Targeted advice for your business

The following organisations offer targeted business advice. For ease of reference, these specialist areas have been grouped together in the following categories:

Women-owned or managed businesses

Account3 Women’s Consultancy Service

Account3 is a women’s training and development organisation run by and for local women.

Businesses in the creative and cultural sector

Creative Enterprise Network (CEN)

CEN is a partnership of small and medium enterprises, primarily black and ethnic minority led. CEN can offer advice on business planning, fundraising and marketing.

Cultural Industries Development Agency (CIDA)

CIDA is a specialist support organisation for the creative and cultural sector. CIDA can provide sector specific business advice, business training and guidance on business funding.

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, arts and events

The Tower Hamlets arts and events team produces an arts directory for local artists and organisations which includes information on jobs, funding, professional development and local arts news.

Equalities and diversity issues


Stonewall can provide a range of advice to both businesses and employees on equality issues for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.

Tower Hamlets Council, scrutiny & equalities and human resources

The scrutiny & equalities and human resources role is to support and develop effective diversity and equalities practice across the council, police, primary care trust, voluntary sector and business community. 

For more information contact Fatima Shuaibu on 020 7364 4518.

Environmental, health and safety issues

London Remade

London Remade promotes sustainable waste management in the Thames Gateway by developing local markets for London's recycled materials.

Tower Hamlets environmental health

The Tower Hamlets health and safety team can help with the enforcement of laws in retail, warehouses, offices, leisure centres, communicable disease control, licensing and special treatments.

Businesses in the manufacturing sector

London Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)

London Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)
The London MAS helps manufacturers operate more effectively by providing support on lean manufacturing, supply chain development, product innovation and training.

Research, development and innovation

Small Business Research and Enterprise Centre

Small Business Research + Enterprise Centre provides free practical business information for anyone starting, running or growing their business, both remotely and on site. There is a varied programme of free webinars on practical business topics and 1-2-1 advice sessions.

Think Big

Think Big is an innovation programme created to accelerate and diversify growth of innovative businesses in the tier 2 region of the Thames Gateway. The Think Big team is part of the Thames Innovation Centre Ltd.

Tax and business rates

HM Revenue & Customs – City of London business support team (BST)

The City of London business support team can help employers and businesses to understand and manage their tax, national insurance and VAT obligations.

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA)

The Valuation Office Agency is an executive agency of HM Revenue & Customs and is responsible for, among other things, assessing all business and non-domestic property in England and Wales, and calculating a rateable value for each one.

Social enterprise businesses

Bromley by Bow Centre

The Bromley by Bow Centre is a social enterprise hub. In addition to housing six social enterprises the centre also includes Beyond the Barn, a programme designed to develop and grow more social enterprises across Tower Hamlets.

Spitalfields Small Business Association (SSBA)

SSBA is a not-for-profit, multi-racial social enterprise. SSBA provides affordable managed workspace and business advice to their tenants.

Advice for young people

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust provides advice and guidance to young people who want to start a business.

Information on building regulations

Tower Hamlets building control

Tower Hamlets building control ensures that all new, converted or altered buildings comply with building regulations by providing a responsive plan approval and site inspection service.

Employment and skills


Workpath is a London Borough of Tower Hamlets job brokerage service supported by regeneration agencies and in partnership with Canary Wharf PLC.