Business Show is back this May!

Business Show 2017

Europe’s most trusted and largest Business show is back this May! 25,000 entrepreneurs and start-up owners will flock to the ExCeL, London on the 17th and 18th May looking to launch their business and grow their start-up. Now in its 37th edition; here’s the top 5 reasons why you should register for a free ticket to Europe’s largest business show

click here to claim yours now!

1. World-class Keynote Speakers
Including the founder of Pall-ex and former Dragon Hilary Devey CBE, one the most renowned and respected self-made millionaires in UK business, Charlie Mullins OBE, Caprice, a world-renowned model who has used her own brand to create the £multimillion empire By Caprice Lingerie and Rachel Lowe, former taxi driver turned award winning MBE – to name a few!

2. The Best Networking Event in the UK
The show is an unprecedented networking opportunity to meet 25,000 like-minded and ambitious entrepreneurs and hundreds of businesses all under one roof – the perfect opportunity to make valuable connections and promote your business!

3. Amazing Funding Opportunities
If you are a Start-Up looking for that one golden opportunity to launch your business or a business owners looking for that injection of capital. Look no further – from exhibitors ‘Start-Up Loans’ and ‘Funding Circle’ to features such as ‘Angels Den’. There has never been a better opportunity to give your business the boost it needs.

4. Unrivalled Support and Advice
Enjoy 170 masterclasses and 250 seminars on everything from brand leadership and improving your digital skills to profitable growth and networking. Or put your Brexit fears to ease with the experts from Immigration Advice Service.

5. You Don’t Pay A Penny
The show is completely free to attend…Need I say more?

Click here to register for your complimentary ticket today.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind Regards

Business Advice 


P.S. If you’re interested in exhibiting at this years’ show then contact Nick Woore on 0117 929 6083 or email for more information. 


Kickstart your Motivation

Grace Erin Reed
Grace Erin Reid
Entrepreneurial life – this path, can be lonely, intimidating, overwhelming. This journey, demands consistent confidence and enduring bravery. You don’t need an illusion – you need support through challenges, a sounding board for standing at commercial cross roads and above all you need focus and motivation to realise your goals.

However, this can be tough, as you step into unchartered waters it is easy to become subsumed with the day to day grind of getting your business up and running which means that your important social circle and home life can fall by the wayside.

Apathy can often set in as you start to feel isolated, lost, stuck and demotivated as your plans take longer than anticipated to come to fruition.

Kickstart Your Motivation is an interactive workshop that has been designed to equip you with the tools to stay focussed, positive and motivated to achieve your objectives.

This interactive workshop will look at:
The challenges you face as an entrepreneur/business owner
What de-motivates you and why?
How to identify and manage de-motivation

  • Reality check
  • Inner dialogue
  • Inner dialogue strategies
  • Motivation toolkit

    Guest speaker Mareli Pelzer from The Tastery
    from running her supper clubs from home too becoming part of the renowned Grub Club

    Date: 28th March 2017 (Tuesday)
    Venue: Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue, London W9 2DB
    Time: 9.45 registration until 1pm
    To register please click on this eventbrite link
    or  for more information please contact us
    020 7266 06365

Meet the council’s Business Unit

Business Unit Westminster

Meet the council’s Business Unit

This January, the council’s Business Unit is organising two drop-in sessions for start-ups, giving you a chance to ask any questions related to running a business in Westminster. Among other things, our Business Unit can:

  • link your business to the support and advice available in Westminster
  • provide local economy and market intelligence
  • introduce the bidding process for council and public sector contracts
  • help align your Corporate Social Responsibility activity with local priorities

When and where: 

Tuesday 24 January, 1-3pm, Church Street Library, 67 Church St, NW8 8EU

Monday 30 January, 12 midday-2pm, Westminster Reference Library, 35 St. Martin’s Street, WC2H 7HP

Claire Dell, creator and artist for Declaire Decor

Claire Dell, creator and artist for Declaire Decor

I have always felt attracted to diverse and creative atmospheres on and off screen that I applied my interests into Saint Martins College of Art and completed a degree in theatre design in 2007. My influences and passions for Avant guard music, scenic painting and the works of Hollywood director Busby Berkley pushed my creativity into producing feature walls for commercial and private spaces.

As a resident of Westminster, I discovered Westminster Enterprise Centre in 2013 and became acquainted to regular workshops and business advice, that the opportunity to present my works in their space became a clear prospect to advertise my services.

Their venue brings a wide circle of clients from alternative business backgrounds and in 2016 the staff of PDT, decided to change the interior décor. The kitchen was a perfect place where I was able to bring one of my concepts to life and express it large.  The theme generated after feedback and suggestions from the users of Westminster Enterprise Centre that was nature, flora and fauna. After deciding on tropical birds, I decided to express my love of gilding onto the painting, a feature that I incorporate in DeClaire Decor.

