London Borough of Lewisham

London Borough of Lewisham provides advice, support and information to startups and established firms in Lewisham.

Business support

Lewisham Council provides signposting to business support services, training and events for startups and small firms in the borough.
Website: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/business

Lewisham Business Resilience and Growth Programme

The Lewisham Business Resilience and Growth Programme offers eligible Lewisham-based businesses access to a wide range of support to help them recover from the impact of COVID-19. Support includes:

  • A diagnostic to help set business goals and the best ways of achieving them.
  • One-to-one advice and support from experienced business advisers and experts.
  • Workshops and events facilitated by industry experts.
  • The opportunity to apply for a funded work placement.
  • Access to business resources and local support networks.
  • The opportunity to connect with like-minded businesses providing opportunities to collaborate with and learn alongside others.

To participate in this programme, businesses must be:

  • Based in the London Borough of Lewisham (operating wholly or mainly from premises in the borough).
  • A small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees.
  • Currently trading and registered on Companies House/ registered with a Unique Tax Reference Number (UTR) through HMRC.

We Are Lewisham: High Street support programme

Lewisham Council and Goldsmiths, University of London are providing a range of support to help high street businesses in Lewisham embrace We Are Lewisham, the 2022 Borough of Culture programme, and maximise all the opportunities for increased trade it will bring. Support includes:

  • Online and in-person opportunities to meet and collaborate with other businesses.
  • Exclusive access to workshops and opportunities for one-to-one support.
  • Regular updates on planned Borough of Culture events and activities and how you can get involved.
  • The chance to apply for up to £2,500 of funding per business to help you get involved, with application support to help you along the way.

To participate in this programme, businesses must be:

  • Based in the London Borough of Lewisham (operating wholly or mainly from premises in the borough).
  • A small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees.
  • Currently trading and registered on Companies House/ registered with a Unique Tax Reference Number (UTR) through HMRC.

Business premises

London Borough of Lewisham provides information on co-working spaces available to rent.
Website: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/business/commercial-property

Libraries

Lewisham libraries are a good source of information and intelligence for startups and small business owners.
Website: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/libraries

Trading licences

The local licensing team provides information about how to apply for various trading licences.
Website: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/business/licences-and-street-trading

Business rates

London Borough of Lewisham is responsible for collecting business rates and dealing with any related queries.
Website: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/business/businessrates

Procurement

Lewisham Council provides information to help business owners bid for public sector tenders.
Website: https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/business/tendersandcontracts/procurement

Emergency contacts

London Borough of Lewisham provides an out-of-hours service for emergencies such as:

  • Collapsed or unsafe buildings.
  • Emergency repairs to council-owned property.
  • Extreme weather.

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