Business support

If you are interested in starting or expanding your business in Croydon, there are a number of places you can turn to for expert advice and support.

Croydon Works

Croydon Works was set-up to assist businesses in and around the Croydon area that are looking to find skilled and experienced candidates. It is a free-to-use professional recruitment service. For more information on how Croydon Works can help resource your business with high quality staff please visit www.croydonworks.co.uk

Running a business in Croydon

Information and support from Croydon Council

Business rate payments, collection and deferral www.croydon.gov.uk/business/businessrates/business-rates/pay

Business rate reductions (relief) www.croydon.gov.uk/business/businessrates/reductions/relief

Discretionary rate relief www.croydon.gov.uk/community/advice/tsfunding/discratrelief

Croydon Town Centre BID

Croydon Town Centre BID is one of the largest Business Improvement Districts in the country, covering virtually the entire Town Centre and representing approximately 580 local businesses, including well-known brands and organisations in the retail, office, leisure, hospitality and public sectors, at both a strategic and operational and level. www.croydonbid.com

Purley BID

The aim of Purley BID is to represent businesses’ interests and lobby on their behalf. It also keeps businesses informed of progress and activities through regular newsletters, e-communications, workshops and events. www.purleybid.co.uk

London & Partners Business Growth Programme

London & Partners Business Growth Programme – Croydon is one of the first four London boroughs to become part of a new programme launched to help small businesses in the capital grow. The programme offers impartial and tailored business advice to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m that are looking to grow across London and the outer boroughs.
http://business.london/business-growth-programme/boroughs/croydon

Croydon Tech City

Croydon Tech City is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for growing, managing and sustaining Croydon’s tech cluster and community. The team offers start-ups and scale ups a wide range of business support including mentorship, workshops, networking opportunities and funding advice. http://croydontechcity.com/

Start Up Croydon

Start Up Croydon – is the accredited Enterprise Centre for Croydon. Established since 1983, it has helped more than 8,000 businesses to take their first steps into the world of enterprise, providing start-ups and SMEs with training and mentoring services and advice on finding flexible office space. http://startupcroydon.co.uk/

Coast to Capital

Coast to Capital is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Brighton and Hove, Croydon, Gatwick Diamond, East Surrey, Lewes, West Sussex areas, led by the business community and supported by the region’s local authorities, businesses and academic institutions. It is one of 39 partnerships established across the UK by the Government to determine regional economic priorities, while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and job creation. http://www.coast2capital.org.uk/business-support.html

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. http://www.croydonchamber.org.uk