Starting and running your own business

You can find help below to start or grow your business, through programmes that involve mentoring, coaching, skills development and access to finance.

Southwark Council business pages 

Council guidance, information, and opportunities for businesses of all sizes


Programmes supporting individuals and enterprises based in the creative economy. STRIDE specifically supports people in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Wandsworth.

Enterprise for London

Help for new or growing businesses to take the next step, through training, mentoring and access to finance. Most of the programmes are open to adults age 18 or above, and some work with specific groups or types of business.

Hatch Enterprise 

Early stage business support with a specific focus on social enterprises, young entrepreneurs and female founders. Some of the programmes target specific groups and business types.

London Business Hub 

Free support, advice and sources of finance to help start or grow your business.

Business Support Helpline

Contact the government’s Business Support Helpline for free advice to start or grow your business.  

Page last updated: 12 July 2023


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