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DOING BUSINESS 39 East London East London Chamber of Commerce East London Chamber of Commerce offers business advice, support and information to business owners and those looking to start a business. It has a searchable on-line database of 3300 London members, which is exclusive to members. It also offers free legal advice and networking events so that members can create new business connections. Members can promote their business to fellow members through the searchable on-line directory and the published annual directory of members. There are also a variety of promotional and sponsorship opportunities available, such as, sponsorship of a London Chamber event, in order to reach a wider audience. Tower Hamlets Business Forum The Tower Hamlets Business Forum is a trade association set up and run by the council to provide a mutual relationship with its business community. It was formed in 1995 in response to requests from local businesses for a closer working relationship with the council. The Business Forum is now a key arena where businesses, business organisations and council officers come together to discuss issues of concern and work together to achieve common goals. Tower Hamlets Business Forum Mulberry Place, 5 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BG Tel no: 020 7364 4368 E-mail: paul.sayer@towerhamlets.gov.uk Website: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk East London Chamber of Commerce c/o Docklands Business Club 1 Park Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HJ Tel no: 020 7517 7947 Fax no: 020 7536 0400 E-mail: dbc@londonchamber.co.uk Website: www.londonchamber.co.uk Docklands Business Club Docklands Business Club, which offers support and advice to businesses in the Docklands area, was formed in 1984 by the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC) and a group of local business people. It was formed so that there would be a representative voice for businesses in Docklands. In September 1999 it merged with the London Chamber of Commerce. East London Small Business Ce ntre The East London Small Business Centre offers fully subsidised business support, advice, mentoring and specific services. Services include Start-up business training, Business Planning help, Business Counselling, Access to Finance, Franchise Advice, Start-up space, B2B Networks, and Web presence. . Docklands Business Club 1 Park Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 4HJ Tel no: 020 7517 7947 E-mail: kjohnson.dbc@londonchamber.co.uk. Website: www.docklandsbusiness.org.uk There are several other business agencies and organisations in East London that can help you including: Newham Business Network - offers business start-up information and advice. Tel no: 020 8430 2793. Email: regeneration@newham.gov.uk Gateway to London - an inward investment and business retention agency for the Thames Gateway London area. Tel no: 020 7540 5560. E-mail: info@gtlon.co.uk Cultural Industries Development Agency - a specialist support organisation that champions the development of the creative and cultural sector, in particular in East London. Tel no: Tel: 020 7247 4710. E-mail: Email: info@cida.co.uk. Areas covered under East London include: Redbridge, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Dagenham, Barking and Havering. Next issue: Doing Business in....North London The East London Business Alliance (ELBA) is a business led and business funded regeneration agency that promotes business interests in the redevelopment of East London. East London Small Business Centre Universal House, 88-94 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7SA Tel no: 020 7377 8821 Fax: 020 7375 1415 E-mail: elsbc@goeast.org Website: www.goeast.org East London Business Alliance The East London Business Alliance is a business led and business funded not for profit regeneration agency that encourages and facilitates business involvement in the social and economic regeneration of East London. It also ensures that a business voice representing East London’s priorities is heard by local and central government. The organisation works with member companies from the City and Canary Wharf. Programmes include business volunteering, board membership and mentoring. East London Business Alliance 3rd Floor, City Reach, 5 Greenwich View, London, E14 9NN Tel no: 020 7068 6960 Fax no: 020 7068 6961 E-mail: info@elba-1.org.uk Website: www.elba-1.org.uk SPRING ISSUE 2006 engage