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Explore a range of business support resources available to you in Lewisham

Enterprise Nation

Available until 30 Jun

Working out how to start and grow a business can be tough at times. That's where we come in.

Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers that exist to shortcut your route to trusted business support.

Whether you're starting or growing a business, we have the resources, expertise, and connections to help you get it right.

Access support at a selection of events held up and down the UK, or online via a dynamic platform that gets you to answers and advisers fast.

Co-op Local Community Fund

Available until 30 Sep

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK that our members care about.

Every time our members buy selected Co-op branded products and services, we'll give local causes a helping hand.

Lewisham Tenants Fund

Available until 31 Oct

Lewisham Tenants Fund (LTF) is an Independent Grant Funding for council tenants from...

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Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs) Fiveways and Ewart Road Housing Co-operative.
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Established in 1993 and managed by a management committee made up of Lewisham council tenants, LTF is committed to tenants being involved in how they manage their homes.

Tesco Community Grants

Available until 31 Aug

Tesco Community Grants support thousands of local community projects and good causes across the UK.

The scheme is open to all registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, with priority given to projects that provide food and support to young people.

Examples of eligible applications with a focus on food security, children and young people could be:

- A local school needing support to buy food for a children’s breakfast club,
- A voluntary organisation working with families to run a food bank,
- A charity supporting young people with specialist advice to manage mental health,
- A brownie or scout group needing new camping equipment,
- Kitchen equipment for a youth project to set up a holiday club,
- Supporting a community centre wanting to put on a Christmas lunch or Meals on Wheels service,
- A healthy eating project that supports families to cook healthy meals on a budget,
- A local friends of a park group wanting to develop a new toddler area.

Win £100,000 of promotion for your small business

Available until 30 Sep

Win £100,000 of promotion for your small business
Enterprise Nation has partnered with Adobe and JCDecaux to bring a new competition - Small Business Goes Big. If you’re a small business, enter now for the chance to win an advertising campaign worth £100,000. To take part, create an ad to promote your business, using Adobe Express – a free, easy to use service. Get your entries in before the Tuesday 28 June deadline.

Find more information and take part in Small Business Goes Big.

Are you a local business looking for creative talent?

Available until 31 Aug

Is your business in the creative sector or looking to add creative skills to your team? Inspire Lewisham – delivered through the Deptford New Cross Creative Enterprise Zone - is working closely with local employers to design and offer short term paid placements and longer-term jobs in the creative industries.

Sign up now to benefit from free training opportunities, networking and other business support.

Support available for Black entrepreneurs

Available until 31 Aug

KINARAA is investing in the development of Lewisham’s Black entrepreneurs in response to challenges highlighted in last year’s High Street Survey. It is offering a programme of support including one-to-one coaching, group sessions, peer to peer learning and events. This will help develop your business and create networks and partnerships while supporting scale and growth.

Places are very limited so please register your interest now.

Successful Mums Career Academy

Available until 30 Apr

We provide online, flexible and interactive training to help mums find work, start or develop a business.
We do this through our training courses specifically for mums on our Successful Mums learning platform.
Our courses include weekly group webinars and 121 career or business coaching.
We provide direction, clarity and the confidence to make it happen.
Plus, links to our network of flexible friendly employers.

Better Futures+

Available until 31 Aug

Funded by the Green New Deal, Better Futures+ is helping London businesses to go green. Our programme is partnered with industry specialists to help you find cost-cutting opportunities to build your business and reputation whilst you reduce your carbon footprint.

Register today to measure your impact and start reducing.

South East London Chamber of Commerce

Available until 31 Mar

Lewisham Council are funding one-year memberships with the South East London Chamber of Commerce, focused on supporting small businesses.
Membership offers a wide range of products, services, advice, information as well as resources and tools that will help you grow your business and save money.

Ready to Supply

Available until 31 Mar

Lewisham Council is supporting local SMEs that want to improve their ability to apply for contracts within the private and public sectors.

Through our partnership with East London Business place (ELBP), this programme provides intensive support for Lewisham SMEs that want to improve their ability and bidding-competitiveness when applying for works and contract opportunities across a number of business sectors.

Federation of Small Businesses for free

Available until 31 Aug

Lewisham Council is funding one-year memberships with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), focussed on supporting small businesses.
Membership offers a wide range of benefits – from products, services, advice and to resources and tools to help you grow your business and save money.

Lewisham Business Resilience and Growth Programme

Available until 31 Dec

The Lewisham Business Resilience and Growth Programme offers eligible Lewisham-based businesses access to a wide range of support to help them recover from the impact of COVID-19. This is a new programme to help ensure our businesses are in the best position to navigate the current economic challenges and make the most of upcoming opportunities.

UnLtd

Available until 31 Aug

UnLtd supports social entrepreneurs by providing a complete package of funding and support.

Prowess: Promoting Women's Enterprise Support

Available until 31 Aug

Offers business support aimed at women in the London area who have been in business for 18 months or less.

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies

Available until 31 Aug

NFEA is the membership body for Local Enterprise Agencies in England, which respond to the needs of SMEs through a range of services.

Grantfinder

Available until 31 Aug

GrantFinder is the leading funding database in the UK covering local, national, and international sources of funding.

Creative Support Sessions

Available until 31 Aug

Artsadmin offers a unique and free one-to-one support service to UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career.

Sessions are informal and artist-led, offering an opportunity to talk about anything from artistic ideas and project development to funding and contexts for your work. The format of these sessions has been developed in response to artists’ feedback and research.

Crafts Council

Available until 30 Nov

Organisation for the promotion of contemporary arts. Offers a (one year) development award which covers a range of things including a £2.5k maintenance grant, equipment grant of up to £5k, business training and mentor. Details of eligibility and criteria for assessment are on the website.

Community Development Finance

Available until 31 Aug

Community Development Finance Institutions lend and invest in deprived and underserved markets that cannot access mainstream finance. Provide funds for a range of purposes including working capital, purchase of property & equipment and marketing campaigns.

Business Debtline

Available until 31 Aug

Free, confidential and independent helpline for people with cashflow and debt problems.

Arts Council

Available until 31 Aug

Aims to support arts across England. Grants for arts-related activities such as projects & events, R&D, purchase of equipment, training, touring.

Inspire Lewisham opportunities

Available until 31 Aug

Maybe you have a creative business based in London? Gain free training, mentoring, and paid for placements through Inspire Lewisham project, which is part funded by ESF through the London Mayor’s Office and Lewisham CEZ and working together with the Albany, Lewisham FE College and Do It Now Now to support the skills and employability in Lewisham and London.

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