Waste service strike

A number of Tower Hamlets Council frontline waste service workers and street cleansers will be going on strike from 18 September to 1 October due to a national pay dispute.  

Despite the council working to maintain services for residents, the strike will impact collections and cleansing across the borough. We apologise in advance for the disruption this will cause. 

Find out more about the strike.

Projects and opportunities

Current projects

Tower Hamlets Energy Reduction Programme

Small businesses in Tower Hamlets are invited to apply for the new Energy Reduction Programme. Successful applicants will be paired with an experienced energy consultant. They then complete an on-site energy audit and provide a tailored reduction plan.

Businesses will be able to join interactive workshops to learn tips on how to make their business greener.
Business owners that follow the plan and make positive steps in reducing their energy use will be invited to apply for a grant of up to £2,500. The grant amount is to be match funded and used towards installing energy-reducing technology.

Tower Hamlets businesses are set to enjoy a £185,000 investment from the council with the launch of the programme. The aim is to help 50 businesses reduce their energy consumption by 25 per cent. If successful, it may be extended so more businesses can apply.

To deliver this pilot programme, the council has partnered with BetterFutures+, a Greater London Authority funded scheme which aims to support London’s transition to net zero.

Apply for the Energy Reduction Programme

Start Up School for Seniors

Attention all Tower Hamlets residents aged 50+! Have you ever dreamed of starting your own business, but didn't know where to start? Startup School for Seniors is here to help you turn that dream into a reality!

This fully sponsored, eight-week eLearning course is for aspiring Tower Hamlets entrepreneurs. Starting on 11 May 2023, you will be guided through the process of starting a successful business.

Not only will you gain valuable knowledge and skills, but you will also have the chance to apply for a £5000 grant once you complete the programme. Plus, you will receive 1 to 1 mentoring sessions to address any challenges you may face.

The course is online and designed to fit around your existing lifestyle. So whether you have caring responsibilities, are in or out of work, you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to turn your passion or idea into a thriving business.

Register now on the Startup school for seniors website.

Business training and grant programme

Apply for our FREE business training to develop an existing or new income stream if your business is located within one of the nine key High Streets.

Upon completion of the training programme, there will be an opportunity to apply for a business grant of up to £1000 with 50 per cent match funding. This means you will need to contribute up to £500 depending on how much grant money you apply for.

All business training is bespoke. It can be one-to-one training at your venue or online and at a time and pace that suits you.

Grant funding can not be used to buy stock. Businesses must be located within one of the nine High Streets. Conditions apply and funding is limited.

Apply for business training


Food Hygiene Training

Tower Hamlets Council is offering FREE training to food businesses to help them improve their food hygiene rating.

This training is available now for a limited time only. It is bespoke one-to-one training, at your venue and at a time convenient to you.

If your food business is in the borough, rated 3* or lower or awaiting inspection, please register here to receive support.

Reinspection is included for businesses who successfully complete the training.

For more information, please email highstreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk.


LIFT logo - leading inclusive futures through technology

Leading Inclusive Futures through Technology

LIFT is a three year programme across Camden, Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets that aims to help residents into good local jobs in the knowledge economy including tech, digital, sciences, and creative production, and to support businesses and start-ups in these sectors.

Our vision is to inspire and empower our local communities and build a lifetime of opportunities for our residents and generations to come.

For more information, please visit the Lift Futures Programme website.

Previous projects

Creative & Cultural Futures - Ended May 2022

This business support project targeted freelancers and owners of micro and small businesses in the cultural and creative sectors, a sector which largely didn’t benefit from government support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

64 micro and small Tower Hamlets based freelancers and small businesses received up to £1000 to enable them to change their existing operations to generate new income or identify avenues for alternative or additional revenue streams, along with specialist support provided for each business.

Business Adaptation Grant - Ended March 2022

This business support project provided 215 Tower Hamlets based micro and small businesses with a programme of businesses support and up to £1250 in match funding to adapt their business in a post covid environments, and take steps in safeguarding and future-proofing their business.

Pivot Project 1 - Ended March 2021

This business support programme offered £1000 grants to micro and small businesses to pivot their businesses model, to survive and thrive through the turbulent economic period caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This Project saw 50 Tower Hamlets based micro and small businesses benefit from the scheme, each receiving £1000 to pivot their business model which included an average of six hours support each.