Useful links

    Business support

    Start ups 
    Information and advice for start-up and existing businesses, including raising finance, marketing and franchising. 

    is4profit provides small business with free and relevant business advice (guides, plans, factsheets) and business services for start-ups and established businesses.

    British Library Business & IP Centre 
    The British Library supports inventors, small businesses and entrepreneurs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. 

    Small business and start-up portal with advice for new and existing businesses, including setting up a company, employing staff and complying with legislation.

    Business and Enterprise Support
    Official government service, providing advice and information for new and small businesses.

    West London Business 
    Forums for businesses to network, lobby government and secure funding for local projects.

    Companies House 
    You must tell Companies House if you are starting a company or a limited liability partnership. It also stores information about companies, including their directors and company secretaries, annual returns and accounts. It also has information about companies which are insolvent or have gone into liquidation.

    Customs and Excise 
    If your taxable turnover reaches £55,000 a year you must register with HM Customs and Excise for VAT.

    Department of Business Innovation and Skills  (BIS)
    BIS is the voice for business across government. BIS helps ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world.

    Inland Revenue
    Register with the Inland Revenue if you are self-employed. Also for information on income tax and national insurance contributions.

    Office of Fair Trading (OFT) 
    The OFT is an independent organisation that ensures business practices are fair and competitive and helps consumers understand their rights.

    Valuation Office Agency
    Business rates - find out what you need to pay and when.

    Gateway Asia
    If you are a small to medium sized business, within West London, South London and the greater Heathrow area, Gateway Asia can help you break into new markets, particularly to India and China, through free workshops and 1-to-1 consultations.

    West London Enterprise Agency Ltd
    Advice for small businesses and self-employment.
    2nd Floor, Regal House, London Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3QS
    Tel:(020) 8891 3742
    Open: Mon,Wed,Thurs and Fri 9am-2pm

    Chambers of commerce

    Chamber of Commerce for West London
    A business network that offers information and events for local businesses.

    Ealing Chamber of Commerce 
    A business network organisation providing information and support for businesses in Ealing.

    Education and skills

    Acton and West London College 
    College offering education and training for school leavers, adults, working professionals and international students at four college sites and in the local community.

    Thames Valley University
    University providing technical and vocational education.

    Learn Direct 
    Organisation offering online courses in IT, business and management

    Skills Funding Agency or Young People's Learning Agency
    Responsible for planning and funding high quality education and training for everyone in England other than those in universities

    Prince’s Trust
    Charitable organisation providing information and support to young people.


    Groundwork London
    Practical support, training and advice to companies on a range of environmental business issues to help your businesses to become more environmentally friendly. Support is available for businesses of all sizes, and in all specialisms, to realise cost savings through improved environmental performance. 

    London Sustainability Exchange
    Essential learning and practical support to help networks of individuals and organisations make London sustainable.


    Royal London Society for the Blind
    Tel: (020) 7471 5575

    Health and Safety   

    Health and Safety Executive (HSE) 
    The HSE enforces health and safety regulations.
    It has a dedicated website for publications with details of health and safety obligations.
    Tel: 01787 881 165

    Workplace Health Connect
    This is also part of the HSE and gives free, practical advice on workplace health, safety and return to work issues, for smaller businesses.  

    Workplace Law Network 
    Information on employment law, health and safety and premises management.

    Other government agencies

    Job Centre Plus
    Provides help and advice on jobs and training for people who can work and financial help for those who cannot.

    Information Commissioner
    Register if you plan to store information about people on a computer or use CCTV.  

    Regeneration partnerships

    Action Acton
    Community based action group encouraging links with Acton residents, public agencies and local groups.

    Ealing Broadway BID Company
    Organisation dedicated to co-ordinating and delivering improvements in Ealing Broadway. 

    Trading standards

    Trading Standards Institute
    The institute gives advice on animal health and welfare, consumers’ rights - including selling methods - fair trading - including pricing - food, safety, and weights and measures.