There are a range of start-up support programmes provided by various partners across London. Please see an overview of the programmes below as well as website details for how to access further information.
- 639 centre
- Enterprise for London
- Bright Ideas Trust
- Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme
- Capital Enterprise
639 is a visionary space for business, employment and volunteering in the heart of Tottenham. Run by local charity the London Youth Support Trust (LYST), the 639 building has been developed as a centre to help local people get started in business and gain employment skills.
Visit the 639 Centre (external link)
Enterprise for London (EFL) is an enterprise organisation supporting local businesses to start and grow. Having recently secured Government Regional Growth Fund money, EFL deliver a local start-up support programme to help new businesses launch and grow.
Support includes one to one advice, business skills training, mentoring and business planning. In addition they can help business raise funding of up £25,000 through the Start Up Loans Company.
A comprehensive package of business support for 16-30 year olds not currently in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) as well as other disadvantaged groups, who are looking to start a business. The Bright Ideas Trust was established in 2007 by Tim Campbell, the first winner of The Apprentice.
Available assistance includes business support, finance, mentoring and networking events.
The Prince’s Trust provide a programme of support and funding for those aged between 18-30 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week. Applicants will receive support with business planning and if successful, also receive support and expertise from an experienced mentor for up to two years.
Capital Enterprise is a membership body for providers of enterprise support services in London. Its members provide a wide range of services including advice, training and mentoring to pre-start and trading entrepreneurs across London.
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