London Business Hub
What is the London Business Hub?
London Business Hub is part of the national network of Growth Hubs delivered across England.
Launched in September 2020 the London Business Hub brings together the best of the capital’s huge business support offering in one convenient place.
Who funds and manages the London Business Hub?
London Business Hub is delivered by the LEAP which is the local enterprise partnership for London. Chaired by the Mayor of London, the LEAP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London’s boroughs and business to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.
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Start, Scale, Grow
Start, Scale, Grow’ was developed to help business owners from start-ups, SMEs and growth businesses acquire the knowledge, confidence and skills to grow and develop their businesses. The programme, which launched in May 2017, saw advisers taking residence in twelve co-working spaces across London offering support through a series of masterclasses covering topics from digital marketing to financial planning. There was then the opportunity for those businesses showing growth potential to go on to receive further one-to-one mentoring as part of the programme.
By the end of 2017 the programme had supported 1061 businesses and start-ups through masterclasses and helped 298 businesses and start-ups access one-to-one mentoring. The programme cohort proved to be reflective of London’s population, with a 43% /57% male/female split and 41.5% of respondents identifying as being from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
Overall the masterclasses were well received with average scores of 4 or above (out of a maximum score of 5) for all feedback questions asked. The opinion on the instructors was extremely positive, with an overwhelming 85% of respondents giving the instructor a mark of 5 for communication and 84% providing a mark of 5 for knowledge of subject being presented. Over 70% of participants said they would recommend the courses to others.
The one-to-one mentoring was also extremely well received by the beneficiaries. Of those who responded to the satisfaction survey 86% stated that the mentoring delivered was of a very high or high quality and 76% stated that it addressed and identified needs within their business very or extremely well.
“With the mentor I was able to discuss the specifics of my business with an advisor who had a background in digital marketing. He was able to help me set up my digital based business and including specific advice on trademarking and copyright and protecting my intellectual property. He was really knowledgeable in these areas and his support was really valuable for me.”
Brexit Business Resource Hub
London is the best city in the world in which to do business and the Mayor of London has been clear that it will always remain open.
However, we know that businesses are unsure about how they can be best prepared for Brexit.To support you, the London Growth Hub and the Mayor of London have launched a new Brexit Business Resource Hub. It will bring together key resources from a range of partners to help you with business planning, supporting you to map areas of your business with potential exposure to Brexit.