Support and advice for businesses

Information on local organisations that can offer support or advice for your business.

News and updates from the council 

Business Forum newsletter

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Providing goods and services to the film industry

If you are a local business interested in providing goods and services to the film industry as it develops in the borough, sign up to receive news and updates on future opportunities as these emerge, and visit the filmlbbd website for more information about the film sector developing in the borough.

Local organisations

There is a wealth of local organisations that can help you establish and develop your business in the borough.

Barking Enterprise Centre

Barking Enterprise Centre provides a vibrant business hub for organisations in and around the borough. It supports businesses of all sizes, linking people, ideas and opportunities to stimulate business growth. It also provides office and meeting space from its convenient Town Centre location.

Barking & Dagenham Chamber of Commerce

Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce aims to promote trading and to enhance the economic success of local business. It offers a broad range of practical benefits to its members, including opportunities to promote and market products to a high-quality business audience.

Barking and Dagenham Community Volunteer Service (CVS)

Barking and Dagenham CVS is the umbrella organisation for local voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and individuals who wish to engage in community activity. They provide training and one-to-one development support. Office space may also be available to rent.

Barking and Dagenham College

Barking and Dagenham College has a business engagement team working with over 300 businesses, including many household names, to deliver workforce development training and apprenticeships.

The college also runs:

  • The Pod, a creative zone for student entrepreneurs and local small businesses to help get ideas off the ground
  • Entrepreneurs’ Academy, which delivers projects for business clients by using the talents of their students

London Small Business Centre

The London Small Business Centre is one of the leading enterprise agencies in the capital providing funding, training and mentoring to aspiring and thriving entrepreneurs.

East London Business Place

East London Business Place is a support and supply-chain brokerage organisation which develops the business-competitiveness of small, medium and micro enterprises across London and the Thames Gateway, enabling them to bid successfully for new contracts and works opportunities.

Gov.uk

Gov.UK, the government’s website, contains a wealth of information, advice and contacts for businesses and self-employed people.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus has a range of recruitment services to help you as an employer, including:

Job Shops

Our Job Shops helps businesses find the right staff quickly and efficiently. They can support you with every step of your recruitment process.

E Business Support

The council in partnership with Newham College has launched a new programme that will support 550 SMEs in the borough to capitalise on emerging digital and e-commerce technologies to drive their long-term growth over the next 2 years.

Called the Local London E-business Support Programme, it provides a menu of support and training to develop skills and knowledge of digital technology and applications across all sectors including: e-commerce; digital business tools, online marketing and trading, social media, establishing a strong online presence, e-tendering and crowdfunding, and cyber security and data protection.

Who is it for

SMEs (with under 250 employees) trading for over 6 months located in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham.

What you can get

A dedicated business advisor and digital specialists, together with workshops and training, to help with the digital transformation of your business to:

  • free digital upskilling for your staff
  • free business support activities, including access to specialist workshops, one-to-one support, mentoring
  • increased sales and productivity for these businesses.
  • increase productivity and efficiency and save time
  • enhance your digital and online presence
  • maximise your use of social media
  • increase sales to grow your business
  • manage increased digital risk through improved security and back-up systems
  • improve your customer service and systems
  • improve internal and external communication
  • upskill your workforce

How to apply