, we have created sections dedicated to each of the London Boroughs:

Barking & Dagenham | Barnet | Bexley | Brent | Bromley | Camden | City of London | Croydon | Ealing | Enfield | Greenwich | Hackney | Hammersmith & Fulham | Haringey | Harrow | Havering | Hillingdon | Hounslow | Islington | Lambeth | Lewisham | Merton | Newham | Redbridge | Richmond upon Thames | Southwark | Sutton | Tower Hamlets | Waltham Forest | Wandsworth |


Business Advice

You can find a fuller list on our London Business Advice page.

Business Networking

See more on our London Business Networking page.

Business Funding

See more on our London Business Funding page.

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.

Business Mentor Support

Business mentors to businesses The mentors offer wide-ranging business experience and expertise in areas such as finance, marketing or exports, and can act as your trusted confidant over a flexible period of time. Any UK business can use the free service, but start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses tackling new challenges tend to find the scheme most beneficial. It is operated by the Better Business Finance programme, set up by five high street banks: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. The initiative is overseen by the BBA. For more information contact: Paul Harper paul.harper@sfedi.co.uk

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.

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:

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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


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