Business advice

Business advice

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Into Enterprise - two weeks, one mission: Build your business skills at our November enterprise events 11 – 24 November 2019

RBKC’s Into Enterprise provides two weeks of enterprise, information, events and tasters specifically for borough residents.

Week 1: starts 11 November

Week one starts November 11 with the unique PopUp Business School and will be hosted by the uber stylish Museum of Brands in the north of the borough. Running 10am until 3pm every weekday, with limited free spaces, this unique and innovative one-week course aims to grow local businesses and teach entrepreneurs how to make money for free, using the resources already available to them.

The School is completely free to attend, but tickets are limited so get in quick. Whether you are already a business owner, have a fledgling start up, or are looking to learn more about how to make your big ideas a reality, the PopUp Business School is the place for you. Book your place on the Popup Business School website.

Week 2: starts 18 November

Week Two starts November 18 and gives you an opportunity to meet experts in your industry area, talk to specialists in licensing, regulation, law and property, visit affordable business spaces across the borough plus attend insightful talks for all ages – with special events for schools. Hosted by a variety of enterprise-support partners across the borough, there are daytime, lunchtime and evening events covering a range of inspirational topics and practical information for the entrepreneur, start-up and established business.

Either open the document below for event information and booking links, or visit the Into Enterprise website.   

Week two will operate in tandem with Global Entrepreneurship Week, where entrepreneurs across the world will learn from each other and experts in their field.

Schedule of events and booking details


Advice for local businesses

Our 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
  • provide support to business through commissioned services
  • promote business support agencies

Useful Information

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.

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Business Support Helpline

The Business Support Helpline offers advice and guidance to new and existing businesses including information about grants and loans.

For more information telephone 0300 456 3565 or email

The London Business Growth Hub

The London Business Growth Hub helps businesses access support across London.

Go to London Business Growth Hub.

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 about:

  • 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

For more information telephone 020 7460 5050.

Go to Portobello Business Centre.

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 if self-employment is right for them.

The programme offers mentoring support to:

  • start a business
  • find jobs
  • access education or training
  • secure financial support

For more information telephone 0800 842842.

Go to The Prince's Trust.


Mentorsme connects companies with mentoring organisations that can support and guide their growth.

Go to Mentorsme.

Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce

The Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is committed to:

  • helping members to grow their businesses
  • sustaining the local business community
  • promoting networking opportunities

For more information telephone 020 7795 0304.

Go to Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.


Wild Blue Cohort

Wild Blue Cohort are business angels who invest in local entrepreneurs. They invest in start-up and existing enterprises that offer:

  • growth
  • high returns
  • benefits to local life

Individual members can 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 borough's Social Innovation Fund.

For more information contact

Go to Wild Blue Cohort.

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.

For more information telephone 020 7460 5050.

Go to Portobello Business Centre.

Start Up Loans

Start Up Loans is a government-backed personal loan for business purposes. You could be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £25,000 if you are:

  • over the age of 18
  • eligible to start a business in the UK
  • a new business owner in the previous 24 months

Go to Start Up Loans.


Newable (formerly GLE) provides a a range of services including:

  • business loans
  • start-up and expansion advice
  • real estate management
  • international trade advice
  • digital advice
  • risk management consultancy

Go to Newable.

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 between £5 million and £100 million a year and need growth finance of betwee £2 million and £10 million, the fund may be able to help.

For more information telephone 0845 266 8860.

Go to Business Growth Fund.

Grow your market


Find opportunities to tender for contracts with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and other London boroughs.

Go to capitalEsourcing.


CompeteFor is a free service that enables businesses to compete for contracts in public and private sector buying organisations such as Transport for London, Crossrail and the Metropolitan Police.

Go to CompeteFor.

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.

Go to Contracts Finder.

Exporting is Great

The site contains around 2000 export opportunities worth hundreds of millions of pounds and organised by sector and market.

Go to Exporting is Great.

Open to Export

Open to Export is a community-based business service aimed at helping small and medium sized enterprises with exporting and international trade. The website provides:

  • exporting resources icluding government and specialist organisations
  • forum where business owners can ask questions to the wider community

Go to Open to Export.

Trade hub for businesses that helps UK companies to access potential overseas business. It also gives practical advice, preferential deals, a searchable export directory and signposts to further help on winning contracts.

Go to

Reducing costs and environmental impact

Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company that helps businesses:

  • cut carbon emissions
  • save energy
  • commercialie low carbon technologies
  • save money

For more information telephone 020 78324802 or email

Go to Carbon Trust.

Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP)

WRAP helps businesses reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.

Go to WRAP.


The British Library Business & IP (Intellectual Property) Centre

The Business & IP Centre at the British Library provides free business and IP information to innovators and entrepreneurs.

Go to Business and IP Centre.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency providing access to funding opportunities, advice, events and access to innovation expertise.

Go to Innovate UK.

Skills and training

Public Health Training Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea delivers low-cost training to businesses and organisations across London in:

  • food safety
  • food allergen control
  • fire safety
  • health and safety
  • personal licence holding
  • customer service

For more information telephone 020 7361 3002.

Go to Public Health Training Service.

Portobello Business Centre

Portobello Business Centre offers training to start ups and existing businesses.

For more information telephone 020 7460 5050.

Go to Portobello Business Centre.

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.

For more information telephone 0800 0778 844.

Go to Fit for Work.

London Healthy Workplace Charter

Free support from a local healthy workplace advisor, plus self-assessment tools and accreditation scheme that supports employers to:

  • develop their work environment
  • promote staff health and wellbeing

For more information:


Universal Jobmatch

Universal Jobmatch is a service offered through Government Gateway to help businesses find suitable employees.

Go to Universal Jobmatch.


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.

Go to Apprenticeships.