Support for businesses


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London Business Hub
The London Business Hub has a number of resources to help you start, sustain and grow your business. Click on the above link to view its upcoming events/webinars.

Newable helps companies thrive by providing the essential resources they need to take the next step with their business. They support companies of all shapes, styles and sizes because variety and diversity fuels a thriving economy. Click on the above link to view its upcoming events/webinars.

Google for Startups
Google for Startups supports growing startups to utilise its resources, classes, connections and expertise to build their technical skills and knowledge.

It runs a number of programmes including:

  • Startup School: Provides practical workshops on training for startup founders and their teams, covering topics including SEO, user experience and Google ads.
  • Residency: Supports growth-stage startups to make the most of Google’s products, connections and best practices. Startups benefit from tailored mentoring, as well as access to workspace.
  • Live sessions: A virtual event series bringing together Google experts, industry leaders, venture capitalists and coaches to support founders with their questions.
  • Immersion (black founders): A 12-week skill-building mentorship programme for Black-founded startups. It prepares founders to grow their businesses, raise funding, and advance their leadership skills.
  • Immersion (women founders): A 12-week mentorship-focused programme connecting women-founded startups from across Europe with Google resources.

Click here to find out more.

Newham Chamber of Commerce

Newham Chamber of commerce

We understand that many businesses are facing rising costs and a sense of uncertainty. In Newham there is a dynamic chamber of commerce which offers a multitude of benefits, such as networking opportunities, business support, free legal and financial advice, monthly events and a monthly newsletter.

To enable as many businesses as possible to take advantage of this, in collaboration between the Newham Chamber of Commerce we are providing free membership; this is made possible by the Government’s allocation of the Additional Restrictions Grant to the Council.

So we are calling on all entrepreneurs, sole traders, partnerships and small businesses with up to five employees who aren’t already members to join for free and capitalise on this great initiative designed to support the continuous growth of your business.

Upcoming Events/Webinar

Market Traders Workshop

Thursday 20 June – 11am-1pm


Are you a market trader looking to enhance your business skills and maximise profits? Join e-Business online for their workshop designed specifically for our market traders. 

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For more information and to register Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

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The Barclays Black Founder Accelerator is a 12-week programme aimed at supporting Black founder-led businesses through masterclasses and mentoring. It covers topics like financial metrics, cash flow management, product development, marketing strategies, recruitment, pitching, and fundraising. Industry leaders lead weekly sessions, and mentors work closely with start-ups to help them grow and scale.

Next applications will open on 21 June.

Windrush Day Fair

Saturday 22 June  – 2-5pm

East Ham Town Hall

Newham celebrates Windrush Day 2024, honouring Caribbean heritage and the 1948 arrival of HMT Empire Windrush. The Windrush Day Fair will feature local business stalls, art workshops and live music by local steel pan band Pan Vibrations. 

Local food vendors GT Spice Caribbean Takeaway and Jackie’s Love Kitchen will be offering delicious island cuisine for purchase.

For more information click here.

Barclays Business – Fraud & Online Security

Wednesday 26 June 10:00-11:00


This fraud and masterclass session is a crucial role in our duty and commitment to protecting our customers and keeping them informed about the latest trends and strategies in fraud prevention and cyber security. One in five UK companies fell victim to fraud between 2018 and 2020 with the average cost per business at about £16,000 according to Financial Times and this statistic will keep growing and therefore it is an essential part of our efforts to protect our customers and keeping them well informed.

To register your interest please click here.

How to Become B Corp Ready Thursday 

Wednesday 26 June - 9.30am-11.30am


Take a deep dive into the world of B Corps and explore the journey of becoming certified. This rigorous, comprehensive and rewarding process is one of the most important steps you can take as a business, and we will help you determine if your business is ready for this journey. Join us for an informative online workshop led by an industry expert who has recently achieved B Corp certification with their own business. 

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Discover Entrepreneurship: Information Session - General Public

Wednesday 26 June 11:00-12:00

Stratford Library

Join us for an information session to learn why you should be considering entrepreneurship ahead of our final online Rebel Business School.

