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 business-support@lbhf.gov.uk 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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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 handf@yourbusiness.help

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 sessions at Hammersmith library

  • Are you thinking about starting a business and need advice?
  • Have you started a business and need some support?
  • Do you want help growing your business?

To book please email business-support@lbhf.gov.uk or call 020 8753 5585.

Free social media advice sessions at Fulham library with a social media expert

Are you a starting a business; in the pre start-up phase or already established; pondering how to grow your business brand?

Want to know more about  you how to harness tactics such as blogging, search engine optimisation, social media, mobile and content marketing to increase revenue, drive brand awareness and solidify customer relationships?

To book please email business-support@lbhf.gov.uk or call 020 8753 5585.

Free business advice and support sessions at Shepherds Bush library

  • Are you thinking about starting up in business, and don’t know where to start? 
  • Are you trying to scale your business or just keep your head above water?
  • Are you unsure of the next steps for your business?
  • Do you want to accelerate your side hustle to be your main income?
  • Are you looking for investment for your business?

To book please email business-support@lbhf.gov.uk or call 020 8753 5585.

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. More details see the Edge of the Box business club flyer (pdf).

Business workshops

We also run business workshops which cover specific topics that businesses have told us they want to know more about. All these workshops take place at the Macbeth Centre. 

Project Management

To book please visit the HFALS website.

Need help in becoming a pop-up shopkeeper?

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 in a kiosk, business workshop support, access to networking events, business advice, peer backing, broadband, meeting space and a buzzy, inspirational environment.

For more details, call in for a chat at the first floor of the West12 Shopping Centre on Shepherds Bush Green, call 07903 566 429 or email info@petitmiracles.org.uk

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 web 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

Local businesses shine at H&F Brilliant Business Awards

The borough’s best businesses were honoured at the H&F Brilliant Business Awards on Wednesday 7 November 2018. A record number of local firms enjoyed the gala night at Hammersmith Town Hall, which truly reflected the thriving entrepreneurial spirit in H&F. There were also a record number of public votes as thousands of people nominated their favourite businesses in the borough.

See all the pictures from the gala ceremony on our Flickr photo gallery

“Congratulations to all the award winners and businesses which were shortlisted this year,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts. “Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, local businesses continue to start, grow and prosper in the borough as we work alongside them to make H&F the best place to do business in Europe.”

The awards form part of the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf) which aims to make the borough the best place to live, work and play in Europe.

H&F Means Business

An annual event that provides the opportunity for businesses to showcase their business and network.

Information and advice

For facts, figures and where to get support for your business, visit our business information and advice page.

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.

Click the link to take you to 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.

Further details about the business growth programme.

Information and guides for starting or developing a business

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

The London Growth Hub

The London Growth Hub brings together the capital’s vast business support offer into a single online resource. The site also brings you closer to other businesses through our online forum and case studies that show how businesses like you have been supported to start up and grow.

It is easy and free to join the London Growth Hub community, just register your details on the London Growth Hub website and you will be able to access a personalised dashboard of information as well as access to a range of free business support events.

The London Growth Hub is delivered by the LEAP which is the Local Enterprise Partnership for London. Chaired by the Mayor of London, the LEAP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London’s boroughs and business to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.

Entrepreneur Handbook

The Entrepreneur Handbook is a useful guide if you are starting a business.

informi website

informi is a useful website for small business starting and managing a business.

Useful guides on running a business from home

Click here for a home business guide (pdf), or visit running a business from home on the GOV.UK website.

Guides and templates for writing a business plans

Writing a business plan guide on the GOV.UK website.

The ultimate guide to business accounting

The ultimate guide to business accounting from Sage.

Get help with tax and the HMRC

Get help with tax from the GOV.UK website.

Help starting a new business

Business Connects

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.

Business helpdesk

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.

Thinking of moving to H&F?

Hammersmith & Fulham is great for business - and we've got the evidence to prove it. Here's why you should think about moving to H&F.

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.

Business directory

A business directory is available on our website to help people looking for local suppliers or contacts. View our business directory. It's available online or as a CD-ROM.

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