Support for businesses

Business start-ups

Advice on starting a business

If you have an idea, and you think you can turn it into a business, we can help. We offer a range of advice & guidance to people who want to start a business based in Newham.

Getting started

To get your ideas off the ground, you need to research your market, assess your competitors and start preparing a business plan. Getting advice and information on the different aspects of running a business is vital to your success. This can be daunting. To make it easier for you, we have put together a list of organisations and companies who can provide all the necessary support. Most of this is free of charge but in some cases a small fee is payable.

‘I’ve never regretted the process of planning. You plan, you try and the trying gives you feedback. Then you plan again, you try and you get feedback. That's it.’ 

Darryl Powis - Guitar Tuition East London, Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2021

Request our Start-up guide: this guide is for anyone considering setting up a business in Newham, you will get access to proven local case studies, business ideas and tools needed to setup and run your business.

To request a copy please complete our contact us form.


Brief background

Support on offer



Acas aims to improve working life through better employment relations, helping employers and employees to solve problems and work together effectively.

  • Employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practices.
  • Free online courses such as HR for beginners, covering contracts, hours, pay, leave and time off.
  • Useful templates, advice, and guidance including dispute resolution support.


Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

BEIS is a government department supported by 42 agencies and public bodies. Backing enterprise and long-term growth, generating cleaner, homegrown energy and unleashing the UK as a science superpower through innovation.

  • Providing links between industry, energy and climate change, and enabling a united focus on markets, investors and consumers.
  • Delivering on industrial strategy
  • Maximising investment opportunities and bolstering UK interests
  • Promoting competitive markets and responsible business practices
  • Ensuring the UK has a reliable, low-cost and clean energy system

Entrepreneurial Spark

Entrepreneurial Spark is a purpose-led accelerator for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark) is a free business accelerator offering business support to start-ups. Having established an ESpark London Hub in Islington, and inspired by open business models like Linux, Wikipedia and Roblox, ESpark is developing a platform to deliver free, focussed human support on demand. This is due to launch soon.

  • Business support to start-ups
  • Helping business owners to think differently about how they can grow their business

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation provides expert advice and support for small businesses. Currently offering the StartUp UK programme to help start or grow your business.



  • StartUp Kit
  • free e-learning programmes
  • practical advice and money saving guidance
  • supporting entrepreneurs to upskill through

e-learning videos

  • Start-up workshops

  • The StartUp Show
  • Saturday 28 January 2023 at King's College London.

Discover everything you need to know about starting a business but also connect with advisers and business experts who’ll help you take the next step.

Click here to register. £10 if you book before 31 December 2022.



Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses is a business organisation representing SMEs. As a start-up, once you are up and running you may wish to review the membership support service available from the FSB. As a member, you can get access to a whole host of benefits such as the FSB Legal Hub, which offers legal documents (templates, policies, HR documents).

  • How to do market research
  • Registering your business
  • Building your brand identity
  • Writing a brilliant business plan
  • Business finance basics
  • Your workplace
  • Marketing your business online

Newham Council

Funding for community projects.

Facilitates grants and funding options available through its partnerships with major local employers.

  • Funding support for residents, community interest companies (CICs) and charity organisations based in Newham


Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is a non-ministerial government department offering businesses advice and financial help from government-backed schemes.


You can watch videos, sign up for email alerts and register for free webinars.

You can also get:

  • help with tax
  • regional help with exporting
  • advice on writing a business plan


London Business Hub

The London Business Hub is the Mayor of London one-stop shop for businesses, packed full of impartial, free advice to help with any issues that you might be facing.



  • Start Up London programme
  • Marketing and market research
  • Financial planning
  • Good business planning
  • Developing your business concept
  • Registering your business, alongside legal and tax considerations
  • Growing your customer base and managing clients


National Enterprise Network

This membership organisation offers support to start-ups and SMEs. Their search tool can be used to identify local support.

  • An annual conference and awards ceremony
  • Free webinars hosted by experts
  • Member huddles
  • Discounts and cashback
  • Opportunities to collaborate on a national and international contracts


Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

The Prince's Trust supports 18-30 year olds.

  • Business planning and funding
  • Business mentoring


Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London is delivering an initiative called ‘qNomics’, in which third year and masters’ students from the School of Economics & Finance provide free financial advice to start-ups and entrepreneurs on the challenges that they are facing.

  • Business planning
  • Cash flow
  • Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Financial advice and funding streams
  • Market research


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign initiated by American Express, which promotes the shop local ethos across communities.

  • Promoting small businesses through Small Business Finder.
  • Offering access to regular webinars and courses
  • Regular social media campaigns, including Instagram stories and live chats with entrepreneurs.

Start Up Donut

Start Up Donut is a supportive community and a business accelerator for small business owners and people with a start-up idea.

  • Learn how to set up your business
  • Breakdown of the different types of ownership
  • Information on forming your business correctly and ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules.

Transmit Startups

Transmit Startups is a national delivery partner of the British Business Bank for Start Up Loans, a government-backed scheme to encourage new entrepreneurs with resources

  • Finance, support and mentoring to new and existing entrepreneurs aged 18 and over
  • Low interest start-up loans
  • Free business planning support and post-loan mentoring



UMi supports business subscribers to find and collate information.



  • Finance and funding sign posting
  • Learning material and tools
  • Regular webinars


Newham Chamber of Commerce One of London’s long standing Chambers of Commerce, running for over 55 years, offering you excellent networking and business support.

Free membership available to all entrepreneurs, sole traders, partnerships and small business organisations based in Newham (with up to 5 employees).

Benefits of joining:

  • Regular networking opportunities
  • monthly events with industry led speakers
  • business support
  • free legal and financial advice
  • members newsletters
  • promotion and marketing
  • members discounts
  • business awards.

Start Up Loans Company

Part of the British Business Bank the Start Up Loans Company was established in September 2012, with a mission to help new and early-stage UK businesses access affordable finance and mentoring support.

  • Borrow up to £25,000
  • Mentoring
  • Learn with Start Up Loans through their Open University online learning tool kit
Free essential guide to starting a business

Open University courses:

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