Book your free slot now


Business Start-up course

1-12 July – 10am - 3pm - Online

Start a business with no money and no business plan and build the life you want.

This programme has been sponsored by Newham Council to allow local residents and businesses to undertake the course for free.

Book your free space now

Financial Crime and Fraud Professional Industry Masterclass

Thursday 4 July – 10-11am

This session will cover -

  • Financial Crime awareness including Client Premium Account and Cash Regulation
  • Fraud Awareness including: • Impersonation Fraud – a trend impacting the industry
  • Fraudsters in Action – a live example
  • Measures you can take to protect your business

Digital Domination: Easy Ways to Finding Growth Opportunities with Data & AI.

Grow Your Business with Data 

Tuesday 9 July – 12-2:30pm 

Location: Committee rooms 1 and 2 East Ham Town Hall, 328 Barking Rd, London E6 2RP

A light Lunch will be provided.

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Newham business conference 2024

Newham Business Conference 2024
Thursday 11th July – 10.30am-5pm
University of East London, Stratford 

Building on the success of Newham’s previous two business conferences in 2022 and 2023, this year’s event is bigger and better and will include guest speaker presentations and informative panel discussions throughout the day. There will be a range of exhibitors for you to visit and numerous opportunities for networking and sharing ideas.
Don’t miss out! 

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Boost Your Business with Email Marketing Growth Strategies 
Thursday 13th June
9.30am-12.30pm - Online
Are you a small business struggling to make email marketing work as a valuable channel for your business? Join this virtual event to understand the must-haves of email marketing automation, segmentation and content strategy to drive sales, build loyalty and connect with your customers. 

Diversity in Supply Chains

Hear from a consortium of respected speakers to discuss the incredible value of having a more diverse and inclusive supply chain.

Samuel Wilson's Loan Trust for young people

Samuel Wilson's Loan Trust is a charity which offers business loans to young people aged 18-39 who are "in need by reason of ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages" to establish and develop new businesses.

The maximum loan is £50,000 starting at 2% interest. Please note that, as part of the application process, a robust business plan with detailed and realistic financial forecasts is required.

Help to Grow: Management Course

The Help to Grow: Management Course is designed and delivered by entrepreneurs and industry experts from world-class business schools. It provides:

  • access to 12 weeks of learning designed to fit alongside work commitments
  • development of a bespoke business growth plan to help your business reach its full potential
  • 1:1 support from a business mentor
  • networking opportunities

The programme is 90% funded by the Government so you only pay £750.

A series of Newham Sparks workshops to boost your business

Newham Council and London Design and Engineering UTC are running a series of Newham Sparks workshops for the borough’s businesses. The first of these workshops will be held on Tuesday, 30 January at East Ham Town Hall. Here, you can learn about how data can help you improve your business.

Why not join the workshops as a New Year initiative? This is for all types of businesses, whether you’re a high street shop big or small, sole trader or any other business in Newham. You do not need to have any existing awareness of data or AI technology in order to join, it is designed for beginners.
Click here to join the workshops.

The Mayor of London’s scrappage scheme for businesses

The Mayor of London’s new scrappage scheme for vans and minibuses has been designed to further tackle the negative impact of toxic air pollution in London. It will enable eligible SMEs and charities with ten or less employees to replace polluting vehicles that don't meet the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) emissions standards – ULEZ is expanding to include outer London on 29 August.

The scrappage scheme offers six grant payment options. We encourage Newham businesses who aren’t ULEZ compliant to consider trading up to a fully electric vehicle using either a grant of £7,500 for a van or £9,500 for a minibus.


Queen Mary University of London's qNomics Programme offers free business services ranging from advice and training on business finance to planning, market research and expansion.

This free advice and support is delivered by students from Queen Mary's School of Economics and Finance under the supervision of expert practitioners who volunteer their services as part of their commitment to pro bono work.

Here is a list of our upcoming events/training this year. If you are interested in any of these then please email us and get in touch. Further details will be available closer to the time.