London Borough of Westminster

The City of Westminster provides advice, support and information to startups and established firms in the borough.

Business support

Westminster City Council provides signposting to sources of business support, advice and information for startups and small firms.

Westminster City Council provides advice and guidance on business continuity planning.

Westminster Investment Service

The Westminster Investment Service provides support to existing and new investors. Working closely with London & Partners and Westminster’s Business Improvement Districts, the service guides investors into and around the borough.

Business Energy Audit Scheme

Small and medium-sized businesses in Westminster can apply for an audit and action plan to help make their business more environmentally friendly. Eligible businesses can work across all sectors, but must have fewer than 250 employees and a total balance sheet of less than £18 million.


Westminster libraries are a good source of information and intelligence for startups and small business owners.

Trading licences

The local licensing team provides information about how to apply for various trading licences.

Business rates

London Borough of Westminster is responsible for collecting business rates and dealing with any related queries.


Westminster City Council provides information to help business owners bid for public sector tenders.

Emergency contacts

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

  • Collapsed or unsafe buildings or structures.
  • Emergency repairs to council-owned property.
  • Street and pavement issues such as traffic lights, streetlights and blocked drains.
  • Extreme weather.

Tel: 020 7641 6000

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