Global Entrepreneurship Week events for start-ups and small business owners

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Local businesses and start-ups can up their skills and connections in a series of free online events this Global Entrepreneurship Week (Monday 16 – Sunday 22 November).

It will be a little different to previous years due to Covid-19 but now, more than ever, it’s important to support start-ups, self-employed enterprises, and small businesses.

This year, there is a great range of online activities to get involved in through the Council and partners, to keep people safe and inspired from home. From one-to-ones with industry experts, to writing the perfect pitch for a new business, entrepreneurs can book their place now for a variety of workshops, training and webinars.

Below you can find the full list of what’s on over the week as well as some ongoing enterprise resources.


Global Entrepreneurship Week events and activities

Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November

‘Meet the Experts’ two-day virtual event provided by Portobello Business Centre, supported by the Council.

There will be interesting business talks and an opportunity to get all the answers to your questions in one-to-one online sessions with experienced industry experts.

Register on the PBC website or call on 020 7460 5050 / 020 7460 5056 to book.


Wednesday 18 November

Keep up to date with using your customers’ personal data with this webinar hosted by DCMS and BEIS

Is your start-up business going to receive or transfer data to and from organisations abroad? Find out about changes to using personal data which come into force from 1 January 2021.

11am to 12pm

Find out more and book online.


Wednesday 18 November

Taking meetings and activities for social enterprise entrepreneurs provided by Kensington and Chelsea Social Council

This Zoom training session will focus on using digital tools to maintain and develop business relationships and increase interactivity and human connection in digital communications. Open to representatives of voluntary organisations in the borough only.

10am to 12pm

Book your place for the session online.


Thursday 19 November

Start-up Day at the Business & IP Centre with the British Library 

For everything you need to feel confident taking the plunge with your own start-up.

9:30am to 4.45pm

Check out all the free online events with the British Library


Thursday 19 November

Power up your business with COBRA and FAME free virtual training provided by Kensington and Chelsea Libraries Service.

The library offers free access to COBRA and FAME business databases and this session will show you how to use these resources to develop your business, improve your reach and create mailing lists for B2B advertising.

2pm to 3pm

Book your space for the training session online.


Thursday 19 November

Business Transformation in Challenging Times webinar part of the Business Help series by the London Business Hub

Receive expert insights to evaluate your business model and gain practical and cost-effective strategies to help your business adapt quickly to changing markets.

10am to 4.30pm

Check your eligibility and book online.


Friday 20 November

Business Pitching webinar session in association with NatWest 20 Business Builder team, Co-Innovate Journeys and Bridging the Gap

How to write a great 60 second pitch workshop, open to all businesses across London.

10am to 11am

Book your place online.


Friday 20 November

‘Sustaining our Entrepreneurial Mojo’ talk delivered through GEN UK

Entrepreneur and author Sharath Jeevan shares the five things every entrepreneur should know.

2pm to 3pm

Book your place with GEN UK.


And if you can’t make any of these great events during GEW, there are fantastic opportunities for entrepreneurs following Global Entrepreneurship Week…


Monday 23 November

Rocket Launch Your Business Project from Portobello Business Centre, part of the Leadership Community Programme funded by the Council

Boost your business by improving your practical, digital and financial skills with this online course led by experienced professionals who will cover a wide range of topics including website development, social media marketing, branding and pricing.

Book your place with Portobello Business Centre.


Wednesday 25 November

Virtual lunchtime networking event with Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and Business Junction 

This joint event will offer mutual members a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with a wider business community, completely free of charge and open to guests across all sectors. 

From 12pm to 2pm, guests are free to arrive and leave the event whenever suits and there is no obligation to stay for the full 2 hours. 

To book your place go to Please enter the following discount code at checkout to gain your free place: NWBJKC2511


Ongoing helpful resources…

Make your own products with the V&A Museum’s Make & Do series featuring tutorials for a range of creations including clothes, furniture, accessories and even videogames! For enterprising people looking to sell their own goods, these can help you boost and improve your product-making.

See the full list online.


Give your skills and knowledge a boost with e-learning courses provided through the Council and Highfield Online Training. From Health and Safety to Personal License Holders courses, and Team Working to Customer Services, there is a wide range of training and levels available.

See the full list online.


Book an appointment with a London Business Hub adviser for expert advice on your start-up business plan. Every adviser has been in business themselves, and they understand the challenges that come with being the boss. Find out how they can support you and your business.

Check if you are eligible and book your appointment.