Run by Lambeth Council in partnership with GLE One London, the project gives budding entrepreneurs a step up the ladder of success by offering them the opportunity to apply for up to £500 of funding to help launch their business.
Emmanuel wanted to develop a music school and needed funds to buy equipment and to launch the Temple Music Guild. He now works with educational organisations, charities and private institutions teaching a range of musical instruments, and he employs four part-time music tutors to deliver courses.
He says the grant was a major factor in turning his life around, commenting: “The money was instrumental to launching my business. Success is about making the most of what you have rather than complaining about what you don’t have. Although it was only a small amount of money it gave me the opportunity to succeed. When people believe in you and are willing to back you it is also a major source of encouragement that all young entrepreneurs need.”
Councillor Sally Prentice, cabinet member for regeneration, employment and enterprise says: “Lambeth has always been home to some creative and enterprising people and this project can-as in Emmanuel’s case-make a real difference. I’m delighted that we are again able to offer a helping hand to some of the borough’s budding businesses.”
There are no age restrictions for this scheme and applications will be judged on the quality of their business proposals. Entrants must either live in Lambeth, or have plans to start a business in the borough, and applications are also accepted from businesses that have been running for less than six months.
For more information about the Lambeth business start-up grant or to make an application, contact GLE One London, on 8678 5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms can be downloaded from our business startup projects page.
Forms must be returned by November 1 to The Lambeth business start-up grant, GLE One London, Unit 4 Hermes House, Arodene Rd, SW2 2JG.