Business support and advice

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If you are looking for support or advice you can search our business support directory or try one of the national organisations or local resources listed below.

Business Directory
The borough Business Directory is produced in partnership between Kingston Council and the Chamber of Commerce and provides a free of charge business to business marketing tool for borough businesses.

Chamber of Commerce
A leading business membership organisation in the borough. The Chamber provides support and guidance to all local businesses, whether newly started or established.

Donut
The Chamber of Commerce and Kingston Council have partnered with "Donut" to provide a free online support resource for businesses.

Enterprise Zone
The Enterprise Zone provides free business start-up support and general small business support. It is supported by London South Learning and Skills Council and is managed by Kingston College. It provides free tailored support for businesses with fewer than ten employees based in or trading in Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Bromley, Sutton or Croydon.

Kingstonfirst
Kingston's Business Improvement District (BID) is managed by Kingstonfirst, who operate a number of services for businesses in Kingston Town Centre (BID area) to improve security, safety and the business environment.

Kingston University
Kingston University supports enterprises of all sizes through business services, events, and professional training. They aim to connect your organisation with the knowledge, skills, and research expertise held by their staff, students and graduates. 

Great Business (.gov.uk)

HM Government's site for support, advice and inspiration for growing your business including sections on starting, growing and accelerating your business.

The Prince's Trust
Providing practical and financial support for 13 to 30 year olds, and developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. The Prince's Trust provides support to disadvantaged young people who have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.

GOV.UK
Government information about starting up and running a UK based business, including help if you are self-employed or a sole trader.

LONDON.GOV.UK
Greater London Authority website with a section dedicated to guidance on Business Continuity Management; the process of planning to ensure that your business can return to 'business as usual' as quickly and painlessly as possible in the event of a major disruption.

London Innovation Centre
The London Innovation Centre works with both established and early stage companies, providing guidance and help with funding. 

Shell Livewire
An online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 30, the programme offers free online business advice and start-up funding awards to young entrepreneurs in the UK.