The Royal Borough is home to thousands of businesses ranging
from multinational corporations to small family firms.
The Council works to promote a vibrant and sustainable economy,
in an attractive environment and provides support to business
through commissioned services and by promoting an established
network of business support agencies.
Who to talk to for advice
Gov.uk is the government's online resource for businesses.
It contains information about starting up and running a business in
the UK, including help if you're self employed or a sole trader
Business Support Helpline
The Business Support Helpline offers advice
and guidance to new and existing businesses. It has information on
national and local schemes, grants and loans to help companies
start and grow
Portobello Business Centre
Portobello Business Centre is the borough’s enterprise agency,
partially funded by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea,
they offer information, free advice and confidential guidance from
qualified experts on the following issues:
- accessing finance
- debt and cash-flow management
- recruitment and redundancy
- support for innovation or changing your business model
- accessing local supply chains and finding new local business
Find out how the Portobello Business Centre can help you:
Dalgarno Trust Enterprise Hub
The Enterprise Hub core services are focused on key areas that
cover the needs of individuals, pre-starts, start-ups, as well as
those of established businesses, social enterprises and VCS
The Prince's Trust
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed
young people aged 18-30 to work out if their business ideas are
viable and whether self-employment is right for them. Depending on
the outcome of this process, the programme can then offer mentoring
support and, for those that really need it, financial support to
start a business or mentoring support to secure goals in
employment, education or training.
PRIME (Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise)
PRIME support over 50s on their journey to
self-employment through providing training and services to support
enterprise. The Prince’s Initiative support the over
50s through all stages of self-employment – pre start up,
start up and getting going.
GrowthAccelerator is a service provided by leading business
growth specialists, delivering uniquely tailored advice to
businesses. It is a partnership between private enterprise and
government. GrowthAccelerator offers to help you:
- Attract investment by developing funding proposition and
introducing you to funders
Stimulate product development, commercialise innovation and
motivate your employees
Energise plans with one-to-one leadership and management
Meet peers who have tackled the same barriers as you
Connect with business experts and networks to achieve insight
and build relationships
To find out more and check your businesses
Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that
can support and guide their growth. If you are a business that
needs support or a business professional who can offer
support, Mentorsme can help you connect with each other.
Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
The Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is committed to
providing members support to help their businesses grow and to
sustain the business community in the Royal Borough. Networking is
the priority of this Chamber - helping members meet, mix and
support each other in business.
Wild Blue Cohort
Wild Blue is a new network of business angels, local to
Kensington and Chelsea, who invest in entrepreneurs close to home.
The network invests in start-up and existing enterprises that offer
growth, scale and high returns but also benefit local life.
Individual members of the venture are prepared to invest up to
£250k and many are interested in syndicated arrangements. Wild Blue
is a member of the UK Business Angels Association, operates as a
non-profit and its start-up has been financed by the Royal
Borough’s Social Innovation Fund.
Greater London Enterprise
GLE Group provides a range of financial products to unlock the
potential of businesses and organisations across the UK, from
grants and loans, to cashflow and equity finance.
Business Growth Fund
The Business Growth Fund is a £2.5 billion equity
investment fund backed by five of the largest banks in the UK. If
you have sales of approximately £5 million - £100 million a year
and need growth finance of around £2 million - £10 million the
fund may be able to help.
Grow your market
Supply Cross River 2
The Supply Cross River 2 (SXR)
initiative aims to develop supply chains in
central London. Established earlier this year, SXR ensures
local businesses across all sectors are in a position to take
advantage of business opportunities in London, through support to
businesses with tendering for public and private sector
CompeteFor is a free service that enables businesses to compete
for contract opportunities linked to the London 2012 Games and
other major public and private sector buying organisations, such as
Transport for London (TfL), Crossrail and the Metropolitan
Contracts Finder is a free service for businesses, government
buyers and the public. This service comes from government under its
transparency commitment, and you can find live contract
opportunities, closed tender documentation, contract awards and
contract documents. You can also subscribe to email alerts to
receive updates on existing or new items.
UK Trade and Investment
UK Trade Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to
ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the
best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner
Open to Export
Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at
helping small and medium sized enterprises with their exporting and
international trade needs. The website contains extensive exporting
resources from government and specialist organisations, and a
popular question and answer section where business owners
can ask questions to the wider community and get the answers they
Reduce costs and your impact on the environment
Manufacturing Advisory Service
The Manufacturing Advisory Service provides companies, whatever
their size, with practical support on all aspects of manufacturing
and offers direct access to manufacturing experts with a proven
track record. Subsidised consultancy assistance is available where
it is needed.
The Carbon Trust Delivers are a
not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help
business boost returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving
energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.
Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP)
WRAP works to help businesses reap the benefits of
reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in
an efficient way.
The British Library Business & IP (Intellectual Property)
The Business & IP Centre, at the British Library in London,
has all the business and IP information you need as an innovator
and entrepreneur. Learn from the success of others and meet
like-minded people. It's free and can save time and money.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Knowledge Transfer Partnership advisers help businesses identify
an academic or researcher who has the right expertise to help
that business with projects that can benefit from the
Innovation vouchers are open to all kinds of smaller businesses
who can claim up to £5,000 towards the cost of expert advice. That
could include advice on an innovative idea, learning more about
using design within your business or how you should make the most
of intellectual property.
Skills and training
Public Health Training Service
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea delivers low-cost
Food Safety, Health and Safety and Public Health training to
businesses and organisations across London.
Health at work
Health for Work Advice Line
The Health for Work Advice Line for Small Business is a free
service that provides small business managers with expert advice
and support they need to help employees experiencing ill health,
minimising the impact on the business.
Universal Jobmatch is a service offered through Government
Gateway. This service has been designed to help you find and employ
the most suitable jobseekers for potential jobs. You can post jobs,
review CVs and get updates on jobseekers who match your
Apprenticeships can make your organisation more effective,
productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly.
They are designed to help your employees reach a high level of
competency and performance.