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Ealing Council

Ealing Council.

Ealing Council is committed to supporting a strong local economy and helping local businesses to prosper. Here you can see information about council services tailored for businesses, including advice for food businesses and planning regulations.

Go to ealing.gov.uk

Harrow Council

Harrow Council.

If you're considering setting up your own business or simply want to be your own boss, you will find lots of useful information on Harrow Council's dedicated business pages to help you get started. This includes information about business support, property and what to consider when starting up. You can also sign up to the online business directory and register to receive the free monthly Business Newsletter. Log on to www.harrow.gov.uk/business to find out what support is available in Harrow to help you start a business.

Go to harrow.gov.uk/business

Hounslow Council

Hounslow Council.

If you run a business in Hounslow, or are thinking of starting a new one, you can use this site to find out more about council services relevant to business and useful links to other sources of business support.

Go to hounslow.gov.uk

NatWest

NatWest.

Information from NatWest for individuals looking to set up their own business

Go to startup.natwest.com

British Library Business & IP Centre

British Library Business & IP Centre.

Helps you start, run and grow your business and free intellectual property and business information, one-to-one advice, workshop, events and networking.

Go to bl.uk/bipc

Employment Advocacy Services Online

Employment Advocacy Services Online.

Are a dedicated team of Lawyers who are solely involved in employment law issues. They offer free a and can advise and represent employees on legal matters concerning unfairness or illegal treatment in the workplace.

Go to employmentadvocacyservices.co.uk

Ealing Chamber of Commerce

Ealing Chamber of Commerce.

Ealing Chamber of Commerce is the local membership for the local business. Working with you and your business, the Chamber focuses all of its energy in delivering opportunities across its network. Ealing Chamber of Commerce is a local branch of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) which gives you access to members from over 2,500 businesses across the capital.

Go to ealingchamber.org

Phase 1 Enterprise Training CIC

Phase 1 Enterprise Training CIC.

Specialises in providing training and mentoring solutions as well as personal development support to benefit the community and in particular benefit persons looking to start up in business or develop an existing business. The Company has a specific emphasis on helping women in business and aims to provide women with the resources, training and facilities to enable them to develop skills and contacts in the local community.

Go to myoutspace.co.uk

Business Launchpad

Business Launchpad.

Business Launchpad offers practical, complete and personalised business guidance and support to young entrepreneurs, aged 16 to 30 who want to set up and run their own business. Our FREE support includes: - Business Awareness Seminars -An introduction to self-employment for anyone who wants to find out more about running their own businesses - One-to-one business counselling - Business skills and training workshops Since 1988, Business Launchpad has provided support to over 5,000 young people. Our unique, all-inclusive support model has also led to impressive survival rates for our young people’s businesses, with 85% still trading after two years.

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Princes Trust

Princes Trust.

The Prince's Trust Enterprise programme supports unemployed young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are viable and whether self-employment is right for them. The programme can give you: - Training to give you a taste of what you need to know and do to start your own business - One-to-one support to help you to explore and test your idea and turn it into a business plan - Support to apply for a low interest loan of up to £4,000 for a sole trader and up to £5,000 for a partnership to help you to start your business - Mentoring to help you develop your business or access other opportunities in education, training, work or volunteering To find out more have a look at the website, or call us on 0800 842842

Go to princes-trust.org.uk/need_help/enterprise_programme.aspx

The Training Pack

The Training Pack.

The Training Pack is based in Ealing, West London and was set up by Glenda Shawley, a SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) accredited Business Adviser and Member of the Institute for Learning. We specialise in small and start up businesses.

Go to www.thetrainingpack.co.uk

Thameside Enterprise

Thameside Enterprise.

Thameside Enterprise was founded in May 2011 by Steve Mathews and Jerry Irving who have many years experience in leading, partnering and delivering business support programmes in West London.

Go to www.thameside-enterprise.org.uk

Enterprising Libraries

Enterprising Libraries.

Enterprising Libraries is a joint initiative between the Arts Council, the British Library and Department of Communities and Local Government which encourages the use of library spaces and resources to stimulate economic growth.

