Business Support

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Croydon Council is committed to making it easier for businesses to get the right support, at the right time.

We want to support and encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s), Social Enterprises and the Third Sector to capitalise on the economic opportunities and strong entrepreneurial spirit in Croydon.

Tips on ‘WinningTenders’ and ‘Understanding Social Value’ can be found here

The below page signposts to the business support related information and resources available to organisations operating locally.

Croydon Council Business Support

Croydon Council and its partners provide a diverse range of business support programmes. These are aimed at building capacity in the local market and enable suppliers to access contract opportunities in Croydon and elsewhere.

The Council business support information is located here: Business support and advice services & information, providing information on the following:

  • Starting or growing your business
  • Financing your business
  • Managing your business
  • Growing and supporting your team
  • Accessing new business and markets
  • Networking
  • Economic intelligence
  • Economic Development and Skills and Employment Plans

For more information on premises and property business support service to help businesses establish, relocate or expand in Croydon visit Croydon Urban Edge, and get in touch with the Inward Investment team.

Tools to support your business

We expect all employees to speak without fear of consequence. Feel free to adapt our Whistle Blowing policy for your business.

Other Sources of Business Support

Croydon Chamber of Commerce

Croydon Chamber of Commerce is a key local business support and networking organisation. The Chamber is a local branch of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) which gives access to a network of thousands of businesses across the capital. Membership offers a diverse schedule of networking events and support services to help businesses grow and develop.

Croydon Chamber of Commerce Website

Legacy – sustainable events agency

Legacy is a sustainable events agency. We provide event management services, whilst considering their environmental impact, carbon footprint, and potential for positive social change. We also run the Legacy Marketplace, an online marketplace to help anyone organise an event using environmentally friendly suppliers.

Events have the power to provoke original thinking, shape communities and change lives. Yet they can take a heavy toll, generating waste and putting a strain on local resources such as water or energy. Legacy represents the next generation of events and experiences. We are on a mission to revolutionise the way events are planned and run, demonstrating that sustainable events can be beautiful, engaging and inspiring.

To find out more about how we can help you organise beautiful and sustainable events, please contact us at, or visit us at:


Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and small business owners.

London FSB Website

Shaking Hands

Shaking Hands Interactive Partnership is an award-winning platform bringing business relationship-building into the 21st century. Hosting professional events for directors and decision-makers, Shaking Hands aims to connect 10,000 businesses to opportunities by 2020.

Shaking Hands Website

Croydon BID

Working in partnership with the town centre business community, Croydon Council, Croydon Metropolitan Police and other key agencies, Croydon BID efforts focus on improving Croydon’s:

  • Cleanliness and appearance
  • Safety and security
  • Accessibility and wayfinding
  • Perception & Image
Croydon BID

Constructing Excellence

Constructing Excellence is a national club and an organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction. They exist to improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment and are a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member-led organisation operating for the good of industry and its stakeholders.

Croydon Constructing Excellence Website

Croydon Business Venture

Croydon Business Venture offers business premises, business support and / or mentoring.


Coast to Capital

Coast to Capital is an organisation set up to create economic growth in an innovative, enterprising and international business environment. Coast to Capital is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Brighton and Hove, Croydon, Gatwick Diamond, East Surrey, Lewes, West Sussex areas.

The Coast to Capital Growth Hub provides Coast to Capital based business with free information to help achieve their growth goals, including an online directory of business support organisations; a calendar of business events in the Coast to Capital area; resources and videos.


My OutSpace Business Centre

My Outspace provides Family-Friendly co-working space alongside high quality business support tailored to the needs of Female Entrepreneurs.


Sussex Innovation Centre

Sussex Innovation Centre office space is designed to be flexible. The center offers a wide range of different spaces designed to cater for companies of all sizes and shapes.

“When money’s tight, we’ll help to make a smaller office go further – and if business is booming, we’ll find you the space to accommodate your growing team. And if you need specialist facilities like laboratory equipment or machinery, just ask – we’re more than happy to help.”


Enterprise for London

Enterprise for London exists to create the most suitable environment for individuals to unlock their potential and contribute to economic development of Greater London. It is an enterprise organisation, supporting London businesses to start and grow through the provision of independent, tailored advice and training.

“We are passionate about helping people on their business journey, whether they are just starting or have been established for many years. We offer bespoke services to suit the needs of our clients and have business advisers located across London who run both drop in clinics and one to one appointments. In Croydon, you can find us on floor 6 of the 50p building, so drop in and say hello”

Tel: 020 7101 0696