Business Planning and How-Tos

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Connectivity Rating Scheme

Endorsed by the Mayor of London, WiredScore is delivering collecting information about the internet connectivity and infrastructure of commercial buildings. This information will be made publicly available to businesses of all sizes looking for office space.


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Superfast Broadband Vouchers

Get up to £3,000 to connect your business to superfast broadband. SMEs based in London can apply for a voucher—which is a grant, not a loan, so you don't pay it back.

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Develop your skills with free learning materials and expert advice on how to generate, actualize and pitch ideas. Practice guides for accelerators, innovation labs and more.

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Britain's free online gateway for small and medium-size enterprises seeking mentoring services. Search our list of quality-assured mentoring organizations.

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Overseas business looking to set up in London? Get essential information and expert advice on every aspect of locating and doing business in the capital.

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Tech London Advocates

Founded by angel and venture investor Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates (TLA) is an advocacy group that aims to support technology start-ups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth.

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Tech Up Nation

Tech Up Nation connects local young Londoners with apprenticeships that can provide them with the skills they need to shape the future of digital.

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London Datastore

Do you have ideas for how to use big data to create innovative apps or improve life in London? Access open city data, share ideas and request new data at London Datastore.

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Mayor's Export Programme

Are you ready to go global? The Mayor's Export Programme offers 1-to-1 support to enter an overseas market or participate in a UK exhibition.

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Smart London Plan

The Smart London Plan is for Londoners, businesses, researchers, investors and everyone who has an interest in the capital’s future. Feedback, ideas and collaboration are welcome!

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Dot London

Tell the world where you do business! A Dot London domain helps engage London audiences and associates you with the capital's reputation for innovation.

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Business Planning Support and Research

  • At a Glance: London's Tech Scene

    This guide to London's tech hotspots and clusters is designed to help entrepreneurs navigate this exciting ecosystem and find the best ways to expand business in the capital.

  • Tech Nation

    A first-ever analysis of the capabilities powering the UK digital economy. More than just a report, it's an interactive big data research project, including an interactive online guide.

  • Fried Frank Technology Online Legal Library

    Fried Frank is an international law firm that works with emerging companies seeking to expand to the US and access international markets. Their team works with members of the tech community, including startups, accelerators, and government organizations, to provide legal and business advice to companies expanding overseas. The online library contains publications on various facets of growing and running a business.

  • The British Library Business & IP Centre

    The Business & IP Centre was launched in 2006 with the aim to support businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors grow their organisations across a range of industries. The centre provides free business & intellectual property information; one-to-one advice sessions, workshops and events.

  • GrowthAccelerator

    GrowthAccelerator is now part of the Business Growth Service, a government-backed programme for businesses with the potential to scale. High-potential businesses can get help identifying and applying a growth strategy, with 1-to-1 coaching, master classes, workshops, and the potential for match funding.

Guides to Starting and Running Your Business

  • The Startup Donut

    A mix of how-to guides, feature articles, checklists, expert Q&As, FAQs, case studies, video content and blogs, providing free advice to new and established businessess.

  • Tech City Startup Toolkit

    A curated list of services and business tools that founders and startups have reported were useful when growing their business.

  • Prowess

    Focused on supporting women in business, Prowess provides how-to guides for starting a business, obtaining funding, marketing, and more.

  • Smarta Guides

    Practical guides on how to start and run a business, along with case studies, videos, and web chats.

  • UnLtd Resources for Social Entrepreneurs

    UnLtd's social entrepreneurship toolkit practical guidance and working models for every stage of social entrepreneurship from initial idea, setup and piloting, on to longer term sustainability, growth and replication.

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