Mark Elliott lives and works in the borough as a Business Coach and co-founder of a Social Enterprise, Start-up School For Seniors.

He has built and raised funds for unicorn global tech company as well as building a number of his own companies in the fields of consumer eco-electronics, art, software security and now as a Business Coach. Mark specialises in:

·        Finding customers and improving customer retention

·        Branding and marketing including social media

·        Business model reinvention

·        Social enterprises or businesses with a purpose

·        Product development and manufacturing

·        Bootstrapping or starting a company with no money

·        Reducing environmental and social harm

Book a 30-minute meeting now with Mark at the Shepherds Bush Library, to get business advice and support by clicking here

Please note this free business support offer is only available to Hammersmith and Fulham businesses and residents. This service is provided by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and delivered by independent business people who have once upon a time been new business owners. They have developed years of experience across a wide range of areas and are keen to share their knowledge and inspire others.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council is committed to supporting local businesses and offers a range of 1-2-1 business advice clinics and workshops. If you need support for your business, please contact:

We are delighted that the 16th annual Trustee Exchange returns to BMA House on the 24th April 2024.

The Trustee Exchange programme is designed to provide excellent coverage of a wide range of topical matters that are relevant to charity trustees, regardless of organisational size. Don’t miss out, book now.

Featuring three themed streams, panel debates and insightful keynotes, we are delighted to give you the opportunity to come together in-person to share best practice, discuss ideas and challenges, and network with fellow delegates.

Grants of up to £2,500 are available for projects which empower disadvantaged young people aged 11 -25 in the UK to fulfil their potential by providing safe social spaces, mentoring, work, and social skills. The funding is being made available through the KFC Foundation and is available to local charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs and associations that have a local KFC restaurant in their community. Expressions of interest must be submitted via a two-minute video and a short expression of interest form. The closing date is the 17th March 2024. Funding For Projects That Assist Disadvantaged Young People (UK)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to local charities and not for profit organisations for projects that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for of those in need in the UK. The funding is being made available through the Screwfix Foundations and the grants are available for all kinds of projects, from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next closing date for applications is the 10th May 2024. Screwfix Foundation (UK)

Westminster Insight’s Volunteer Management Conference is ideally timed to look at the key challenges and opportunities facing volunteer managers in 2024 and to explore what the future looks like for volunteering in the UK.

You will learn how to adapt every aspect of the volunteer journey to challenging times, including; planning, recruitment, induction, support, and development.

Hear directly from a member of the NHS Volunteering Taskforce about their recommendations for optimising volunteer time to improve service delivery, which can be applied to all organisations.

Put your questions to a panel of volunteers about what contributes towards a good volunteer experience and explore how to improve retainment through reward, recognition and routes to paid roles.

Take away advice on how to improve your advertising and recruiting to ensure you are reaching diverse audiences, overcoming any barriers to inclusivity and engaging the new generation of volunteers.

Minimise risk to your organisation by having your legal queries answered in our legal troubleshooting session covering issues such as safeguarding, data protection, health and safety and equality.

We recommend early booking. We look forward to bringing you the programme and speaker line-up shortly. Receive 20% off until Friday 1st March 2024 with discount code EARLY4203.

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NCVO is currently planning their schedule for Small Charity Week, and they’d like to know what support you’d find most valuable. Fill in the survey here.

Ensure you are managing your team fairly and effectively by attending Essential Employment Law for Charity Leadership, taking place on Wednesday 6 March at 10am – 1:15pm.

This online course has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the key employment laws and regulations that charity leaders should comply with in order to manage their employees fairly and effectively.

View the full programme and book your place today.

A £40 discount is available to Governance & Leadership subscribers.

As some charities have experienced difficulties with the new system, the Charity Commission has published additional guidance for charity contacts and charity trustees on how to access and use ‘My Charity Commission’ on behalf of a charity. There is also new and revised guidance: Setting up ‘My Charity Commission Account’.

HM Revenue and Customs has updated its guidance for charities to confirm that donations of cryptoassets are not eligible for Gift Aid. This is because HMRC does not consider cryptoassets to be currency and Gift Aid applies only to gifts taking the form of a sum of money. The guidance advises that where a donor holding cryptoassets wishes to benefit from Gift Aid they must convert those cryptoassets into money and make a cash donation under the Gift Aid scheme.  

Bridging the gaps between Children and Adult Services is essential to safeguard young people into adulthood. Learn how to overcome the cliff edge that leaves children unprotected when they enter legal adulthood.

This Safeguarding Young People into Adulthood training course will give you the tools to implement fluid approaches, that improve collaboration between services and safeguard young people against exploitation and harm. We will look at best practice for providing personalised support that embeds the voice of the young person throughout. How can we ensure we’re delivering the right support for different needs? 

The course will be led by Steve Baguley, Education and Transition Lead, NWG, specialist in transition planning, with a professional background in education and practical experience as a Service Manager within Children’s Services. 

You will review a case from the latest Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs). We will analyse how services could have worked better and what a transitional safeguarding framework looks like in practice.  

Raise your challenges and gain expert feedback from the trainer in a confidential and supportive environment. 

Book now