Sources of business support and advice

This section is for anyone who needs advice with regards to their business. We aim to offer a signposting and advice service for businesses on a range issues such as: licensing, planning advice services, starting a business and other generic support. You can browse through the links to access the information which is relevant to your needs, alternatively you can submit a business enquiry directly to the Enterprise Team via our online Business Enquiry Service.

Local agencies offering enterprise advice

Below we have listed details of various local agencies that provide business support and advice.

Idea Store Business Support

Turn your business idea into a reality

The Start-ups in London Libraries [SiLL] project, led by the British Library’s Business & IP (BIPC) Centre and supported by the European Union European Development Fund, aims to give you the skills, information, confidence and connections to turn your idea into a viable business.

What's on offer

  • a quarterly two-day programme of workshops delivered by British Library business information specialists
  • business information and support, including one-to-one sessions with our Start-up in London Libraries Champion, a business and information specialist
  • free access to COBRA, easy to understand and comprehensive factsheets and guides, at home or in store.
  • a comprehensive programme of events including ‘Marketing Masterclass’ sessions
  • webcasts and screenings of the British Library’s flagship 'Inspiring Entrepreneurs' events programme.

To find out more complete the business enquiry form or visit the Business Zone on the 1st floor at Idea Store Whitechapel.


Are a network of consultants from London Business School. They joined efforts to support UK businesses in a more flexible and impactful way compared to traditional consulting.

They base their experience in the corporate space and find real experts to support their clients in achieving their goals, from surviving through the crisis to growing and thriving.

Visit the Mastersome website to learn more. You will find a section where you can ask business questions for our team to respond free of charge.


The East London Business Place

ELBP works in partnership with the council to deliver support to small and medium sized businesses in Tower Hamlets. ELBP offers buyers and suppliers a sourcing and matching service and offers free advice on procurement practice. The agency offers one-to-one support and run a programme of periodic events designed to improve business competitiveness. For more information please call 020 7537 6480 or visit


Account3 supports local people through providing enterprise support, advice and training. Their Enterprise Projects seek to support clients in the following areas: marketing support, details of networking opportunities, consultancy services and the provision of exhibition space. For more information please contact 020 7739 7720 or see details below:


Cultural Industries Development Agency

CIDA is a locally based agency which provides a range of support to businesses in the creative & cultural industries. The support includes: business consultancy, organisational development, strategic planning, marketing support, funding guidance and supply chain, and cluster development. For more information please contact   020 7247 4710 or see details below:


Spitafields Small Business Association

SSBA offers a range of support services to social enterprises. they are currently running a training & enterprise project for women, as well as providing information about available workspace and guidance on applying for premises. For more information please contact 020 7247 1892 or see details below:


Other useful sources of advice found online

Entrepreneur Handbook

Entrepreneur Handbook provides expert advice and guides for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Some of their most popular resources include guides to invoice finance, crowdfunding platforms and business insurance.


Informi launched in July 2016. This is a user focused business support service and may be a useful source of information for start up and existing businesses.