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Supporting Young Entrepreneurs 

The idea of starting a business can be daunting, especially if you're just starting out. Luckily, at the London Youth Support Trust, we have 13 years of experience of supporting young entrepreneurs and helping them to get their businesses up and running.

We understand the obstacles that stand in every entrepreneur's path and aim to help you overcome them. Our advisors and partners will provide all the information you need to get started. We can help you with:

  • Writing a business plan.
  • Applying for funding.
  • Structuring your new organisation.
  • Finding business premises.
  • Planning a marketing strategy.
  • Making your business sustainable.
  • Future expansion.
  • Creative skills training through our LBE Project.

Our extensive range of businesses and partners can also help you make vital connections which can help to get your new enterprise off the ground. If you have a business idea, get in touch.

Who to Contact

If you are based in or near North London, contact our North London Area Manager Cliff Dobbs at cliff@lyst.biz. Cliff also heads the Start-Up loan programme. Before working at LYST, Cliff worked as an outreach manager at the Princes trust providing support to young start-ups.

And if you're within or closer to South London, contact our South London Area Manager Adenike Malcom at adenike@lyst.biz. Adenike managed the LYST centre in Deptford for over 8 years. She specialises in providing business support to young entrepreneurs for duration of their time on the LYST programme.

General information about starting a business

If you simply want to learn more about the basics of starting a business, check out our online resource for budding entrepreneurs, From Dreaming to Doing. Drawing on the expertise of LYST’s volunteer mentors and staff, From Dreaming to Doing outlines the key things you should know, and the questions you should ask yourself before starting a business.