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Achieve Your Business Dreams with the

Inspiring Women Programme! 

Inspiring Women is a business support programme specifically designed for women in London to start and establish their own businesses, as well as grow and sustain existing early stage businesses.  

Support is provided through one to one sessions with experienced Advisers along with a range of business seminars and mentoring.  All the services delivered under this scheme are FREE of charge as they are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Find out below how you can access either: 

 1. A 3 month Inspiring Women Start Up Programme (if you are not already trading or have a registered business). The next 3 month course starts in May 2020 (recruiting from February / March 2020). 


2. The Inspiring Women Business Growth Service (if you are already running an early stage business which has been registered for less than 42 months).    

1. Thinking About Starting a Business?

Ready for a challenge - need help and support to get going?

Apply for the Inspiring Women Start Up Programme

If you have an idea for a business or a social enterprise and need dedicated help to get up and running - your can apply for our Inspiring Women Start Up Programme. This scheme offers a free package of support specifically designed to help women in London successfully start their own business.  It is delivered through a range seminars and access to our expert Business Adviser over a 3 month period.  This includes help with:


  • Creating a vision for your business

  • Researching your market

  • Exploring your business model

  • Learning about the skills and mindset required to start your business

  • Understanding legal requirements

  • Peer mentoring with like-minded people curious about starting a business

  • Action planning on how to grow and sustain your business.

Following completion of the 3 month course, you will also have 6 months' free access to Business Hub factilities including hot desks / co-working space and a professional mailing address.

Are You Eligible for 2020?

To be eligible to apply for the next 3 month Inspiring Women Start Up Programme (commencing May 2020) you must be a woman and:

  • Be resident in a London borough

  • Be thinking of starting a business to be based in a London borough

  • Have attended a FREE Steps to Starting Your Own Business Taster Session in Feburary / March 2020 

  • Have a business idea, but not have already registered your business with HMRC or Companies House, or be trading. (If you have registered your business or are trading, you can still benefit from our Inspiring Women Business Growth Service for existing businesses, see 2. below)

  • Be able to commit to the 3 month period of the course - an average of around 10 hours a week.  Seminars will take place on Fridays.

  • Not already be receiving support through other programmes

  • Not have registered a business / run a business in the last 42 months (from the date of acceptance on this course)

How to Apply for the 3 Month Course:

The Inspiring Women 3 month Start Up Programme will commence on 1st May 2020. To be eligible to apply you must have attended a 2 hour free Steps to Starting Your Own Business Taster Session  in February / March 2020.  After you have attended a Taster session, you will need to complete the Inspiring Women Start Up Programme Application Form - following submission, successful candidates will be selected and notified.  

2. Running an Early Stage Business?

If you are already trading, or you have registered (under 42 months) and are looking to develop and grow your business, you can apply for our Inspiring Women Business Growth Programme.  This includes access to expert one to one business advice and a range of Business Growth Seminars (12 hours worth of support in total).  Our experienced Advisers can help you:

  • Promote and market your business effectively: enhancing sales and developing a marketing strategy, including using social media effectively

  • Understand your finances: including help with financial forecasting, cash-flow, maximise your profit margin

  • Get to grips with environmental management including energy efficiency performance, policies and procedures

  • Develop and review your business model

  • Human resources: recruitment process, staffing policies and procedures 

As part of this service, after you have received the 12 hours of support, you will also have free access to Business Hub facilities - including access to hot desks / co-working space, a professional mailing address for 6 months.


Are You Eligible?

To apply for the Inspiring Women: Business Growth Service, you must be a woman and:

  • Have a business which is registered with HMRC or Companies House less than 42 months old at the time of acceptance for Business Growth support under this programme

  • Be running your business from a London borough

  • Commit to receiving 12 hours business support (this can be made up of a mix of one to one advice sessions and business seminars).

  • Not already receiving support through other programmes

How to Register for Inspiring Women Business Growth Service

Make an appointment to see one of our Advisers for a business review to identify and agree an action plan for support.  (You are not required to attend a seminar before this meeting).  Call 020 8443 5457 or email

There is no deadline to apply for the Business Growth Programme, you can apply at anytime, however, there are limited places available until the end of the Inspiring Women Programme in December 2021. 

This support  provided under the Inspiring Women Business Growth Service is free of charge as it is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

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