Go to www.artscouncil.org.uk

The Intellectual Property Office

The Intellectual Property Office.

The Intellectual Property Office is responsible for implementing the national framework governing intellectual property rights and for promoting the UK’s interests in the development of the international Intellectual Property Rights system. Intellectual property (IP) is any form of original creation - from music to machinery. The four main types of IP rights are: • Patents protect the processes that make things work • Designs protect the look of three-dimensional shapes • Trade marks protect logos that distinguish goods and services • Copyright protects material only when it is written down or recorded

Go to www.ipo.gov.uk

City Business Library

City Business Library.

City Business Library has a wide range of free information for businesses of all sizes from start-ups to those looking to expand overseas. Information available includes global market research and databases of company contacts for both the UK and overseas. The library hosts a wide variety of seminars and workshops, with professional speakers covering topics ranging from Business planning and Pitching your business for success to Social media for your business and Street smart sales master class. A series of Doing Business in… different countries including Turkey and Russia is also taking place. City Business Library is a public library open to everyone; there are no membership requirements.

Go to www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/cbl

Stanmore College

Stanmore College.

Stanmore College is responsive to the needs of our local businesses and offers a wide range of courses and bespoke training to support your staff. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your business's training and development needs to ensure that we are able to deliver flexible and responsive provision. Whether you're a start-up with an exciting new idea or an established business looking for fresh perspectives and skills, we can fill any training gaps with the commercial skills and knowledge required to help your business flourish

Go to http://www.stanmore.ac.uk/employers.html

Business with Excellence

Business with Excellence.

Business With Excellence offers practical business support through offering courses in business start up,confidence building, marketing legalities, finance, operations and social enterprise. We also run 1-1 mentoring face to face by skype and email. We organise networking events for businesses and individuals to showcase their businesses and gain confidence.

Go to www.businesswithexcellence.com

1230 TWC

1230 TWC.

If you want to develop a dynamic networking presence to add to the marketing mix of your business, 1230 TWC business meetings provide both the environment and solutions to develop a networking strategy that will take your business to business growth and greater heights; to avoid overwhelming and time-wasting activities that leave you behind your competitors. For more business, more contacts, support, a warm welcome, advice, expertise and to connect with other focused, savvy business women.

Go to www.1230.co.uk

Carillion

Carillion.

Carillion is the market leader in the management and operation of public library services in England. Our people and our values form the heart of our business and drive our commitment to delivering safe and sustainable solutions for our clients and creating positive legacies in the communities in which we work. Our approach focuses on the development of three core strands - meeting community needs, providing an innovative virtual offer and re-designing the physical environment. Our commitment is long-term, and we work hard to achieve a thorough understanding of your service needs and objectives from the outset, in order to develop deliverable and affordable solutions that provide best value and ensure library services are tailored to local needs. Carillion Community Solutions Ltd.Increasing access to libraries is centred on continued technological advancements, supporting the ability to deliver a personal approach for our customers, whether face-to-face, through self-service or through the virtual offer and always meeting the individual’s needs. Technology is critically important to library services, both in e-service innovation and enabling the delivery of front-line services at library sites. We have invested in new technology in our libraries, such as a dedicated website in Hounslow and introducing the latest Library Management System and self-service technology in Croydon, with free Wi-Fi across all our sites. We see two important aspects to creating sustainable community hubs: the right mix of services that are delivered through them with a sustainable enterprise model; appropriate infrastructure that enables service delivery to be effective and efficient.

Go to http://www.carillionplc.com/

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Libraries mean business

London Business Portal - The London Business Portal brings together the resourses of three London library authorities, and those of our partners, together in one place. The London Business Portal has been created by Cultural Community Solutions who operate libraries across Ealing, Harrow and Hounslow and has been developed as part of the Enterprising Libraries initiative. Enterprising Libraries is a joint initiative between the Arts Council, the British Library and Department of Communities and Local Government which encourages the use of library spaces and resources to stimulate economic growth.

London Business Portal.