Help to start or grow your business

We are proud to have so many small businesses in Redbridge and we want to help you to start, stay and grow your business here.

Whether you are just getting started or have been in business for years, book an appointment with our Work Redbridge for Business advisor who can offer you support  with:

  • Creating a business plan
  • Getting you registered with HMRC
  • Accessing markets and finance
  • Finding premises, recruiting staff and much more

We offer two support packages, one for start up businesses and another for existing businesses:

If you’re thinking about starting a business and want to know where to begin, you can access the following support:

Free how to start a business workshop

This is a 2 hour session covering the basics of business planning, market research, finance and how to get started.

1-2-1 Information, advice and guidance 

Our business adviser will offer practical information, advice and guidance to help you start your business including a tailored action plan and a business starter pack.

Business starter pack 

Our business adviser will tailor a starter pack to the needs of your business and will include COBRA reports, key contacts and useful business templates.

Free financial systems workshop

Our finance adviser will take you through everything from financial modelling, personal survival budgeting, registering with HMRC and basic bookkeeping procedures.

Access to finance

Our business adviser can provide information about how to access grants, loans and other finance options to get your business started.

Navigating to wider business support services

Information and key contacts for local web designers, graphic designers, accountants, solicitors, estate agents. 

Trading post project

Access to our Trading Post project – an opportunity to test trade your product in our Trading Post market stall.

Access to a monthly newsletter 

 Information about wider support to help your business grow.

If you’re an existing business in Redbridge with a turnover of under £1 million, we are here to help you to grow your business by offering the following:

Free business diagnostic 

Our Business Adviser will take you through a range of questions to find out how well your business is doing and will produce an Implementation Plan for you to work on

Free Financial Healthcheck 

Our Finance Adviser that will look at your business is doing financially and provide information and support with back office systems

Access to finance and markets

Our Business Adviser can provide information about access to loans, grants and other funding as well as potential supply chain opportunities

Access to a range of workshops and seminars

We provide sessions that can support you to help your business grow in a wide range of areas such as marketing, Intellectual Property, legislation and much more

Qualified Introductions to professionals that could help your business

Our advisers give information about opportunities to network and introductions to useful contacts that can help your business

Recruiting staff and developing your workforce

Our Work Redbridge for Business service can help you to recruit new staff and train up your workforce

 We also allow you to access commercial premises

Access to a monthly newsletter

Information about wider support to help your business grow

Book your Work Redbridge for Business appointment

Appointments are face to face and last for 45 minutes. They are held at Hub Central, second floor, Redbridge Central Library, Ilford, IG1 1EA.

You need to be a Redbridge resident or be planning to trade in Redbridge to access the Work Redbridge for business support.

Book a business appointment

Business support and advice 

There are a variety of organisations that offer support for businesses including starting a business, business finance and grants, tax, marketing and much more. Most of the services are free and all are available to Redbridge residents.


Contact Details 

Target Client Group

Great Business



London Growth Hub



Redbridge Institute 

020 8550 2398


Sophia Hubs

020 8590 2568

Redbridge Residents

Hub Central - business work space in Redbridge

If you’re looking for a place to work become a member of Hub Central membership is free and includes:

  • access to our large co-working space - centrally located on the  Second Floor, Redbridge Central Library, Ilford, IG1 1EA
  • free use of COBRA (Complete Business Reference Advisor)
  • dedicated wi-fi
  • opportunities for networking
  • a regular e-newsletter about training, events and workshops and talks by industry leaders

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