Doing Business in London

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Support & Opportunities for Businesses in London

  • Vision 2020: Ambitions for London

    The Mayor’s 2020 Vision is a signal of serious intent – one designed to lengthen London’s lead as the greatest city on earth. It announces to the world that London is a sure bet – the best place to do business. Watch a video to see how the city will transform by 2010; find out what's happening your local area; and pitch your own ideas via Talk London.

  • Talk London

    Talk London has been created by the Greater London Authority as a place to discuss London's big issues. But it isn’t just a talking shop. The Mayor of London wants your opinions to help steer the big policy decisions of the future – from those affecting London’s young people, transport, safety and health, housing, the environment and the economy.

  • Connectivity Rating Scheme

    Endorsed by the Mayor of London, WiredScore is delivering connectivity ratings for office buildings. The scheme collects 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. Visit from 17th June for more information.

  • Smart London Plan

    The Mayor's Smart London Plan looks at the role digital technology can play in helping to address city challenges, to make London an even better city to live in. The Plan sets out how we can better articulate these challenges as market opportunities for technology companies. This is for Londoners, businesses, researchers, investors and everyone who has an interest in the capital’s future.

  • Technology Innovation Portal

    The Mayor of London welcomes technological ideas that can help deliver on his vision of a world-class transport system. The Technology Innovation Portal allows users to submit innovative technological ideas and solutions that meet one of our key challenges.

  • Superfast Broadband Vouchers

    If you have a small to medium sized business (SME) based in one of London’s 33 boroughs you can apply for a voucher for up to £3,000. It’s a grant, not a loan, so that means you don’t have to pay it back. The grant covers the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband.

  • London Open Workspaces

    The London Open Workspaces map is an interactive guide to London's start-up workspaces, revealing the capital's incubators and co-working spaces alongside other start-up workspaces such as artist studios and maker-spaces.

  • London Enterprise Panel

    The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is the local enterprise partnership for London. Chaired by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the LEP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London's boroughs, business and Transport for London to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.

  • Dot London

    The Dot London domain name opens new opportunities for individuals, small enterprises and major corporations to associate themselves directly with London's brand and benefit from the capital's reputation for business leadership and innovation.

  • Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme

    The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is a government scheme designed to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance by offering tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies.

  • Capital Enterprise

    Capital Enterprise is the membership body for providers of enterprise support services in London. Capital Enterprise and its members provide a wide range of support services including advice, training, mentoring, accelerator programmes, specialist technical expertise, networking, soft loan finance and incubator accommodation to both pre-start and trading entrepreneurs and small businesses in all 33 London Boroughs.

  • Heart of London

    Heart of London Business Alliance operates two Business Improvement Districts, representing 500 businesses in the Piccadilly & St James’s and Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus areas. The alliance provides leadership and direction for businesses and property owners, promotes the district to a global audience and ensures that the area continues to attract visitors and trade.

  • London First

    London First is not-for-profit organisation, entirely funded by its members. London First’s mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. The organisation works to influence national and local government policies and investment decisions to support London’s global competitiveness.

  • Companies House

    Companies House incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers the information companies are legally required to supply, and makes that information available to the public.

  • West London Business

    West London Business works to ensure West London stays the best place to do business. It is a business-led non-profit organisation with a board including blue-chip firms such as Heathrow and PwC, as well as Fullers, Brunel University London and micro/ sole trader representatives. WLB has several hundred business members, 12,000+ supporters receiving communications and 30+ events per annum, including the West London Business Awards. A £50bn economy, the North-West London sub-region WLB covers is the UK’s second largest economic powerhouse after the Central London economic zone. Recent research by Peter Brett Associates shows that West London is the most productive part of London per worker.

  • London Infrastructure 2050

    The infrastructure work identifies the capital’s needs in order to remain competitive as the best place to live, work, study, invest, play. It highlights some of the challenges and opportunities we have in terms of planning and delivering infrastructure. It sets out potential market opportunities for technology companies in helping us deliver London’s needs more efficiently or transform the way we deliver infrastructure.

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