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DOING BUSINESS 61 North London Here is your guide to the main organisations offering business advice, support and training for new or existing small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in north London: North London Business Gateway The North London Business Gateway (NLBG) offers free advice to entrepreneurs in North London – those in the start–up stages of a business, as well as to SMEs and social enterprises in Enfield, Haringey, and Waltham Forest. It provides a single access point for functional, specialist and bespoke support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services offered range from mentoring, ICT and e–business, Access to Loan funds, and business planning. North London Chamber of Commerce North London Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation run by business for business. The Chamber represents the interests of all business and commercial organisations in North London. It was formed in 1994 by the coming together of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Chambers. North London Business Gateway North London Chamber of Commerce Barnet Business Advice Centre 23–35 Hendon Lane Finchley, London, N3 1RT Tel: 020 8443 4464 Email: chamber@nlcc.co.uk, Web: www.nlcc.co.uk Web: www.nlbusinessgateway.co.uk Enfield Enterprise Enfield Enterprise, formerly known as Enfield Enterprise Agency, offers practical information, expert advice, guidance, mentoring and training to help people start new enterprises as well as develop and expand established businesses. There are 12 regularly assessed Business Advisers who offer specialist support in several areas including raising finance, business planning, accounts, premises and e–business. Many services are free or heavily subsidised through Government and European contracts secured by the organisation. North–West London Chamber of Commerce The role of the North West London Chamber is to help businesses in the area succeed. Member benefits include networking, training, members’ discounts on many services including healthcare insurance, breakdown and roadside recovery, and marketing services. Enterprise Enfield North West London Chamber of Commerce Enterprise House 297 Pinner Road Harrow, HA1 4HS Tel: 020 8427 2884 Email: info@nwlchamber.org.uk Web: www.nwlchamber.org.uk Enfield Business Centre 201 Hertford Road Enfield Middlesex, EN3 5JH Tel: 020 8443 5457 Email: info@enterpriseenfield.org Web: www.enterpriseenfield.org North London Enterprise Club The North London Enterprise Club helps entrepreneurs to set up new businesses in north London. Members can benefit from networking opportunities with other members at monthly meetings, promoting their business in the members’ directory, business advice from free magazines and newsletters, and financial assistance from the North London Credit Union, among other benefits. Haringey Business Development Agency Haringey Business Development Agency specialises in developing and delivering business support services to small and medium–sized black and minority ethnic owned businesses, as well as women, refugees, and people with disabilities. It was set up in 1994. HBDA 2nd Floor 312 High Road Tottenham, N15 4BN Tel: 020 8376 6262 Email: info@hbda.org.uk Web: www.hbda.org.uk North London Enterprise Club 3 George Mews Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6JL Tel: 020 8366 8244 Email: admin@nlec.co.uk, Web: www.nlec.co.uk ISSUE TWO 2006 engage