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A fully funded programme of support to help your South London based business or third sector organisation grow & develop.

Why take part?

Innovation can take many different forms, it doesn’t have to be big or revolutionary, it can be small changes such as evolving your internal processes or workflows, rethinking your business model, or tweaking your product range. Whatever the size of your start-up, SME or third-sector organisation – innovation is relevant to you.

The Innovation Support Programme is a fully funded (free to you) programme offering support to explore investment and funding options, enhance your brand, level up your pitching and presentation skills and develop those all-important negotiation techniques.

The programme is delivered by expert mentors and you can choose which workshops are most relevant to you. They are typically run as 2-hour workshops and online, allowing you to focus on what’s important – running your business.

With dates for the programme continuing through September and into October, the workshops will help you adopt and embed an innovative approach.

Who can take part?

This support programme is relevant for all, from start-ups and established businesses to social enterprises and charities.

It is exclusive to those based in the South London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton.


We know small business owners are busy people, so participants can choose which workshops are most relevant to them.
The workshops are all 2-hours and delivered online. Here are the topics they’ll cover: 

Diagnostic Session
Date & Time: Ongoing
Each business gets a 1-hour diagnostic session with a member of the team from LSBU, Kingston University, or St Mary’s.

Finance, Funding, and Investment Readiness
Date & Time: 19 September 2023 (17:00 – 19:00)
Facilitator: Letitia Seglah, Founder 

Strategies for Scaling Growth
Date & Time: 21 September 2023 (17:00 – 19:00)
Facilitator: John Kouraklis, St Mary’s University

Branding: Business & Personal Sales, Marketing & PR
Date & Time: 26 September 2023 (17:00 – 19:00)
Facilitator: Doug Faulkner

Pitching and Presentation Skills 
Date & Time: 28 September 2023 (17:00 – 19:00)
Facilitator: Doug Faulkner

Social Media for Small Businesses
Date & Time: 3 October 2023 (17:00 – 19:00)
Facilitator: Joseph Bradfield

Innovation Culture & Process – Have Great Ideas & See Them Through
Date & Time: 5 October 2023 (17:00 – 19:00)
Facilitator: Doug Faulkner

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