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Our experienced advisers offer support, advice, training and much more to existing businesses and anyone who wants to start one.

Business support during COVID-19

Guidance for businesses in the borough during the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Lewisham Creative Enterprise Zone

Find out about our Creative Enterprise Zone which aims to connect our creative community and support creative businesses.

Fully funded business start-up support for entrepreneurs

Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) is a fully funded programme designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs gain the skills, information and know-how to build a viable business.

Lewisham High Streets Survey

Information on the high streets survey in Lewisham.

The complete business reference adviser

The complete business reference adviser (COBRA) is a free and extensive resource that’s perfect for anyone starting a business or running a small business.

The KickStart scheme

Get financial support to hire a young person for six months.

Trading Times

Trading Times can match businesses in Lewisham with people over 50, single parents and family carers who are looking for part-time or flexible jobs.

Commercial property

We have a wide range of office, retail and commercial space to suit your company’s needs.

Business rates

Business rates are paid by those who occupy non-domestic properties to contribute to the cost of local services

Tenders and contracts

Contracts for a wide variety of works, services and supplies are available for tender each year.

Licences and street trading

Find information about which activities require a licence and how to apply for one.

Business directory

We aim to promote local businesses and to encourage people to shop locally.

Trading standards

We make sure that trading in the borough is fair for consumers, local traders and businesses.

Food safety, hygiene and standards

Running a food business means that you have a responsibility to protect the health of your customers.

Health and safety

Health and safety covers safe working practices, accidents and their prevention.

The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2022

Nominate a business for the The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards 2022.

Local Labour and Business Scheme

Information about our scheme to help local businesses win contracts and help developers, contractors and service providers fulfil their obligations.

Supporting Fairtrade

As a Fairtrade Borough, Lewisham commits to supporting and using products with the Fairtrade Mark.

Responsible retailers

The Responsible Retailer campaign is an on-going joint effort between us, Lewisham Police and businesses to act responsibly when selling products to the public.

London Living Wage

Find out about the London Living Wage and how you can claim a discount on your business rates when you become an accredited London Living Wage employer.

Offer an apprenticeship within your company

Together with borough partners, we run a highly successful apprenticeship programme, matching suitable candidates with available opportunities.

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