InBusiness spring 2019 e-newsletter

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InBusiness Spring 2019 e-newsletter

Walthom Forest

Outset Waltham Forest - Business Start Up Programme


The London Borough of Waltham Forest is delighted to announce the launch of the award-winning Outset business start-up programme. 

Nationally the Outset service has helped over 7,000 individuals develop their business ideas, create viable business plans, and gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to establish successful sustainable enterprises.

There will be a series of start-up courses starting soon and held at different venues across Waltham Forest, and the service is open and free for all Waltham Forest residents. Additional learning support is available 24/7 through Outset's modular and interactive online start-up programme, as well as from Alba Maraver Cadenas, Outset's local business advisor.

This highly practical and friendly programme will help you build all the critical foundations for your business. You can find out more by calling Alba: on 08001 214 458.


Borough of Culture Local Supplier List

Borough of culture suppliers list

The London Borough of Waltham Forest invite expressions of interest from local businesses, who are ready and able to deliver products and services for the Borough of Culture activities, within the following ten key areas;

Food & drink / Lighting, Marquees / Pedestrian Barriers & Fencing / Portable Toilets / Printing/ Seating & Tables/ Event Security / Sound, Audio Visual, Videography & Photography / Staging, Flooring & Ramps

If your business has a Waltham Forest postcode and operates in any of the above categories, please register on the London Tenders Portal . Once registered, search for project reference ‘Borough of Culture DN385695’ and complete the ‘Minimum Requirements’ document, confirming your expression of interest.


Business Support For Creative Businesses

forge creative business support

Forge is a programme targeted at creative businesses based around the Blackhorse Lane Creative Enterprise Zone.  This new business support programme is for freelancers, artists, makers, designers, producers, creative micro-enterprises and SMEs.

The Forge programme focuses on businesses looking to scale-up and grow. The programme will focus on specific themes and curated cohorts, to ensure a close fit.

Forge will provide up to 12 hours of free support through tailored workshops, 1:1 advice and coaching, and events - enabling networking, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and making new contacts.

There will be four editions of the programme, starting from March 2019.


Art Night Comes To Waltham Forest

Art night Walthamstow

Art Night is one of London’s largest free art festivals, presenting exceptional projects and events in unusual locations and the public realm, in a different area of London each year.

As part of our Borough of Culture year, Art Night 2019 will take place on Saturday 22 June (7pm till late) in Walthamstow. Locations will be mainly on and around Walthamstow High Street, with additional sites at Walthamstow Central, St James’s Street, the Village, Hoe Street and William Morris Gallery.

Art Night offers local restaurants, cafes, bars and shops located in the area the opportunity to make the most of an increased number of visitors. All types of participation are encouraged, from later opening hours, a special drink, menu or offer, which will be listed on Art Night's communications materials.

If you’d like to learn more, please email

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Vehicle scrappage scheme for microbusinesses

Van scrap scheme

As part of the Mayor of London's plans to clean up London’s air, a new, £23m scheme was announced to help smaller business owners to scrap older, more polluting vans and switch to cleaner vehicles.

The scheme will initially help London’s micro businesses – defined as those with fewer than ten employees – to prepare for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) by switching to the cleanest vehicles, including electric.

It is planned to be in place ahead of the introduction of the new central London ULEZ, which from 8 April 2019 will bring in charges for vehicles that do not meet stricter emission standards, which applies 24 hours a day-365 days a year. Diesel vans which do not meet the latest Euro 6 standard will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive in central London.

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Tomorrow's Market


Tomorrow's Market is a new business support programme launched by the London Growth Hub.

The programme aims to support new market traders in growing their businesses and reaching out to new customers and audiences. The programme matches existing traders with programme participants to give them the experience and knowledge that they need to thrive in London’s markets sector.

There are currently just 15 places available to would be traders. Market trading is low cost, no boss and high return, so act fast for the chance to turn your bright ideas into successful businesses. 


Upgrade Your Broadband With £2,500 Goverment Grant

internet voucher

If you are a small or medium sized business, you could be eligible for a Gigabit Broadband Voucher, worth up to £2,500, to upgrade your business broadband to super-fast, gigabit capable infrastructure.

£67m is available across the country as part of government’s drive to increase full fibre coverage, but when it’s gone – it’s gone.

Businesses can apply individually or collectively, pooling their vouchers to improve connectivity in their areas, and the Business Growth Team is on hand to support local businesses looking to bring forward a scheme collectively.

Visit the Voucher scheme’s website to find out more.

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Brexit Business Resource Hub


Information about the UK leaving the EU and advice on business preparedness continues to be updated.

  • HMRC has produced a range of resources to help businesses prepare for the possibility of leaving the EU without a deal. This includes:
  • Step-by-step guides to importing and exporting
  • Guidance for businesses that trade with the EU
  • Letters sent to businesses who trade with the EU
  • Key messages on the UK border

All these documents are available on the dedicated GOV.UK resources page and are designed to support businesses through this period of uncertainty.

The London Growth Hub provides additional advice, tailored to the need of London’s businesses and offers to keep businesses updated on news and business support, as Brexit unfolds.

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Making Tax Digital

making tax digital

Making Tax Digital is a vital part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs.

HMRC’s ambition is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. Making Tax Digital is making fundamental changes to the way the tax system works – transforming tax administration so that it is:

more effective

more efficient

easier for taxpayers to get their tax right

VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) are required to use the Making Tax Digital service to keep records digitally and use software to submit their VAT returns from 1 April 2019.

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