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Projects and opportunities

Current projects


The council has partnered with Enterprise Nation to deliver the Pivot Project.

The Pivot Project is aimed at helping companies that are struggling in the current climate but have the potential to survive and thrive if they can get the support and advice to adapt their business model. 

First round applications for a place on the programme opened in October 2021.

Those selected to take part will receive a detailed action plan for their business as well as further professional advice and equipment worth up to £1,000 to help with implementing changes.

The support is available for micro and small businesses, employing up to 49 people, that were trading before 30 June 2021.

While 150 firms will be selected for the Pivot Project, council officers will ensure that any applicants that don’t meet the eligibility criteria for this programme, will be supported to access other assistance available wherever possible.

To register or to find out more please visit our partner Pivot Project website. 


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.