Making a living from your ideas and skills

Find out more about working freelance, starting a small business or developing entrepreneurial skills.

Enterprise competitions

Santander 60 Second Pitch

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards

Do you have what it takes? 

GET Test – Take the test and assess your enterprising potential

Getting started

WBC – University of Westminster Junior Enterprise

West Focus – Helps Westminster students and graduates to be more enterprising

NACUE – National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs

Shell Live Wire – Shell Live Wire is the biggest online community for entrepreneurs aged 16-30 years

School for Start Ups – Teaching people how to start and run a business

Business & IP Centre – British Library Business & IP Centre

Startups – Offers information and a forum area for discussion

Further business information

City Business Library Offers – free access to business data bases and publication

Dreamstake – Helping to build winning start-ups

Government Information – about starting a business

James Caan – Business entrepreneur

My Business – Resources for small businesses

Prospects – Web site offers student and graduate business start-ups information

Princes Trust – Enterprise Programme

SEU – Offers advice and support for social enterprises

YBI – Princes Youth Business International



Which Franchise


Creative Choices – Offers freelance advice to creatives

Freelance Advisor – Advice, news, help and resources blog for UK freelancers

PCG – The Freelancers Association

Social enterprise

Social Enterprise UK



Digital Shoreditch – Technical and creative talent

Microsoft DreamSpark – Windows phone app development

Trendsspotting – Trends and innovations in mobile accessories

TechHub – Helping start-ups get better and faster

Creative sector

CIDA – Cultural Industries Development Agency

Craft Central – Business support

The Design Trust – Helps professional designers and crafts people

Protecting your ideas

Anti Copying In Design

Intellectual Property Office – Help you with the right type of protection for your idea or invention

Own-it – intellectual property advice for the creative sector


Crowd funding involves individuals investing or donating money to new businesses or social enterprises.

Sponsume - Crowd funding site that has been successfully used by Westminster students in the past

Kickstarter – Funds creative projects

Indiegogo – Donation based funding for the creative and charity sector

Nesta – Invests in technology, social enterprise and the creative sector

Crowdfunder – Useful for IT and social enterprises

Appbackr – Funds the IT sector in particular app development

Quirky – Suitable for inventors

RocketHub – Covers all areas – Covers all areas

Funding Circle – Peer-to-peer lending supported by the UK government

Brightside Start-Up Loans – Offers loans and mentoring

Small business Pro – Small business finance

ABCUL – Credit Unions provide affordable loans

Angel Investing – Investors use their own disposable finance

Assetz Capital – Peer-to-peer lending

Grant Finder – Includes details of 7000 funding opportunities

Lottery Fund – Offers finance for a variety of projects

HM Revenue & Customs – Explains tax regulations


Make It Happen

Start Up Loans – A government-funded scheme providing mentoring and loans

Business diversity 


Disability Means Business – Self-employment advice on grants, loans, test trading, access to work and business plans for disabled business people

Ethnic minorities

ACBN – African Caribbean Business Network

National Asian Business Association

Gay and lesbian

Start Out – Building and Supporting Gay and Lesbian Entrepreneurship

International students and graduates

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme

The University of Westminster is pleased to be endorsing five international students through the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Scheme. This route is open to non-EEA graduates who have an outstanding business idea which they seek to develop in the UK. Successful applicants will initially be granted leave to remain in the UK for 12 months which may be extended for a further 12 months if satisfactory progress has been made.

We will accept individual and group proposals with a maximum of two members from each group granted an endorsement for a visa. This is a very competitive process so please make sure only genuine quality ideas are submitted. In addition we expect a high standard of written and spoken English.

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Sirius Programme


The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise



The Women's Economy

Networking for start-ups

Entrepreneur Networking Events



How to find business networking groups

London Networking Events

Start-up Meetups near London

Working from home

Home – All you need to know about starting a business from home

Flexible office space

Club Work Space

Collective Camden Town Unlimited

E Office

HUB Spaces


The Cube

The Hospital Club

The HUB Westminster

The Office Group

Regus UK


Further study/training 

Enternships - Connects recent graduates with exciting companies

EYE – Erasmus+ for Young Entrepreneurs is an exchange programme across Europe

NEF – New Entrepreneurs Foundation offers a 12 month training programme

Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

Prospects – Postgraduate entrepreneurship courses

School for Creative Startups – One-year part-time course