Business support and advice

If you’re looking for support and advice to start up or grow your business there are lots of organisations that can help you both locally and nationally. Many offer free advice services online or over the phone and run workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.

Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL)

The British Library’s brand new service ‘Start-ups in London Libraries‘ is now here to help you turn your business idea into a reality.

Run in partnership with libraries across London and fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, The British Library offers one-to-one support to both new businesses and those yet to take the plunge, access to online business support databases and a range of free British Library led workshops on how to start and grow your business.

For more information please visit to find your nearest workshop, or contact to register for a workshop, or find out what other support is available.

Local Business Support Programmes


London Growth Hub

The London Growth Hub brings together the capital’s vast business support offer into a single online resource in addition to an online forum and case studies that show how businesses have been supported to start up and grow.

The London Growth Hub is delivered by the LEAP which is the local enterprise partnership for London. Chaired by the Mayor of London, the LEAP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London’s boroughs and business to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.

Contact the London Growth Hub here


Successful Sutton Business Training Programme

Sutton Town Centre’s Business Improvement District, Successful Sutton, offers year-round training programmes and workshops for local businesses, including non-levy payers. Topics covered include starting a business, marketing, legal compliance and finance.

020 3282 7198


Sutton Chamber of Commerce

Sutton Chamber of Commerce provides support and guidance to all local businesses, whether new or established. The Chamber offers hourlong specialist business advice clinics as well as access to finance support.

020 8770 3173


Sutton College

Sutton College is firmly establishing itself as an outstanding provider of business training in and
around the borough, following contracts with Sutton Council, NHS, G4S and Warrenders. We can
deliver bespoke packages for clients and our training programmes have improved the skills and
knowledge of their staff in areas such as IT and customer service. Our trainers are also successful in
establishing a learning environment where all your staff will make progress…and find the experience
fun and enjoyable too!

Business Training sessions can be delivered either at Sutton College (where our rooms can cater for
small or large groups) or on your business premises, all at times to suit you and your staff.


Successful Mums

Support for women with part-time and flexible work or to start a business through workshops and one-to-one mentoring.


Life Coach Directory

Life Coach Directory offers you a connection to over 300 professional Life Coaches and registered NLPs in the Sutton area, including free access to business support information and advice written by the coaches themselves.

Life Coach Directory was set up by a team who know how difficult it can be to find help and support when you truly need it.  Whether you’re a start-up business, in search of staff coaching or help with a business plan, Life Coach Directory offers individual coaches who will tailor your journey to your business needs.


Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses North Surrey Branch runs occasional seminars and offers financial benefits to its members.

01403 734257


Sutton Community Farm

Farm Start is Sutton Community Farm’s Food Growing Business Incubator that seeks to support entrants into farming.

07722 156 097

40a Telegraph Track,Wallington, SM6 0SH


The HR Dept - Preventing People Problems

The HR Dept provides you with local, personal and professional HR services with up-to-date expertise whenever you require it without breaking the bank on an outsource basis.

National Business Support Initiatives


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

This government department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. They seek to support British businesses to increase productivity and compete anywhere in the world.


London Enterprise Panel

The LEP provides a Business Growth Hub along with online and phone support to provide help with starting and running a business.

0300 456 3565


Business Mentors

This site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain. A search engine allows businesses to refine their searches according to the life stage of their business and location.


New Enterprise Allowance Scheme (NEA)

The NEA helps unemployed people to start their own business with both financial and business mentoring support.


Department for International Trade

Expert international trade advice and practical support for UK-based companies who want to grow their business overseas.


Innovate UK

Helps businesses develop new products and services and access technology.

Legal Advice


Business Companion

Free and impartial legal guidance for businesses, including ‘Quick Guides’ on the legal requirements for what, where and how you sell.


Carpenter & Co Solicitors

Local solicitors who provide 15-minute legal advice sessions at Wallington Library on Thursdays from 12.30pm to 1.15pm.

Book a session: