We help young people start businesses.
The London Youth Support Trust is a charity that gives young people the space and support they need to get started in business.
We understand the challenges of starting a business, especially in London where rent rates are rocketing and there is so much competition. That’s why we’ve developed a three year package of space and support custom-made for London start-ups.
We take an empty space in London and fill it with budding entrepreneurs. Many of our entrepreneurs have had disadvantaged backgrounds and are from deprived areas of London. All of them share the same ambition to nurture and develop their business idea.
We have five enterprise centres across London which house young businesses of all industries, as well as our brand new Shared Workspace in Tottenham. The Shared Workspace, opened in August this year, provides people with a professional space to work in and an office away from home. You can pay by the hour or by the day, and have access to computers, desks and meeting space. more
When you're an entrepreneur just starting your business, you invest everything into it, your time, your money, your energy – it’s a huge risk, and not one you should take alone. We have professional mentors who meet with our entrepreneurs monthly so that they can develop a one-to-one relationship.
Our mentors, all of which have had experience in starting their own business, offer advice on a range of topics, including marketing, finance, business planning, budgeting and time scales.
Each one of our centres offer supportive environments where you can network with like-minded entrepreneurs, meet new people and gain new ideas and business opportunities.
LYST opened its first enterprise centre in Deptford in 2001. Since then, we have expanded across London, running five enterprise centres in Deptford, Southwark, Hackney and Tottenham. We have a team of staff who specialise in business start-ups who are well-connected with the entrepreneurship world.
We also run our Step Into Enterprise programme, which targets 16 – 25 year olds living in deprived areas of London. Step Into Enterprise runs three projects, all of which encourage young people to start thinking about enterprise.
Our biggest and newest centre, 639 Enterprise Centre, also offers a range of opportunities in skills and training, volunteering, work experience and apprenticeships, as well as providing office space for start-ups.
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