Starting your business
Research and survey your target market
Finance, tax and national insurance
Growing your business
- Information and guidance on how to start or grow your business
- Events and seminars on business growth
- One-to-one support from experienced advisors
- Support on how to access finance for your business
- Business finance (gov.uk site)
offers information related to different forms of finance for business along with search options for finance schemes relevant to your business.
- The Start Up Loans Company
, a government backed funding scheme that comes with free business support, including mentoring and advice services.
- London Co-investment fund
, founded and managed by Funding London and Capital Enterprise, are always looking to invest in high growth tech, science and digital start–ups.
are a responsible lender aiming to support business people to start, sustain and grow their companies.
- Innovate UK
aim to drive productivity and growth by supporting businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop their ideas, and build commercial success.
Know your tax requirements
The advantages of recruiting locally
Recruiting locally not only gives you an insight into your local community and customers but also offers benefits including reduced absenteeism and improved retention of staff.
Camden Young Talent Guarantee
We’re committed to supporting 500 Camden young people into opportunities every year. Make the most of the talent on your doorstep and join with us in creating equal access to economic opportunity for 16-24 year olds by offering a work placement, apprenticeship or job.
To find out more about this inspiring initiative, visit camden.gov.uk/youngtalentguarantee
You can also use any of the free recruitment support services listed on this page to source and develop local staff.
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, leading to national recognised qualifications and providing the skilled workers you need for the future.
Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.
Jobcentre Plus offers practical recruitment support and advice to employers, including help with:
- Pre-employment training (specific to your job requirements)
- Agreeing new ways to help people work in your business e.g. by offering flexible working patterns
- Reviewing your recruitment processes to make sure they don’t exclude anyone unnecessarily
King's Cross Construction Skills Centre
King's Cross Construction Skills Centre have a specialist, job brokerage team that provide information advice and guidance to Camden and Islington residents looking for work and training within the construction industry.
The team work with a variety of construction contractors and sub-contractors in Camden, and across London, offering apprenticeship and employment opportunities for residents.
The team provides specialist advice to the employer, directly supporting them with all of their hiring needs, from initial recruitment to post employment support.
For more information, contact the King's Cross construction skills centre.
Offering work experience
Considerate Companies Guide
A considerate company actively looks to limit the impacts of the business on the wider area in terms of noise generation and disturbance. It works with the local community to make changes where necessary to manage impacts. It follows all the necessary legislations and ensures all necessary consents are sought from the Council.
Camden wants to help businesses succeed whilst protecting the amenity of other residents and businesses. This guide seeks to help all new businesses opening in Camden. It includes questions each business should ask before opening, and tips to be considerate of neighbours.