10 Freebies for London based Entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur has it’s perks. Here are some freebies that will help you on your way!
1) The British Library- Business and IP centre

All entrepreneurs can have access to over £5m worth of online market reports and 144m UK & global company data

 

18 high-growth businesses are selected each three months to get £10,000 worth of specialist support and tailored one-to-one advice. You can apply if your turnover is over £100k and you are based in London. 

https://www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre/innovating-for-growth

 

2) Free business support and advice over the phone

 

Speak to someone who isn’t trying to sell anything about your business and get free impartial advice you can contact the government’s Business Support Helpline.

 

Telephone: 0300 456 3565 

enquiries@businesssupporthelpline.org

 

3) Free Social Media Boosts

 

Try out social platforms and see how they work with your business

Get £100 credit with Bing when spending £20 advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/‎

Get a free £75 to spend on Google Ads to try it out, advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/

And obviously you can always set up accounts for free‎ to connect with customers

 

4) Send out ad campaigns that are GDPR compliant for free

 

Use Mailchimp and get your email campaigns automated and GDPR compliant.

No need for BCCing lists and it looks so professional. 

 

5) Free stock pictures

 

Find your ideal stock pictures without having to pay at the following addresses:

http://startupstockphotos.com/

http://www.pexels.com/

http://allthefreestock.com/ - also includes videos, sound effects and icons

https://unsplash.com/

http://www.splashbase.co/

http://startupstockphotos.com/

http://pixabay.com/en/

http://stokpic.com/

 

6) Free E-Mentor for 18-30 year olds

 

If you are 18-30 and need some free support, get it from the Princes trust. Get an e-mentor or come in for a 4 day interactive workshop and meet other entrepreneurs. Check it out https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business

 

7) Apply for free to win a prestigious award from the Royal Family. 

 

If you have 2 full time UK employees or more with strong CSR you can win this prestigious award can give your small business a boost. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are recognised globally as a mark of quality for UK business and entrepreneurs. Almost any UK business can apply for free. The next round of applications opens in May 2019.

 

https://www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise

 

8) Get free tax relief and incentives 

 

Reduce National Insurance payments, claim for a annual investment allowance

http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/tax-relief-and-incentives-for-businesses-and-investors/

 

9) Get 30 hours free childcare

 

If you have a 3-4 year old, get 30 hours free childcare per week. 

https://www.gov.uk/apply-30-hours-free-tax-free-childcare

 

10) Free Funding

 

If you’re a UK-based business you may be eligible for funding to develop an innovative idea - search the Innovation Funding Service. Schemes including working with Israel, working on medical innovation and automation  https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search?_ga=2.192721642.1598804821.1544016159-1659281550.1544016158

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