InBusiness Summer 2019 E-newsletter

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InBusiness Summer 2019 E-newsletter 

Walthom Forest

Inspire The Next Generation of Waltham Forest's Workforce

Cultural Leadership programme

There is a new and exciting opportunity for local businesses to improve the life chances of young people in Waltham Forest.

Waltham Forest Council's Cultural Leadership Programme (CLP) offers creative businesses  the opportunity to work with talented trainees to provide a rich resource of creativity, energy and commitment to kick start their careers. 

CLP has hand-selecting 100 16-25 year, young creatives through an exciting programme of training, mentoring, networking and work experience and we need local businesses to provide a platform for trainees to display their talents.

In a sector so reliant on connections, Waltham Forest's young people need your help to access opportunities that are usually out of reach, to ensure that the brightest skills and talent can stay in the Borough.

The first committed trainees have just been confirmed, with interests ranging from architecture, event design, creative tech and theatre. We are preparing trainees to hit the ground running in work placements of 3 days to 2 weeks.

To get more details and to discuss your potential involvement, please email Michael Christov.

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Is Your Business Brexit Proof

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Free Brexit resilience seminar for Small and Medium sized businesses.

When the UK leaves the EU, the commercial environment as we know it will change. This may cause disruption for businesses, but could mean opportunities.

This practical, interactive face-to-face training session offers information and advice from Brexit experts to help SMEs anticipate the coming changes.

Attendees will find out what Brexit could mean for them; how to use Brexit information resources; how to deal with the uncertainty of Brexiit and spot business  opportunities post-Brexit.

Supported by the London Growth Hub, free workshops are taking place across London. Growth Hub

Council has arranged for one of these free workshops to take place in the Borough:

Time: 9am to 12 pm, including breakfast

Date: Thursday 27 June,

Venue: Switchboard Studios (Blackhorse Lane).

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Waltham Forest Connected

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Join the Waltham Forest Connected and Network with local businesses.

On Thursday 16 May Waltham Forest Connected put together a networking event for Creative and Tech businesses, hosted by Creative Works, Blackhorse Lane.

The evening was a fantastic success, with inspirational speeches from local businesses successfully fusing creativity and technology.

Established in March 2017, Waltham Forest Connected was set up to help bring together businesses, voluntary sector, and community groups in Waltham Forest to network, share ideas and promote growth.

The group is led by members of the business community and supported by the Waltham Forest Council.

If you're interested in finding out more about upcoming Waltham Forest Connected meetings and events, or if you'd like to be featured in the upcoming local business directory, please visit their website.

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New Fashion Hub Comes to Leyton Green

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Affordable creative work spaces for artists, designers, small businesses and start-ups.

Following investment from the Council a former supermarket in Leyton Green is being brought back into use as a fashion and textiles hub, in partnership with London College of Fashion and the London Borough of Culture ‘Making for Change’ project.

Operated by Arbeit Studios, the space was formerly a vacant Morrisons supermarket and will feature 14 low cost studios an event space that will host exhibitions and workshops from the likes of Forest Recycling Project, London College of Fashion, and the TRAID Repair Café

There will also be a studio dedicated to business support services, skills and employment advice for local businesses and residents.

For more details and to book a viewing please contact Arbeit via the webpage below:


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Start-ups in Waltham Forest Libraries

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Find out how to set up your business and avoid common start-up pitfalls in seven easy steps.

Need a hand starting or improving your new business? Waltham Forest Council, in partnership with The British Library, are thrilled to provide local entrepreneurs with access to: expert-run workshops in Waltham Forest’s libraries, one-to-one sessions with start-up advisors, and vast professional networks, all for FREE.

SiLL is modelled on the British Library’s successful National Network of 13 Business and IP Centres located in major city libraries across the UK, which since April 2018 has helped an average of 60 people per day become entrepreneurs and has generated £25 for the economy for every £1 of public money spent.

Entrepreneurs who have access to the support provided by SiLL are up to four times more likely to create a sustainable business, with 90% of businesses successfully trading beyond the three-year mark.

To register and find out more information please contact us. 


Providus Financial Gains Living Wage Accreditation

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Become a living wage employer, take a stand to ensure your employees earn a living wage.

Providus Financial have become the latest business in Waltham Forest to receive the London Living Wage Accreditation. Based in The Avenue, Higham’s Park, Providus Financial believes that the accreditation will bring big benefits to the business.

The company, which employs 10 staff, specialises in financial planning, helping its clients provide for their family’s future and live the best life they can.

Director, Antony Smith said: “Providus has always paid the Living Wage within the business as we believe that our staff is our best asset – without them we can’t deliver a high-quality service to our customers.

“The Business Breakfast held by Waltham Forest Council and Citizens UK was a trigger for us and we decided to go for the accreditation as we believe:

  • It is the right thing to do
  • It helps us attract quality staff members.
  • It is right to provide a fair salary for everybody and recognises each person’s contribution to the success of the company

If you would like information on how your company can become a Living Wage accredited business please contact Rochael Nicholas.


Outset - Business Start-up Support

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Expert business support for local entrepreneurs in Waltham Forest.

Eleven local entrepreneurs have progressed through the first Outset Waltham Forest start up course, learning everything they need to know to make their business idea successful.

Participants were taken through a structured learning schedule covering topics such as, Market Research, Time Management, Finance, Pricing, Costing, Social Media, Marketing and Business Planning.

The course is just one of the features of the free to access programme; other features include free 121 coaching, a year’s subscription to Outsets e-learning portal and a national peer-to-peer support network.

Outset is fully funded by Waltham Forest and focusses on pre-start-up and start-ups (less than 12 months old), with an address in Waltham Forest.

To access this free business support, please contact Alba Cadenas.


The London Healthy Workplace Award

London Healthy Workplace Award

Help you make your workplace healthier, happier and more productive.

Whether you’re a small business, large corporation or public sector organisation the Award can help you.

How does it work?

With free support from your local borough, you can show us and your employees how you are really focused on health and wellbeing. The award aligns with the Mayor’s Good Work Standard which also references other initiatives to support fair employment practices and better workplaces.

The London Health Workplace Award is a set of standards that organisations meet to receive an official accreditation. With free advice and support from your local borough Lead, there are just five steps to getting accredited. Find out more here

Our borough lead is Patroklos Sesis. Please contact Patroklos on or 0208 496 4760 or email using contact icon and clearly stating ‘London Healthy Workplace Award’ in the email subject box.


Strenghten Links with Your Community


Help support a college students career by providing work placement opportunity.   

It’s been an exciting and eventful 2019 for Monoux College. In the last 6 months students have taken part in a range of work experience placements, projects, insight days, and networking opportunities, with employers over a range of industries, including business, finance, science, creative, and digital technology.

Over the course of the year 76% of our students at the college will have completed a work experience placement, as well as engaging with employers on a number of levels.

Employer partners include; PWC, John Lewis Partners, Bank of America, Lloyds of London, Baker McKenzie, and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveying (RCIS), to name a few. Through these exciting relationships students have gained valuable insight, and understanding of these industries, as well gaining knowledge on various progression routes, and aspirations.

If you are interested in finding out more about the how to get involved and support the students and college community please visit our website at:

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