Business helpdesk

The Business Desk 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.

020 8753 5585

business-support@lbhf.gov.uk

For further help visit our training and employment support for businesses.

Advice to business

A summary of the different support organisations available to local businesses.

Accountants
Search online for a local accountant.

Banks 
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.

Your Business Community (YBC) /Business Exchange
Frustrated with the way existing business groups, federations and chambers were performing, in 2014, seasoned and experienced entrepreneurs and business owners Ted Wigzell and Paul Kelly decided to bring business support into the 21st century. 

The creation of Your Business Community brings the best of what these other groups have to offer, but in a modern, contemporary format with a focus on protecting and supporting members whilst endeavoring to help them grow and flourish.  Contact - 0333 358 3399  www.yourbusinesscommunity.co.uk

Building for Growth
Funded by the CITB and London Enterprise Panel as part of the Greater London Joint Initiative.

Building for Growth is a new business support programme which is completely free to access for small and medium sizes construction companies based in Greater London. It has been launched against the background of a construction boom in London and the need to ensure local companies upskill to gain their fair share of the work available. There will be workshops, 1-2-1 sessions with business advisers and live contract opportunities from buyers we are working with. It aims to:

  • help you to access more work opportunities in your area
  • improve your chances of winning tenders
  • take your business to the next level

This programme will get you in front of buyers, ready with the skills they tell us you need to have. It will give you 1-2-1 sessions to help you with your business strategy and implement the policies and accreditation you need.

You can find out more about Building for Growth and the programme of events covering your area here. Or email us at buildingforgrowth@sharedintelligence.net

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 per cent 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. Visit the Business Electricity Prices website.

Filming in Hammersmith & Fulham
The borough is in high demand for location filming. The film location officer 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 the film location officer, Bernadette Bernard on 020 8753 2351. Visit our filming webpages.

Newable
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. Visit the Newable website

Groundwork London
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. Call on 020 8743 3040 or visit the Groundwork London website.

Hammersmith & Fulham Chamber of Commerce
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. Call on 020 8840 6332 or visit the H&F Chamber of Commerce website.

Open to Export
Acommunity 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. Visit the Open to Export website.

Solicitors 
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 online.

West London Business
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. Call on 020 8607 2500 or visit the West London Business website.

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