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Free Business Advice

Enterprise for London is running FREE one-to-one advice and training sessions from the Business Lab in the Stratford Centre every Wednesday to help you start and grow your business.

The advice team will help you develop your business skills, access finance, improve your confidence, so that you are more likely to start and run a successful business.

Enterprise for London is passionate about helping people on their business journey, whether they are just starting or have been established for many years. If you have a business idea, are looking for funding or want to grow your business please get in touch.

To arrange a FREE one-to-one appointment with one of our advisors contact the Business Lab using the contact form below.

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The Business Lab











Offering business support to London based businesses of all sizes

Located in the Stratford Centre opposite Westfield and Stratford Station, The Business Lab is a unique business support centre providing free* support to London-based businesses and start-ups

We have two new options for Business Lab memberships. Find out more here.

Members will be entitled to free access to our products and services which includes:

  • Hot-desking facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Networking events  throughout the year
  • A programme of events and workshops at a discounted rate
  • The opportunity to advertise your business
  • You will receive regular newsletters
  • Free* business advice from project partners  (*eligibility criteria applies)
  • Discounted entry to the Fashion and Textile Museum and their workshops
  • Access to training opportunities
  • Open working space
  • Opportunity to book our spacious meeting room (fee applies)
  • Two membership cards per business


We host a range of events from workshops, seminars, training, networking and business support clinics. To find out more, contact our business lab team via the form below.


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Make it Global

Have you got ambitions to make your business global but don’t know where to start? Are you already trading overseas but want to explore other new markets? The Make It Global project aims to support the internationalisation of women-led SMEs in London.

Make It Global will offer a range of support tailored to your international ambitions including:

  • Research & innovation support
  • One-to-one advice and coaching
  • Collaboration
  • Workshops
  • Exploring new markets abroad
  • Planning your first move abroad

For more details visit the Make it Global website or call 020 8522 5700.


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Training for Employees

The project, led by Newham College on behalf of London Capital Colleges, set out to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), from a range of sectors in London, to up-skill their staff. It offered progression routes into higher training and Apprenticeships ensuring that employers gained the vital workforce skills to sustain and grow their businesses. It also facilitated employer networking and promoted training opportunities.

We currently have no projects that provide training of this kind. To keep up to date with the latest projects and training available, check our twitter and websites.



For more details please visit Skills Support for the Workforce website.

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Work Focus

Your Next Steps to Employment

If you’re looking for work, need help with confidence building or want to brush up on your presentation skills, interview techniques or improve your CV then this is the course for you. We can help you build on your strengths and focus on the career path that’s right for you.

Work Focus’ short courses will give you the confidence, motivation and skills to seek and secure employment, and are FREE if you are:

  • Aged 19 and over
  • Unemployed
  • Claiming benefits

Click here to download the Work Focus brochure

The great thing about Work Focus and the lecturers is that they help people. They give people opportunities.

– Angelo

Work Focus fully funded short courses will give you the confidence, motivation and skills to seek and secure employment.

If you’re interested in attending a workshop from the two week short course as a stand-alone accredited workshop, then please contact the team at the Work Lab.

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Training for Businesses

It’s been long recognised that businesses which invest in staff training are more successful than those which don’t. At CIPs we are constantly updating our training offer to businesses, covering everything from short courses through to full professional qualifications. Many of our training programmes are also fully-subsidised for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

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