Business support and advice
Helping you get new customers
Read about how we can help you get new customers, including how to win contracts, local events and promotions, our annual Brilliant Business Awards and west London's supply chain support programme.
Support from the H&F Business Desk
Do you need to cut through council red tape? Find out about local business networks? Get advice on setting up in the borough?
Email us email@example.com or call and leave a message at the H&F Business Desk on 020 8753 5585. We're here to help you directly, or point you to someone who can.
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H&F Shop Local Facebook Group
Our new H&F Shop Local Facebook group page is a new way for local businesses to promote their products and services to local residents online from their own Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Find out more about the Shop Local Facebook group page.
Startup School for Seniors
Startup School for Seniors is the only eLearning programme specifically designed for people over 50.
Starting on Friday 10 September 2021, this programme provides those over 50 with the skills, network and marketplace to turn their ideas into a viable business. Funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, participants will also benefit from being part of a supportive group.
Go to the Startup School for Seniors website to register and get started.
New participants will be accepted up until 23 September. Late entrants will receive an onboarding meeting by phone to make sure that they don’t feel behind.
Free business advice clinics
Are you a small business looking for some free 1-2-1 business advice? Or maybe you have a great business idea? Our team of expert business advisers are here to help you.
Doing business after the EU transition period
Free monthly Enterprise Club
Come down to H&F Enterprise Club for free business advice. Whether you are just thinking about starting a business, in the process of setting one up or have already started and want to grow, the H&F Enterprise Club is here to help.
Free business advice and support helpline for local entrepreneurs and small businesses
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched a new and FREE 'Business Advice and Support Helpline' (BASH) to assist local entrepreneurs and small businesses who are looking to start-up or grow their businesses.
If you are looking for information, advice, training and practical support such as funding, mentoring, networking and office space etc to start, improve or grow your business, the business support helpline can help you.
The service will be operated by experienced advisers. Where relevant practical and beneficial follow up will be given including one-to-one support.
Contact the business helpline on 020 3039 3049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Start Up Loans Programme
The Start Up Loans programme is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is delivered by The Start Up Loans Company (SULCo), a subsidiary of the British Business Bank.
It aims to encourage entrepreneurship in the UK, increase the rate of business creation and improve survival prospects.
More specifically, the programme offers loans (from £500 to £25,000, at 6% interest) alongside free mentoring and support to individuals who are starting a new business or who have been trading for less than two years.
Find out more about Start Up Loans.
Edge of the Box business club
Run by the Chelsea FC Foundation, the Edge of the Box club has been created by our shared passion for enterprise and desire to innovate. The club is aimed at job seekers with an idea, start-ups and businesses who care about start-ups. If you have any queries or questions and to get on invitation list, please contact Carl Southwell, Enterprise & Employability Manager, email@example.com.
Businesses going green
H&F Council announced a climate emergency in July 2019 and pledged to cut the borough’s carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2030. A new pollution-free delivery service has been launched by Hammersmith & Fulham Council for businesses to get the final leg of their deliveries by an emissions-free cargo bike, removing hundreds of polluting delivery van journeys from our roads. Your business can help reduce air pollution in Hammersmith. Sign up to the new cycle delivery service 'Parcels Not Pollution', and they'll pedal your parcels to you for FREE same-day. The scheme is only available in Hammersmith.
You can find other services that help improve air quality in your area by using our directory of businesses that offer ultra-low emission deliveries and services in the councils Clean Air Villages in Fulham, Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush Town Centres.
H&F Shared Electric Van Services
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has teamed up with Zipcar, Fulham Broadway BID, W12 LandSec, and the Park Royal Business Group (PRBG) to launch the first shared electric van service for small businesses in Fulham, Shepherds Bush, Old Oak and Park Royal. From May or June 2021 this will consist of 4 shared electric vans available for use across Hammersmith & Fulham.
Need help in becoming a pop-up shopkeeper?
Made in H&F
Made in H&F is a pilot project between the council and Hammersmith Bid and Kings Mall. It is a pop-up boutique store selling art, jewellery, home accessories, gifts, bags, scarves, urban wear, upcycled furniture, cards, millinery and lots more.
If you are a borough start-up business looking for an affordable opportunity to showcase your products please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Petit Miracle Hub
The Petit Miracle Hub – a business incubation project – is on the lookout for entrepreneurs who need a helping hand to become the retailers of tomorrow.
Every new entrepreneur gets free retail space for three months, business workshops, access to networking events, peer support, broadband, meeting space and a buzzy, inspirational environment.
