Starting a business in Lambeth

Use this guide to find out everything you need to know when starting a business in Lambeth.

Advice on starting a new business

Find out how to plan for starting a business in Lambeth. Get advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), creating a business plan, and finding a workspace in Lambeth.

When you start a business, you need to think about:

  • registering your business
  • rules for the type of business you want to run
  • where you'll run your business
  • finding people to work for you.

GOV.UK has lots of advice on these first steps in their guide to setting up a business.  

Writing a business plan

You'll need to write a business plan to help you develop your business. Check GOV.UK for guidance, templates and examples on how to write a business plan.

Business continuity planning

Find advice on how to plan for the long-term success of your business, even if unexpected things happen. Read our business continuity guide.

Finding a workspace in Lambeth

You might need to find somewhere to work from while you start your business.

If you're a start-up, micro or small business, you can find a workspace in Lambeth through our Lambeth Works workspace programme.

You can find other workspaces in Lambeth on London Growth Hub’s open workspaces map.

Free advice from Lambeth Council

You can talk to us about anything to do with setting up a new business, or running an existing business in Lambeth. Call us on 020 7926 8111.

We have also published coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and help for businesses.

Free advice from other organisations

GOV.UK's help and support for businesses has links to government support, including financial help and a free helpline.

The London Growth Hub can give you free advice on all aspects of your business and runs events that might help you learn more. It offers online information and you can also talk to an adviser.

Start-ups in London Libraries is a community of business owners who can give you support and guidance. It's free to join, and they're now running webinars and remote workshops.

Business Launchpad runs free business workshops and coaching for young entrepreneurs aged 18-30.

OneTech helps to find opportunities in the creative and tech industries for tech founders from groups who are underrepresented and underestimated. It can help you through free mentoring, workshops, networking, free workspaces and links to paid internships.

Tree Shepherd helps local businesses develop and contribute to their local communities. It offers free training, business support and practical help.

Business Solutions Centre is run by students of London South Bank University. It can help you solve specific business planning challenges.

Enterprise for London offers free advice, training, access to finance and ongoing support.

Tell us how we can improve our Business Portal

As part of Lambeth Council’s programme of improvement, we would like to gain a better understanding of your needs and how we can improve your online experience for business or commercial services with the council.

We are specifically asking about commercial and business services you may require or information you would like to access. We are currently exploring how these are delivered digitally and the potential to make changes that may improve your overall experience.

Please fill out our short survey to tell us what you think.