Business support, advice and funding

A range of advice, support, training and funding is available for businesses across the district:

Advice for businesses

  • The Hot House Business Programme provides opportunities for established small and medium-sized enterprises to grow, with lots of free events on offer. 
  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce runs a programme of events for members and non-members, including business networking, training opportunities and speaker breakfasts.
  • The Federation of Small Business regularly publishes guidance and advice to help small businesses and the self-employed. It also organises online networking events to support businesses, which can be accessed on its website or by joining its private Facebook group ‘FSB COVID-19 Support’ (non-members can join this group).
  • The Coast to Capital Growth Hub team provides fully funded advice and support to help small and medium sized businesses connect with business support, experts and funding opportunities, as well as post EU transition advice. To speak to a Growth Relationship Manager, complete an online request form.
  • The Department for International Trade helps businesses operating in export and global markets.
  • The Trade Association Forum is available to provide trade associations with the same support they provide their own members.

Training and webinars

  • Nescot College delivers all levels of apprenticeships across a wide range of industries. It can also help businesses reach local employees with industry-relevant knowledge and practical skills. For more information contact the Business Centre on 0208 394 8593 or businesscentre@nescot.ac.uk.
  • HMRC’s range of free webinars support businesses, helping to make tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. Webinars cover topics including PAYE, self-employment, VAT, record keeping and other topics. They last about an hour and are live and interactive so questions can be asked by participants.

Funding opportunities

  • Virgin Start Up Loans offers start up loans from between £500 and £25,000, along with a business mentor to help make the best use of the loan.
  • Fredericks Foundation provides specialist finance and mentoring for people who want to expand an existing charity or social enterprise.
  • The Princes' Trust helps unemployed people aged 18-30, or those who have limited means to start-up businesses.
  • The government’s business support finder tool helps businesses find financial support to help them during the pandemic.

Brexit advice

A variety of information is available to help you understand what the UK leaving the EU means for your business: