Business support and advice

Whether you are an existing business or seeking to start a business in Barnet, you will find much of the information and help you need from these organisations:

General advice and support is the national first point of contact for web based free access to business information and support, replacing previous websites Business Link and Directgov.

British Library Business and Intellectual Property (IP) centre at King's Cross St. Pancras provides help to start, run and grow your business. Innovating for Growth Programme “if you are an exciting and ambitious London-based small business looking to grow into a new market, launch a new product or implement a new process but aren’t sure how to take the next steps, our free 3-month small business support programme is here to help”.

Greater London Enterprise (GLE) provides a range of business support initiatives from business support and advice, business finance, consulting and accommodation.

Leonard Cheshire Disability helps support disabled entrepreneurs to set up or run their own business with the support of partner organisations, see The Stelios Award competition for further details.

Prince's Trust provides useful guides on starting a business. If you’re aged 18-30, unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week and have a business idea, the Enterprise programme can help you decide whether self-employment is right for you.

Prime the Prince’s initiative for Mature Enterprise, supporting business creation by the over 50s. Prime have successfully been awarded a contract to deliver business advice and training to residents over 50 in Barnet keen to be self employed or start a business. 

Research, Knowledge and Technology Transfer There are a wide variety of ways in which Middlesex University can help businesses with technical advice, applied research or consultancy to help grow their organisation.

The Department for International Trade is the Government department which encourages foreign direct investment and helps UK-based companies to export elsewhere.


Enterprise Enfield is an independent, non profit making business advisory and training organisation dedicated to helping both new and established businesses succeed.

The UK franchise directory franchises provide a way for individuals to start their own businesses with the backing of an established brand and business process. holds a wide range of franchise opportunities in many categories of business 


Best of Barnet provides a useful source for business networking events taking place throughout the borough.

Federation of Small Business the FSB is a non profit making and non-party political organisation. The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK 's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. North London Branch run a free monthly networking event in North Finchley taking place on the first Monday of each month.

North London Chamber of Commerce covers Barnet, Enfield , Haringey and Waltham Forest and offers a specialised membership service for local businesses to help raise their profile and generate new opportunities.


Start-up Loans Company a government backed scheme to fund and mentor young entrepreneurs aged 18-30 thinking about getting into business. Low cost unsecured loan with the added incentive of quality business mentoring.

Capital for Enterprise CfEL is the UK Government’s centre of knowledge, expertise and information on the design, implementation and management of finance measures to support Small and Medium Size enterprises (‘SMEs’) across the UK.


Commercial property please visit the link for Corporate Property Services department if you are interested in renting or buying property owned by Barnet Council.


Apprenticeships are work-based training schemes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. You can use apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees.

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) provides further information and can help with funding apprenticeships to make your business more effective and competitive.

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