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Spring 2017 edition of BusinessDirect

Posted April 21, 2017
Support local schools by showing their art in your offices
Art on Loan - private view and drinks reception - 14 June
Choose from a large selection of carefully chosen artworks by children and young people in the local area, display them in your offices and other business spaces and we will promote your support in our catalogues, which are sent to participating schools and parents, and on our social media channels.

Join us for the private view, drinks and canapés reception at The Tabernacle on the evening of 14 June 2017. Registration is essential.
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Protect your business
Business continuity planning
Three major burst water mains in London in December, with a large impact on businesses, bring home the value in being prepared for disruption. Planning for the worst, and even just the inconvenient, helps businesses to get back on their feet again.
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Do you buy alcohol to sell to others?
Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme
From 1 April 2017 it became an offence to buy alcohol for onward sale or supply from an unapproved UK wholesaler.

The Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) was introduced to help HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) tackle alcohol fraud.

Any business buying alcohol from a UK wholesaler for onward sale or supply to their customers will need to check that their wholesaler has been approved by HMRC under AWRS.
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Universal Credit is coming
Is your business ready?
Employees in receipt of Universal Credit will want to improve their circumstances, so employers may see staff asking for more hours, or for help with building their skills. Employers can play a role in this – helping your business become more productive.
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Looking to improve employee well-being and business outcomes?
Healthy Workplace Charter
Speaking for Cheval Residences, Mari Warby, the serviced apartment company’s Engagement and Talent Manager, responded quick as a flash “Absolutely, yes!” when asked whether she would recommend the Healthy Workplace Charter to other employers.
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Childcare Business Grants Scheme
Re-opens for New Childminders and agencies
The Childcare Business Grants Scheme has been introduced to boost the provision of childcare in England and to incentivise entrepreneurship. It encourages and supports the starting up of new childcare businesses by providing a flat rate start-up grant.

The scheme is now open to newly registered early years childminders, childcare providers on domestic premises and Childminder Agencies in England.
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Are you a Disability Confident employer?
Guidance and resources about employing disabled people
Recruiting disabled people allows Disability Confident companies to access a wider talent pool and benefit from their skills. See how your business can benefit too.
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New Youthquake
New Youthquake raises the borough’s profile as a great place for young people to start creative businesses, highlighting Portobello and Golborne Road Market as a great place to test new products and ideas, with a diverse global audience.

Young emerging artists, entrepreneurs and creative individuals are being invited to help launch New Youthquake, a project that takes its name from the youth-led music and fashion of the 1960s, and help put the market and market area at the centre of a contemporary youth culture revival.
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Social Media Marketing for beginners
Business Information Point - 8 May
International social media speaker, author and trainer, Warren Knight, shares how every business can grow their business through social media. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from an award-winning entrepreneur and will take place on Monday 8 May, at Kensington Library.
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Start-up, Stay up and Grow Up
New affordable co-working hubs
Workery Chelsea
Workery Chelsea
The social enterprise behind Wimbledon-based Wimbletech CIC has opened three new co-working sites - The Workary - Chelsea, Notting Hill and Brompton. 

Partnering with the Council’s Library Service, The Workary is a WORKspace in a public librARY, with workspace available from only £95 per moth.
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Learn how branding and advertising enhance business success
Professional development with the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising displays give fascinating insights into the evolution of branding from Victorian times to the present day.  Building on this, the Museum has put together a professional development programme that will enable anyone who attends to know more about how branding and advertising contribute to making a business successful.
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Free Legal Advice Service for London Businesses
BPP Legal Advice Clinic for Enterprise
BPP has launched a new, free advice service for business, charities and social enterprises in Greater London. Their ‘Pro Bono Centre’ currently provides a wide range of award-winning free legal services under the guidance of qualified lawyers, and its Legal Advice Clinic has been running for over ten years. It has traditionally offered advice on housing, employment and family law matters, but has now expanded its portfolio to include a new Enterprise Clinic for businesses.
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A delicious solution to food waste
Plan Zheroes – the Zero Food Waste Heroes
Plan Zheroes is a registered charity that helps businesses redistribute their surplus food to charities and community groups. Using Plan Zheroes free online platform, businesses can post donations of their surplus food 24/7, saving on waste removal costs and helping people and the planet.
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Local businesses making a big difference
Latest news from the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation
New Tesco Express store on Old Brompton Road
New Tesco Express store on Old Brompton Road
The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation was set up in 2008 to help improve the lives of local people. Since then they have raised more than £4 million for over 150 local charities and for their own campaigns to help improve the lives of local people. 

They raise money and in-kind support from local businesses, schools and people for a network of excellent charities and partners that have the skills and expertise to tackle the inequalities and hardships faced by some people in our community.
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