Kindred Studios coming to W9


Kindred Studios
  are a not-for-profit organisation, currently based in Ladbroke Grove, supporting 90+ artists and makers by providing affordable studio spaces and bringing creatives together in a supportive, community-focused environment. We are going to be moving to a new larger site in Queens’s Park in the next couple of months – taking over the site of City of Westminster College, Queen’s Park Campus – and opening up the space to 100 new artists/creatives.

We also have a few bursaries available for young emerging creatives, providing free studio space for a year, and a subsidy thereafter.

For more information please contact Leena Patel on 07779 327 535

Summer networking event

Date: 29th June 2017 (Thursday evening)
Venue: Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue, London W9 2DB (entrance located on Chippenham Road).
Time: registration until
To register please email:
or  for more information please contact us
020 7266 06365

This will be an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues.

Guest speaker on the evening will be Grace Ge

Grace Ge, a strategist, business and personal coach. In her many years’ career as a strategy consultant for the world’s top consulting firms, she helps clients across industries such as consumer, telecom and media, banking, and private equity, solve their most critical problems and help them outperform their competitors. She is passionate about business problem solving, and helping individuals clarify their vision, uncover their strengths, and build their passion-driven businesses.

Topic of her speech: Why most start-up businesses can’t reach the scaling point in their first 3-5 years and what you should do to avoid that.

We do ask that if you book a place and find you are unable to attend on the evening you let us know as soon as possible.

Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with a local business owner & meet other entrepreneurs.
Please book your free ticket here on eventbrite

Ready Steady Grow with Virgin StartUp

Are you an entrepreneur who wants to take the plunge and start up something amazing?

Virgin StartUp is the not-for-profit Virgin company for entrepreneurs, founded by Sir Richard Branson, providing support for Westminster entrepreneurs looking to start, fund and scale a business. With decades of entrepreneurial experience behind us, it’s time we supported the next generation of British entrepreneurs that want to take the plunge and start something amazing.  So if you want to learn how to turn your business idea into reality, come and learn how to start-up – the Virgin Way.

Gain the knowledge and insight you need to kick-start your business: from initial idea, to action plan all the way to sustainable success.

Virgin StartUp will cover:

–       Top tips for putting together a business plan;

–        How to validate your business idea;

–        Funding options for start-ups.

Who is it for?
Entrepreneurs considering starting a business.

Website link –

Date: 26th June 2017 (Monday)
Venue: Westminster Enterprise Centre, 59 Elgin Avenue, London W9 2DB (entrance located on Chippenham Road).
Time: 9.45 registration until 12.30 pm
If you are a Westminster business or resident please book your free ticket on eventbrite
or  for more information please contact us
020 7266 06365 or email



Centre for Fashion Enterprise

CFE offers a four-level programme to London based businesses, which provide expert guidance in the fields of finance, legal, manufacturing and marketing. All our programmes are fully subsidised and range from a two day workshop to a two year programme offering designers highly sort after studio space. Each level has a different set of eligibility criteria which must be met by the business in order to be considered for each programme.

Market Entry
Market Entry Programme: empowers emerging London-based designer labels with essential knowledge and tools to develop their business infrastructure and growth strategies, enabling them to support their creative abilities. This programme consists of a series of back-to-back workshops taking place across two consecutive days.

30 businesses x 3 times a year

The Production workshops empowers fashion and jewellery businesses with the best tools and practices to successfully navigate their way through the production process – from finding the right manufacturer to meeting that delivery date.

Fashion P1 – 25 businesses x 2 times a year

Fashion P2 – 6 businesses x 2 times a year

Jewellery P1 – 15 businesses x 2 times a year

CFE’s Pioneer Programme nurtures designer labels, identifying and providing solutions for some of the issues that may be stifling growth in the early stages of business. Supporting designers for the length of a season (6 months) and providing regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and expert workshops. A diagnostic review of the business takes place at the start of the season in order to tailor the programme to best suit and benefit the business.

Fashion/Fashtech Pioneer: 6 businesses x 2 times a year 

Jewellery Pioneer: 8-12 businesses x 2 times a year=


Market Entry Programme:

The Market Entry programme has been designed to empower new businesses with industry expertise to unlock growth for their brand. Join us for 2 days of business expertise in areas such as protecting your brand, range planning, costing and pricing, selling and the fundamentals of finance, managing your production, and sales strategies.
The programme will run on 19th and 20th July with a 1-2-1 diagnostic exit session to follow.

Eligibility Criteria:
To qualify for this programme businesses must be registered and based in a London Postcode. Fashion, Jewellery and Accessory businesses need to have been trading for at least 12 months and demonstrate potential for growth. FashTech businesses need to be operating for up to 6 months but not necessarily trading.

Application deadline: 11:59 pm, 23rd June 2017

 The Accelerate 2 year programme fast tracks designer labels, identifying and strategising areas for growth and funding towards developing a new product process or service. The programme supports designers for up to four seasons and provides regular one-on-one mentoring sessions and expert workshops. A diagnostic review of the business takes place every season in order to assess progress and tailor the programme to best suit and benefit the business.

1-3 businesses per year over next 2 and half years

Building Brand Equity
The Building Brand Equity Programme works with designer businesses to strategically develop tactics to scale up their businesses, opening up opportunities to market themselves as attractive investment propositions to the growing number of angel investors and venture funds that are looking to invest in the creative industries and consumer goods sector. The programme provides workshops and mentoring sessions with the CFE team, industry experts and investors.

15 businesses x 1-2 times a year

All seminars, lectures and workshops etc. that CFE offer are incorporated within our programmes and therefore only successful applicants on those programmes are able to participate. Any business wanting to attend a CFE programme is required to apply through the application process.
Market Entry Programme

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                                                                                    

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