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 are self employed or a sole trader
- visit: www.gov.uk/browse/business
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.
- telephone: 0300 456 3565
- textphone: 0191 581 0052
- email: email@example.com
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 opportunities
Find out how the Portobello Business Centre can help you:
- telephone: 020 7460 5050
- visit: www.pbc.co.uk
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 voluntary organisations.
The Prince's Trust
The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports unemployed people and those working fewer than 16 hours per week, aged 18-30, to decide whether 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.
- telephone: 0800 842842
- visit: www.princes-trust.org.uk
Business Growth Service
A government-backed service offering support to businesses with the potential to improve and grow. The Business Growth Service helps you to identify barriers to growth, and provides tailored support, including; coaching, consultancy, mentoring, training, access to finance and expert advice.
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- telephone: 0300 303 0034
- visit: www.ga.businessgrowthservice.greatbusiness.gov.uk
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.
- visit: www.mentorsme.co.uk
Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
The Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing members with 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.
- telephone: 020 7795 0304
- visit: www.kccc.co.uk
Wild Blue Cohort
Wild Blue Cohort 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 £250,000 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.
Start Up Loans
Start Up Loans is a government-backed personal loan for business purposes. Start Up Loans are available to individuals over the age of 18 who are eligible to start a business in the UK, for businesses aged between 0-24 months. Loans of up to £25,000 are available at a fixed rate of interest and are repayable over 1-5 years. Individuals can only receive one Start Up Loan, however more than one partner in a business can be eligible to apply for a loan.
- visit: www.startuploans.co.uk
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 cash flow and equity finance.
- telephone: 020 7403 0300
- visit: www.greaterlondonenterprise.co.uk
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.
- telephone: 0845 266 8860
- visit: www.businessgrowthfund.co.uk
Grow your market
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 Police.
- visit: www.competefor.com
Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.
- visit: www.gov.uk/contracts-finder
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 of choice.
- visit: www.ukti.gov.uk
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 need.
- visit: opentoexport.com
Reducing costs and environmental impact
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 is 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.
- visit: www.wrap.org.uk/business
The British Library Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre
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.
- visit: www.bl.uk/bipc
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.
- visit: vouchers.innovateuk.org
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.
- telephone: 020 7361 3002
- visit: www.rbkc.gov.uk/publichealthtraining
Health at work
Fit For Work
All employers across England and Wales can refer employees who have been off work for four weeks or more for a free Fit for Work referral.
- telephone: 0800 0778 844
- visit: fitforwork.org
London Healthy Workplace Charter
Free self-assessment tool and accreditation scheme that supports and rewards employers developing their work environment and promoting staff health and wellbeing. A local healthy workplace advisor can support you to build good practice in health at work throughout your business or organisation, free of charge.
- email: email@example.com
- telephone: 07584 389 249
- visit: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/health/focus-issues/london-healthy-workplace-charter
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 requirements.
- visit: www.gov.uk/advertise-job
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.