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.

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Hear from a Newham rebel - Michael Dinh Ho founder of MDH Properties Ltd   

Michael Dinh Ho founder of MDH Properties Ltd Case Study

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.

View a list of organisations that support start-up businesses and help existing businesses to grow.

Start-up businesses (PDF)

If you get Universal Credit, see what support is available to you: Help with moving from benefits to work: Starting or running your own business - GOV.UK (

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