H&F launches new Patch business support scheme with help of local community

Local residents and businesses now have the chance to use their skills and experience to mentor local businesses struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s new Patch scheme. 

The council’s latest business support service will initially match mentors with businesses which need financial, legal and digital marketing guidance. 

The UK’s leading digital venture builder, Blenheim Chalcot, based in Hammersmith Broadway, is one of the first local businesses to have joined the initiative, and will be offering legal guidance. 

This is the latest effort from H&F Council to help support local businesses through these testing times.  

“It’s great to see local businesses and residents giving up their time for our new Patch initiative supporting business owners and entrepreneurs in need due to this pandemic,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy. 

“We are doing everything we possibly can to help our local economy bounce back stronger than ever as we continue to make H&F the best place to do business in Europe.” 

Find out more about the business support available here.

“We are proud to be part of the new Patch initiative from H&F,” said Manoj Badale, founding partner of Blenheim Chalcot. 

“We have been in the borough for more than 20 years and in that time our business has grown into over 30 portfolio companies in the tech sector. We now want to use our experience and skills to support small local businesses struggling in these testing times and help get the local economy thriving again.” 


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Image caption: Image 1: Patch volunteers (pictured from left to right) Josie Filmer, Frances Umeh and Mark Elliott

Patch draws on the success of the H&F CAN (Community Aid Network), which has demonstrated the generosity of local residents to assist those in need during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Each volunteer will give up from two to four hours of their time each month to mentor or guide a business in the borough with all support and guidance done online. 

The first local residents and businesses to have volunteered are communications expert Frances Umeh, who is providing digital marketing guidance, Blenheim Chalcot talent and networks director Josie Filmer, who is offering legal guidance, while Hammersmith resident Mark Elliott is providing guidance on finance to businesses who sign up to the scheme.  

“I was born and bred in H&F and have always loved the willingness of local residents to support a great cause,” Frances said. 

“The pandemic has been dreadful for us all but I believe that together we will be able to rebuild our local economy and community. If you are a young professional like me, this is a chance for you to make a difference to the community where you live so please do consider doing so.” 

Local resident and business adviser Mark Elliott said: "Hammersmith has indeed been my patch for over 25 years, and I want to make a positive contribution to the recovery of this borough, for all. My background in businesses, large and small, and now as a coach and adviser to businesses means I understand the pain that many small businesses and entrepreneurs are now experiencing, and I want to help them as much as I possibly can in these testing times." 

While Josie of Blenheim Chalcot added: “I am looking forward to helping local business owners in H&F by using my legal background and experience. We have a vibrant local business community in the borough and I encourage any local businesses which are able to help to get involved in Patch.”  

Need more info?

If you would like to get involved or receive some help, please visit our H&F Patch web page.

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