Declaire Decor is my creative brand that offers bespoke art, creating the feature walls. My applications are entirely hand crafted and included gilding and fabric applications onto walls as well as painting intriguing concepts.

The entire process of creating the feature wall in Westminster Enterprise Centre was a pleasure for the clients, visitors, staff as well as myself, witnessing the transformation and the unknowing to what was about to come. Every occasion I was painting, new as well as regular faces was expressing curiosity and wonderment to the development; this response was live art. It became clear that the satisfaction wasn’t just about the end result, it was the journey taken.

From this I have understood how fascinated people are to watch live art and how it allows their minds to open to new insights towards creativity and entertains them also. As of now I am focusing on new concepts based on flora and fauna and excited to work in further community venues.

Claire Dell BA: Spatial designer
Declaire Decor: Curator and Artist                                                                                    

Mobile: 078 8885 554

Secure funding to start a business

Tanya lives in Westminster with her family, her partner and two children. She had been working as a PSV driver for fifteen years so understands the hard work that would be required to run a successful business as a Private Hire and Reward driver. Her father worked as an HGV driver and another member of her family drives a London bus.

Tanya decided in 2016 to start her own business but to do so she would require funding. Her good friend Jean recommended that she work with Westminster-Enterprise Centre to help her secure funding to start her business.

When Jean started her own business, 12years ago, she also went to the WEC who provided her with advice and funding to start up as a PSV driver.

After writing her business plan with help from Jean, PSV driver and good friend, and Maria Stammers, Business Advisor, Tanya secured the full amount of funding she applied for.

She now has a bus that can accommodate 16 passengers  and her aim is to run a small friendly business offering a door to door punctual scheduled service that is available throughout the week and weekends.

Start Up Loans
Available for Small Businesses

“Will your business still be here in five years. Gear up for the digital revolution.”

David Taylor, Corporate Communications Co-ordinator, Federation of Small Businesses

David TaylorDavid Taylor has almost 25 years’ experience of the UK media scene garnered from a career in journalism, in-house media relations, public relations, marketing communications and social media consultancy.

Co-author of two social media books, he has trained well over 2,500 business owners and companies in the UK and abroad in online marketing, social media and networking. He currently works with FSB to deliver the organisation’s social media and digital strategy.
Come along meet David and join us for networking with a Christmas drink and mince pie!
Venue: Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue, W9 2DB (entrance on Chippenham Road)
Date: Evening of the 8th December (Thursday)
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm – 7.30

Book your FREE ticket on eventbrite now to avoid disappointment  


Get involved in Westminster Enterprise Week

Inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs

#GEW2016 is held in November 14-20
More than half of young people in the UK aged 16 to 24 want to start their own business.


To help them get their ideas off the ground, the council has launched an annual Westminster Enterprise Week to connect young people in Westminster to the world-class enterprise opportunities on their doorstep.

Want to help us to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs? If you have a business or enterprise space, or just want to see how you can get involved, join us for Westminster Enterprise Week 2016. For more information on how to take part, please contact David Wilkins.

Westminster Enterprise Week is an official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest entrepreneurship campaign. global-entrepreneurship-week



Workshop 27th October 2016 (Thursday evening)
time: 6.00pm starting at 6.30pm until 8pm
venue: Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue, W9 2DB (entrance on Chippenham Road)
If you would like to attend this event please book your FREE place on eventbrite

According to Jo Lynn, whose tag is PR Yogi, her many years of experience on Fleet Street and in PR mega-agencies are of no use to small businesses and start-ups.  Start-ups simply don’t have the resources to mimic big agency behaviour per se”, she claims. What she can show small businesses is how to think like a big agency by being strategic.  If you are time poor – and which small business isn’t – forget planning a campaign that requires two days a week of input.  “The key is learning how to derive the most impact for the least budget and the least time”, Jo states.

“My Consultancies and training programmes are tailored for small businesses who may only have one hour a week to spend on PR and social media” With 20 years’ experience of consultancy to small businesses, Jo has devised ways and tips to build a brand strategically without sweat.

  • Most start-ups don’t have a clear idea of what their brand is when they begin. Jo shows you how to discover who you are and what you are and helps you define explanations about your brand in a clear, simple and easy to understand way.   Meetings are a real time killer.  Jo shows you ways to make meetings far more effective and less wasteful.
  •  Why don’t journalists and social media pick up on your postings? Jo shows you how to be an effective communicator.
  •  Concentrate on your targets: a small business failing is trying to reach too many targets and achieving nothing.  Jo shows you how to be an effective communicator.
  •  Jo shows you how to prioritise and then spend your time on your key targets so that you get results
M: 07958 612 166
Tel: 020 7 328 3443

If you would like to attend this event please book your FREE place on eventbrite