Get support from the London Growth Hub
The London Growth Hub’s Advisers are here to support London based businesses that have already started trading and would value some objective, impartial advice. Our advisers have over three decades of experience supporting London businesses like yours. From finance to marketing, sales, management and leadership to digitisation, we will be there to help you make your business more sustainable, productive and ultimately more profitable. Our advisers are currently based at five London Growth Hub locations.
You may book an initial discussion which may last for up to three hours in order to determine the issues you face, the potential for your business and to work up an action plan accordingly. Our advisers will guide you through your plan and may introduce you to other organisations providing specialist support along the way. A number of workshops will also be made available across London in order to complement the advice service.
If your business has not yet been registered or it has but you have yet to find your first customers, find other resources, events and support to kick start your business.
The London Growth Hub Adviser service is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Mayor of London.
Meet our advisers
Simon Paul is our adviser in residence at our Vauxhall Hub.
Simon’s professional experience ranges from the civil service through to sales management. Simon eventually found a path running businesses for himself and others which further led to him advising other business owners. For the past 30 years, Simon has been advising businesses from pre-start through to multi-nationals though mostly SMEs. His extensive knowledge across business functions and sectors comes through practical experience, academic study and continuous professional development. His ethos is that businesses should do more than just make money. They should connect and engage with their customers and suppliers in order to multiply the wealth that they create for themselves whilst creating sustainable jobs for the communities they serve.
Vivienne is our adviser in residence at the Croydon Hub.
Vivienne has experience working within the Finance sector and supporting SME’s over many years She has extensive experience of working with a wide variety of SME businesses, helping them to identify challenges and helping them to achieve their business goals. She has managed and delivered numerous projects, both National and Borough wide. The projects included intensive mentoring, marketing, financial planning and business strategy, working with start-ups to support them in the preparation of applying for funding. Vivienne also has extensive experience in the delivery of business workshops. She has also supported SME’s who were seeking to scale –up and has provided support in the finding of new international partners and has supported a wide spectrum of businesses of all sizes. Vivienne works in a collaborative manner and is very passionate about helping entrepreneurs and businesses to succeed.
Raj Tandon is our adviser in residence at our Hammersmith Hub.
Raj is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor and business adviser who started his career in advertising before going on to setup and run several businesses in the property, fashion, marketing and Fast-moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sectors. He has extensive experience of working with a wide variety of SME businesses helping them identify challenges and achieve their business goals. Raj also has a wealth of knowledge of working with start-ups to help develop their business proposition and get ready for funding. Raj’s strengths are in business strategy and development, sales and marketing. He has a very collaborative approach to working and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and businesses succeed. When not working Raj can be found blowing a whistle on the rugby field or trying to improve his golf.
Kenny Finni is our adviser in residence at our Woolwich Hub.
As well as having run his own business, Kenny has worked for the Department for International Trade (DIT) and more recently has been advising start-ups through the New Entrepreneurs Allowance programme. He has extensive experience and knowledge of supporting a wide range of businesses needing advice on any issues affecting their progress or growth.
Kenny’s strengths lie in business planning and accessing finance, and business development. Through careful analysis of how your business currently operates, Kenny will aim to support you in how best to maximise current resources to plan and develop your business.
Patricia Ashford is our adviser in residence at our Tottenham Hub.
Patricia possesses extensive business experience across sectors and functional perspectives developed with SMEs at all stages of development as well as social enterprises; and local authorities encompassing work on regeneration projects. Running her own business she delivered business mentoring, advisory and consultancy services; wrote business plans; conducted in-depth business diagnostics to assist assess businesses’ viability, sustainability and growth potential with a view to accessing finance. From time to time Patricia also devised, implemented and/or collaborated on marketing projects; and previously worked as a Business Counsellor/Outer Boroughs’ Manager; and SME Finance Mentor within enterprise agencies’ environments.