Firm Futures The relationship with the mentor was the key thing for me - he gave me confidence and practical support which helped me believe in myself and take my business forward. Firm Futures is an initiative that helps people in Islington and the surrounding area, who are not in permanent, full time employment, set up their own businesses. Through a series of monthly workshops, Firm Futures builds the confidence and skills needed to set up a business and provides a free package of support including a grant, mentoring and subsidised workspace. Firm Futures is delivered through a unique partnership between three Islington organisations that are working together to support local people in becoming self-employed: law firm Slaughter and May, St Luke’s Community Centre and enterprise experts B Consultancy. The project was first launched in 2013 and has seen single parents, young entrepreneurs and those not able to find full time employment secure a place. Of the 27 businesses that received support, 67% are still trading or are close to trading. The businesses that have taken off as a result of support from Firm Futures include a branding business, a bakery, baby massage, yoga teaching, personalised embroidered gifts, mobile beauty business, a freelance photographer and a florist stall. Firm Futures is launching in spring 2018! To Apply: Applicants must live in Islington, or in one of the following postcodes: EC2, EC3, EC4, E1W, E1, E2, N4, N5, N6, N7, N16, N19, NW1, WC1 and WC2. Level 1 workshop dates Eventbrite links to workshops will be sent by email so that you can sign up online. Date and time Workshop topic(s) Location 22 June 10am-12pm Market identification, research and testing St Luke’s Community Centre 11 July 10am-2pm Business and financial planning Developing your personal brand Slaughter and May office 8 August 10am-12pm Creating a digital presence Slaughter and May office 24 September 10 am to 12 pm Moving from benefits into business Meet the bank manager St Luke’s Community Centre 31 October 10 am to 2 pm Introduction to legal issues Slaughter and May office 28 November 10am to 2pm Presentation Skills Pitching and networking St Luke’s Community Centre For more information about business start-up support, please email [email protected] or contact us on 020 7549 8178/79.