London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Tower Hamlets provides advice, support and information to startups and established firms in the borough.

Business support

Tower Hamlets Council provides signposting to sources of business support and advice for startups and small firms in the borough.
Email: business.support@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/business/business_support_and_advice/business__enterprise/business_support.aspx

Tower Hamlets Council provides advice and guidance on business continuity planning.
Email: emergency.planning@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/community_and_living/community_safety__crime_preve/emergencies/business_continuity_planning.aspx

London Borough of Tower Hamlets provides information and advice for local traders to help ensure they comply with trading standards legislation.
Email: tradingstandards@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/business/trading_standards/trading_standards_advice_to_businesses.aspx

Pivot Project

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has partnered with Enterprise Nation to deliver the Pivot Project, offering 150 small businesses in the borough a programme of business support and financial support of up to £1,000.

The initiative is open to businesses with up to 49 employees who were trading in Tower Hamlets before 30 June 2021 and whose business needs to adapt to a new business environment.

Support includes:

  • £1,000 grant to spend on professional advice or business equipment.
  • Free Enterprise Nation membership.
  • An action plan on how to grow and pivot.
  • Access to a peer-to-peer network.
  • Access to support from Google, Enterprise Nation, Kickstart Scheme, QMUL and more.

Website: https://www.enterprisenation.com/pivotproject/

Business premises

London Borough of Tower Hamlets lists council-owned premises available to rent.
Email: commercial.lettings@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/business/commercial_property/commercial_lettings/commercial_lettings.aspx

Libraries

Libraries in Tower Hamlets are part of the Idea Store service. They are a good source of information and intelligence for startups and small business owners.
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/leisure_and_culture/libraries/libraries.aspx

Trading licences

The local licensing team provides information about how to apply for various trading licences.
Email: licensing@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/business/licences/licences.aspx

Business rates

London Borough of Tower Hamlets is responsible for collecting business rates and dealing with any related queries.
Email: businessrates@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/business/business_rates/business_rates.aspx

Procurement

Tower Hamlets Council provides information to help business owners find and bid for tenders and contracts.
Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/business/tenders_and_contract/tenders_and_contracts.aspx

Emergency contacts

Tower Hamlets Council provides an out-of-hours service for emergencies such as:

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

Website: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/content_pages/contact_us/emergency_contacts.aspx

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