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Helping you understand the essentials of setting up a business

Many people dream of leaving employment to set up their own business...

It can be an exciting and daunting time and there are many considerations. Our advice is to have a good support network around you – whether that comes from friends and family, or from professionals that understand the essentials like financing your business, sales and marketing, getting your plan together and getting your business to the right stage of development prior to going “live”.

Here are some sources of help:

Successful Mums Career Academy have just secured funding to help 50 Merton mums turn their business ideas into reality post pandemic, so if you are a Merton mum that is unemployed or employed and earning less than £21K – then you are eligible for a place! Courses start every month, so apply online to check if you are eligible: https://successfulmums.co.uk/our-courses/

Funding London are investing in start-ups in all London Boroughs. Together with the London Business Hub, they will be running a free course focused on supporting start-ups and raising investment: www.businesshub.london/resource/investment-readiness-programme/

Enterprise Nation offer a free email course over 7 days covering the essential steps: www.enterprisenation.com/your-small-business/thinking-of-starting/

London’s local growth hub also offer a range of on line resources – from factsheets to links with business mentors:

If you prefer a more individual service we can offer you a one to one session with a business adviser for £50 plus vat per hour.

This can be supplemented with our Ready to Fly book – taking through every stage of successful business planning. Purchasable for £25.

We can also signpost you to our network of members to support you as you develop your plans with advice available on finance, sales and marketing, premises and much more.

Email us to find out more at info@mertonchamber.co.uk.