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Posted on 4th March 2016 in General news

CCS Libraries are working in partnership with Wimbletech to offer co-working spaces for business start-ups in libraries.

Hanwell and Northolt libraries both have spaces.

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Posted on 26th June 2014 in General news

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Richmond Expo

Posted on 14th May 2014 in General news

SW London’s largest local business show

The 6th annual Richmond Expo takes place on Friday 6th June 2014 at Twickenham Stadium. With 80 exhibitors and 800+ visitors expected, it’s a must-attend event for anyone in business – plus locals are invited too!

For more information visit


Libraries mean business

Posted on 16th April 2014 in

Acton Library will open to the public on the 19th April following a major transformation.

The town’s library has relocated to the Everyone Active Centre, into the revamped old Assembly Hall on the first floor and is called Acton Town Hall Library. Run by Carillion for the council, it offers users a 21st Century experience, with free computers, a Learning Suite and Wi-Fi alongside its books, DVDs and other items, and self-service check out.

The space offers an excellent opportunity for local businesses and entrepreneurs to touch down and take advantage of the free resources available to support their business activities.

The Learning Suite offers a modern IT suite and can be hired for out for business related training and events.  For more information about hiring the Learning Suite and charges please contact Jastinder Kudhail on 0203 700 1056

An Xciting job fair with a difference

Posted on 16th April 2014 in General news

Jobseekers can now attend workshops and CV surgeries at Harrow Council’s Xcite Employment and Training Fair on April 28.

Come along if you’re looking for a new job, or simply want to learn or brush up on skills.

Workshops range from business start ups, course information, money management and universal credit. These along with the CV surgeries are designed to help residents get more out of the employment and training fair by giving them direct contact with experts who will help improve their CV’s and also provide practical advice and tips when applying for jobs.

The following workshops and CV surgeries will be held:

  • NatWest: Business Start Up
  • Adult Community Learning: Courses
  • CAP: Money Management
  • Learn Direct: Personal Presentation
  • Positive Directions and Job Centre Plus: Universal Credit
  • Remploy

Residents will also able to mingle with potential employers and training providers who will have jobs and training opportunities on offer. Those exhibiting include BHS, NatWest Bank, Everyone Active, Mary Kay Cosmetics, MetLife, Forever Living, care companies, colleges and many more.

The job fair takes place on Monday, 28 April, at Harrow Civic Centre, from 11am to 3pm.

For more information, contact the Xcite team on: 020 8420 9207

Library Press – Harrow and Hounslow Libraries

Posted on 15th April 2014 in General news, Starting a business

The library press is a project involving Harrow and Hounslow libraries and is focussed on supporting people on their journey from a blank page and a first flash – or even just a little spark – of inspiration through to a finished publication.
Whether it’s a simple, handmade book for family and friends or a digital masterpiece destined for the web, we help to get people publishing. Pop Up publishing with The Library Press The Library Press will be working with to provide creative 'pop up' publishing opportunities. This is an opportunity to explore ideas such as 'booksprinting' and take a look at the blurring lines between digital and physical publishing. A challenging but practical exploration of the ways that people can use the bookleteer platform to develop their own publications and content. Places are limited. To find out more and to book a place email or visit
The first workshop will take place in Hounslow library on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th May at 5.00pm.

Budget 2014: UK firms get tax relief and export boost

Posted on 2nd April 2014 in

Help for firms to encourage investment and exports are among the measures for business announced by the chancellor.

The annual 100% tax allowance for investment has been doubled to £500,000 and will run to the end of 2015.

The amount of government credit available to support overseas sales has also been doubled, to £3bn, and the rate charged on that credit cut.

The government wants UK exports to reach £1 trillion by 2020, and for 100,000 more UK companies to be exporting by 2020.

The annual limit on business investment tax relief currently stands at £250,000, but was due to fall back to £25,000 from the beginning of 2015.

Carillion to play leading role in developing new apprenticeship standards

Posted on 25th March 2014 in Starting a business

Leading integrated support services company Carillion has been named by the government as one the lead organisations in creating new standards for construction apprenticeships.

The government today announced that construction will be one of eight new sectors in its 'Trailblazer' programme, designed to put employers at the heart of developing apprenticeship programmes.

Carillion Construction will be leading the development of the new standards for apprenticeships in Wood Occupations, which is the occupational skill most in demand in the sector. They will be supported by a number of other construction employers.

Ray Wilson, Director and General Manager Carillion Training Services said: "As the largest provider of apprenticeships in the construction industry we are delighted to be taking a leading role in this important task. Working with other employers and professional bodies we are committed to being at the forefront of construction learning excellence and creating a standard which will deliver the next generation of skilled craftspeople."

The sector 'Trailblazers' are part of the government's plan to put employers in the driving seat in the development of qualifications and apprenticeship standards to ensure they are fit for purpose to help address the UK's growing skills need.

The employer led group will be supported and facilitied by the Construction Industry Training Board, as well as a number of employer representatives.

Business Den winner crowned in front of crowds

Posted on 25th March 2014 in General news

More than 130 business representatives packed into the council chamber to watch Harrow Council’s first ever Business Den competition.

Four Harrow companies competed in Wednesday’s contest ranging from a teacher couple setting up a language school to an airline employee selling 1950s nostalgia tights.

They pitched their ideas to a panel of experts, made up of Natwest regional enterprise manager Nick Howe, entrepreneur Dr Bayju Thakar and council leader and businesswoman Cllr Susan Hall.

The winner was Nigel Farren of Energise Harrow, a social enterprise that helps people insulate their homes and reduce heat loss. Mr Farren’s company won a package of support including sales training sessions, a free legal health check and a free trade mark application prepared and filed on his behalf.

The competition was part of our Harrow: the Borough for Business event, which also gave businesses the opportunities to network and get vital business advice. They were also invited to join the Harrow Friends of Business scheme, an initiative which links traders with the local authority to come up with joint initiatives for keeping Harrow’s economy thriving.

Cllr Kamaljit Chana, cabinet member for business and enterprise, said:

“The fact that we had such a huge turnout shows that Harrow really is the borough for business and people really wanted to talk and be part of a business event. This event was about making business a main subject and underpinning our commitment as a council to helping Harrow businesses to flourish.

“We have a central role to play when it comes to supporting our businesses, whether this is bringing them together, business to business networking, putting them in touch with useful organisations or providing them with vital tools.”

Cllr Chana also announced that Harrow Council’s cabinet will be asked to approve a Government scheme to extend business rate relief of up to £1,000 a year over two years to local firms with a rateable value of up to £50,000.



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