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Pathways to Self-Employment

Want to run your own business? Get free expert advice and training to convert your business idea into reality

Are you thinking of becoming self-employed?

Do you need advice on starting up a business?

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If you live in the boroughs of Southwark, Camden, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets or Westminster, why not start your journey to self-employment by attending our free business introductory workshop.

Workshop outline

  • Would self-employment suit you?
  • 10 critical competences of starting a business
  • Legal business structures
  • Finding and testing your target market
  • How to research your cost of sales and start-up costs
  • What makes a viable business idea?
  • Referral to start-up support and finance.

Workshops include an induction and tour of the City Business Library to help you research your market and business idea using the libraries extensive resources.


If you have a viable business idea and are looking to start trading within the next three months, then you can apply for a place on the Pathway Mentoring Project, for mentoring advice sessions to help you set up, manage and run your own successful business.


If you have a viable business idea, you may be able to access loans to start your business and benefit from the support of a finance mentor.

This project is managed by GLE oneLondon and funded by the City of London Corporation as part of its commitment to bridging the gap between the City and its neighbours and increasing prosperity across the City fringes.

Pathway to Self-Employment workshop

Contact us about self-employment support for Southwark, Camden, City of London, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets and Westminster residents

Email or telephone 0800 032 0946 / 020 7940 1570.

Forthcoming Pathway to Self-Employment workshop dates

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