For more details, email email@example.com or ring on 07557672911 to schedule a time to come in for a chat at the street-level shop, opposite Shepherd’s Bush Green, West12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP.
Helping start-ups and entrepreneurs market their goods
If you are a local start-up or entrepreneur and looking to market your goods, the council organise two large street markets, in Hammersmith & Fulham. For all details about these markets and to book a stall visit our markets page.
Looking for space?
For help with finding the right premises, meeting rooms or exhibition space to give your business room to grow, visit our looking for business space page. We have some of west London's best venues for hire and there's a wealth of advice on organising events and exhibitions.
H&F Brilliant Business Awards
The prestigious annual Brilliant Business Awards are the highlight of the business year in Hammersmith & Fulham. Shine a light on your business and enter the H&F Brilliant Business Awards 2020, its simple and free to enter. More details about the 2020 awards will be published here soon.
The awards form part of the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf 2.56MB) which aims to make the borough the best place to live, work and play in Europe.
H&F Means Business
Hammersmith & Fulham Means Business Expo is an annual event that provides the opportunity for businesses to showcase their business and network. H&F Means Business Expo 2020 details will be published soon.
H&F Local Supply Chain Project
H&F Local Supply Chain is a free business support programme funded by the council which helps local companies to access and win work from major property developments in the borough. They can introduce you to buyers committed to buying more locally and using local traders. They can help improve your chances of winning the work through workshops and one-to-one advice.
If you are in the construction or property maintenance trades and want to find out more, go to the H&F Local Supply Chain Project website.
Better Business for All
Better Business for All (BBfA) is a collaboration between business and regulators to enable simpler and more consistent compliance with relevant regulation, ultimately leading to a safer and more profitable society.
The BBfA website provides a one-stop-shop for businesses to check what is relevant to you and what to do about it.
London & Partners’ Business Growth Programme
London & Partners’ Business Growth programme is offering FREE impartial and tailored business advice and support to SMEs based in London.
The programme provides access to:
- A dedicated business growth advisor – Minimum 12 hours tailored advice and guidance
- Mentors – Access to experienced and commercially successful experts
- Local business support – Introduction to a full range of London & Partners’ professional service providers
- Focused workshops and events in London – Opportunity to learn from expert advisers and peers
- Supply chain development – Opportunity to collaborate with larger corporates with major operations in London seeking access to innovation by opening up supply chains.
Information and guides for starting or developing a business
London Business Hub
London Business Hub brings together the capital’s vast business support offer into a single online portal with an aim of helping businesses navigate the support that is right for them. The support is free and impartial and includes a huge range of resources from planning, starting and growing a business to overcoming business challenges and obstacles.
Business Hub support programmes include:
- Recover & Grow, a business support programme in partnership with the Business School (formally known as CASS), supporting 240 SME leaders.
- Property Advice Service, helping new and established SMEs to negotiate leases with free advice from property consultants.
- Peer Networks, providing 240 business with facilitated ‘action learning’ group sessions and 1:1 support.
The Business Hub support offer includes:
- Access to a one-to-one advice session - please go to the London’s Business Advisers page to book a meeting with an experienced business adviser. Meetings will be located at Huddle, 3 Shortlands, Hammersmith, W6 3DA or by video calling facilities.
- Investment Readiness Programme supporting early stage businesses to navigate the complex process of securing finance from external investors.
- A peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs to collaboratively work through common business issues with expert facilitators. For more information see Peer Networks website.
The Small Business Leadership Programme
- A programme supporting senior leaders to enhance their business’s resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19. It helps small and medium-sized businesses to develop their potential for future growth and productivity. The fully funded 10-week programme will be delivered online. For more information see Small Business Leadership Programme.
The Entrepreneur Handbook is a useful guide if you are starting a business.
informi is a useful website for small business starting and managing a business.
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Guides and templates for writing a business plans
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HMRC enquiries: Complete guide for small businesses from the FSB
FSB guide to dealing with HMRC enquiries takes businesses through the process, including how long they take, what you need to do and how you can protect your business.
Get help with tax and the HMRC
Help starting a new business
All the latest news, information and advice for businesses in H&F. Check out the latest issue of our Business Connects e-newsletter and sign up for future releases.
The Business helpdesk is your first port of call, and from there we can direct you to free and paid-for services available within the council or from external partners.
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Setting up a social enterprise
For advice on starting a social enterprise that helps people or communities, including legal structures such as community interest companies and co-operatives, visit the GOV.UK setting up a social enterprise page.
Networking, facts and figures
For facts, figures and where to get support for your business, visit Networking, facts and figures.