Advice to business
A summary of the different support organisations available to local businesses.
• BNI (Business Network International)/Business Exchange - BNI provides a structured, supportive, business environment in which local business people can get together to network, learn valuable new marketing skills and develop the strong personal relationships. Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Greater London Enterprise - (tel 020 7403 0300, www.gle.co.uk ) - specialises in providing advice and finance for small companies including a range of loans, factoring services and venture capital. Funding is also available to support joint ventures with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) abroad.
• Groundwork London - (tel 020 8743 3040, www.groundwork-london.org.uk ) - provides practical environmental advice to help businesses reduce costs, improve their environmental performance and thereby demonstrate their commitment to employees and customers. As an independent local charity working with businesses, public bodies and the community, Groundwork aims to bring about environmental improvements by addressing social, physical and economic regeneration.
• Hammersmith & Fulham Chamber of Commerce - (tel 020 8840 6332, www.hfchamber.co.uk ) - is the premier membership organisation for businesses of all types and sizes trading in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and beyond. The Chamber provides a forum and a strong local voice for businesses and professionals, and aims to increase their competitiveness by promoting the sharing of information on business issues and encouraging trading between members.
• Open to Export - (www.opentoexport.com ) - is a community driven service for small and medium sized businesses, looking for help and support in exporting from the UK. The website provides information and advice on exporting products and services from the UK in the form of articles, events and opportunities. This content is produced and contributed by the site's users, partner organisations and key contributors.
• Park Royal Partnership Group - (www.parkroyal.org
) is a privately owned business membership and urban regeneration agency formed in 1992. They are committed to the promotion of the economic development and sustainability of Park Royal, Europe’s largest industrial estate. For more information about the PRP corporate and SME membership,
contact Park Royal Partnership, tel: 020 3110 2381, email: email@example.com.
• West London Business - (tel 020 8607 2500, www.westlondon.com ) - works to increase the economic competitiveness of the area by providing a forum for businesses to network more effectively, lobby government on business issues and secure government funding to be used by and on behalf of west London businesses. WLB is a membership organisation funded through subscriptions and third party income, with over 300 business members including world brands such as BAA and GlaxoSmithKline. It offers conferencing facilities and a property and inward investment service for its members.
• Business Electricity Prices. In the current climate businesses are looking to make savings in any way they can and many are unaware of the options available to them when it comes to electricity. Some businesses find themselves paying up to 61% more after their first year due to their contracts auto-renewing.
Business Electricity Prices have a strong track record of providing free advice and cost efficient electricity tariffs for both new and already established businesses. www.businesselectricityprices.org.uk
• Filming in Hammersmith & Fulham. The borough is in high demand for location filming. The film location officer, Janet Potter, advises film-makers and location managers on getting the correct permissions and co-operation from the different council departments. Janet can also provide expert technical advice and help with the shoot, as well as sorting out the negotiation of fees, invoices and indemnity forms. Contact Bernadette Bernard on 020 8753 2351. Visit the filming website at www.lbhf.gov.uk/filming.
You will need to open a business banking account. Most of the high street banks have trained business advisors to help you through those critical early stages.
You will probably also need the services of a solicitor and an accountant. Many people choose this service on recommendation from a friend or work colleague, or check out local services in Hammersmith and Fulham at www.yell.co.uk .
You can also find an accountant at: www.icaewfirms.co.uk .
Page last updated: 30/04/2013