Hundreds of business leaders from across the borough came together for a full day of networking, education, advice and support organised by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
The annual H&F Means Business event returned to Hammersmith Town Hall last week for the third year. The full-day event, organised in partnership with business support group Your Business Community saw small firms – from new start-ups to the long established – come together under one roof last Thursday (17 March).
And a showcase run by charity Petit Miracles, based in the W12 Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush, exhibited products from 10 local start-up businesses.
Petit Miracles’ general manager Kate Moore was full of praise for the H&F Means Business event.
“It was a really good day and very helpful,” said Kate, whose charity provides space for start-up businesses and helps people get back into work by teaching them furniture restoration and other skills.
“The advice was relevant and we liked the way the event was so informal and friendly, Kate added. “It was good to meet other local businesses and to hear that they really like what we’re bringing to the area.”
More than 100 one-to-one business advice sessions were held with experts on hand to give tips on everything entrepreneurs need to succeed.
More than 50 businesses held stands promoting their work, while 10 stands run by H&F Council provided advice for small firms, including how to access online training courses and start-up opportunities in North End Road.
Experts gave talks on a wide range of subjects, including how to grow a business and using social media effectively.
“Small local businesses are not just the lifeblood of our economy, they help define H&F’s identity, said H&F Council’s Chief Executive Nigel Pallace. “We want to help them flourish.”