Planning

Without a plan, how do you know where you’re going?

We know you’re ambitious and we know you’re enthusiastic. We know you want to make this work. After all, why else would you be here?

But getting ahead of yourself can be just as big of a problem as falling behind. That’s why we’re here – to guide you through these early stages and to make sure you’re not only doing it, but doing it right.

We want to help you make sense of your ideas and see you turn them into a thriving business. We’re here to help you with the intricacies of planning and to help you avoid all the pitfalls that make these early stages so difficult to navigate.

We’ve also brought together a range of business toolkits to help you develop your business idea and get started. You can explore our toolkits below, as well as find relevant support, resources and events.

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Staying Safe Online
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Staying Safe Online

Advice and tips to help your business stay safe online.

Dream Bigger
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Dream Bigger

Support for young females to develop entrepreneurial skills.

NatWest Business Builder
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NatWest Business Builder

Learn how to take your idea or early-stage business to the next level.

Business Enterprise Workshop
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Business Enterprise Workshop

Advice on starting your own business or becoming self-employed.

An Introduction to Self-Employment
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An Introduction to Self-Employment

An overview of what it takes to be self-employed.

Internet of Things (IoT)
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Internet of Things (IoT)

Advice and tips to help your business use the Internet of Things safely.

Start Up Step Up London
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Start Up Step Up London

Support for Londoners to improve their enterprise skills.

EU Transition Business Resource Hub
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EU Transition Business Resource Hub

Support for businesses to prepare for the end of the transition period.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Support for Businesses and Employers
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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Support for Businesses and Employers

Support to help businesses and employers respond to COVID-19.

Support for Tech Startups from OneTech
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Support for Tech Startups from OneTech

OneTech supports underrepresented tech startup founders.

Introduction to Copyright for Business
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Introduction to Copyright for Business

Learn the basics behind copyright protection.

Introduction to Patents Searching
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Introduction to Patents Searching

Learn the basics behind patent protection and registration.

Introduction to Lean Start-Up
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Introduction to Lean Start-Up

Learn about the principles of Lean Start-Up.

Why You Need a Trade Mark and How to Search for One
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Why You Need a Trade Mark and How to Search for One

Lean how to choose and protect a business name.

Brent Virtual Networking
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Brent Virtual Networking

Regular networking event for businesses in Brent.

Brent Virtual Networking
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Brent Virtual Networking

Regular networking event for businesses in Brent.

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme
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The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

The Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme provides free start-up support to young people.

Business Launchpad
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Business Launchpad

Business Launchpad supports young people to start and develop their business.

Start-ups in London Libraries
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Start-ups in London Libraries

The SiLL project supports early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Edge of the Box Club
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Edge of the Box Club

The Edge of the Box Club helps job seekers to start their own business.

Start and Grow Your Business with the BIPC
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Start and Grow Your Business with the BIPC

Resources, support and workshops for startups and growing businesses.

Electronic Resources from City Business Library
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Electronic Resources from City Business Library

City Business Library provides specialist resources for startups and small businesses.

London Borough of Westminster
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London Borough of Westminster

Advice, support and information for businesses in Westminster.

Enterprise Enfield
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Enterprise Enfield

Enterprise Enfield supports local businesses to start-up and succeed.

Enterprise Steps
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Enterprise Steps

Free support for pre-start, startup and established businesses.

Entrepreneur First: Build Your Startup
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Entrepreneur First: Build Your Startup

Support for ambitious individuals to find a co-founder and start their business.

The Startup Accelerator
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The Startup Accelerator

The Startup Accelerator works with startups to help them launch an idea.

London Borough of Barnet
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London Borough of Barnet

Advice, support and information for businesses in Barnet.

London Borough of Bexley
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London Borough of Bexley

Advice, support and information for businesses in Bexley.

London Borough of Brent
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London Borough of Brent

Advice, support and information for businesses in Brent.

London Borough of Bromley
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London Borough of Bromley

Advice, support and information for businesses in Bromley.

London Borough of Camden
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London Borough of Camden

Advice, support and information for businesses in Camden.

London Borough of Croydon
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London Borough of Croydon

Advice, support and information for businesses in Croydon.

London Borough of Ealing
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London Borough of Ealing

Advice, support and information for businesses in Ealing.

London Borough of Enfield
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London Borough of Enfield

Advice, support and information for businesses in Enfield.

London Borough of Hackney
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London Borough of Hackney

Advice, support and information for businesses in Hackney.

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
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London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Advice, support and information for businesses in Hammersmith and Fulham.

Haringey Business Lounge
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Haringey Business Lounge

Information and support to help startups in Haringey to get going and grow.

Ignite – Support for Tech-enabled Startups
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Ignite – Support for Tech-enabled Startups

Ignite runs programmes to support technology-enabled start-ups.

New Enterprise Allowance
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New Enterprise Allowance

Support for people on certain benefits to start a business.

London Borough of Haringey
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London Borough of Haringey

Advice, support and information for businesses in Haringey.

London Borough of Harrow
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London Borough of Harrow

Advice, support and information for businesses in Harrow.

London Borough of Havering
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London Borough of Havering

Advice, support and information for businesses in Havering.

London Borough of Hillingdon
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London Borough of Hillingdon

Advice, support and information for businesses in Hillingdon.

London Borough of Hounslow
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London Borough of Hounslow

Advice, support and information for businesses in Hounslow.

London Borough of Islington
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London Borough of Islington

Advice, support and information for businesses in Islington.

London Borough of Lambeth
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London Borough of Lambeth

Advice, support and information for businesses in Lambeth.

London Borough of Lewisham
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London Borough of Lewisham

Advice, support and information for businesses in Lewisham.

London Borough of Merton
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London Borough of Merton

Advice, support and information for businesses in Merton.

London Borough of Newham
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London Borough of Newham

Advice, support and information for businesses in Newham.

London Borough of Redbridge
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London Borough of Redbridge

Advice, support and information for businesses in Redbridge.

The Importance of Market Research
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The Importance of Market Research

Learn why market research is important and how to get started.

How Important is Networking for Your Business
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How Important is Networking for Your Business

Discover how networking can help small businesses.

The Importance of IP
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The Importance of IP

This blog looks at the importance of intellectual property.

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Advice, support and information for businesses in Richmond upon Thames.

London Borough of Southwark
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London Borough of Southwark

Advice, support and information for businesses in Southwark.

London Borough of Sutton
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London Borough of Sutton

Advice, support and information for businesses in Sutton.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Advice, support and information for businesses in Tower Hamlets.

London Borough of Waltham Forest
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London Borough of Waltham Forest

Advice, support and information for businesses in Waltham Forest.

London Borough of Wandsworth
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London Borough of Wandsworth

Advice, support and information for businesses in Wandsworth.