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Our experienced advisers offer support, advice, training and much more to existing businesses and anyone who wants to start one.
Temporary co-working and business space for hire at Dek
We’re offering temporary co-working space for hire at Dek Catford until October 2019 and space for long-term hire at Dek PLACE/Ladywell.
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Free business start-up advice for entrepreneurs
Start-ups in London Libraries (SiLL) is a free programme designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs gain the skills, information and know-how to build a viable business.
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.
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. Commercial properties owned by us are available to rent and buy through commercial estate agents.
Co-working business spaces for rent
Business co-working and creative studio spaces called Dek are available to rent in Catford and Ladywell. For more information email economyandpartnerships@lewisham.gov.uk or call 020 8314 3864.
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.
Mayor's Business Awards
The Mayor of Lewisham Business Awards are an opportunity for local businesses to celebrate their successes and to increase their profile within the community.
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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