Expert Local Property Advice Available for London Businesses

Local businesses on the hunt for new commercial premises can now get free advice from a local property expert as part of a London-wide funded programme.

The London Growth Hub was established by the Mayor of London and Local Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) as the gateway to business support in the Capital.

As part of the Hub, small to medium sized businesses can apply for free one-to-one sessions with property experts to help business owners navigate the lease process, tailored to their business and the lease they are negotiating.

Applicants will benefit from their expert guidance, learn how to avoid the common pitfalls, and if they have an existing contract or a draft lease get a point of view of what they should look out for. The one-to-one sessions are supplemented by a range of online content accessible to all including podcasts, videos, blogs, articles and masterclasses.

Now, a local property expert has signed up as one of the Mentors. Simon Levene, the Group Chairman of Levene Chartered Surveyors in Hampton Wick established his company in 2000. His company prides themselves on employing local professionals who not only work but also live in the local communities. The company has a well-founded ethos that focuses on professionalism, good client relations and depth of knowledge.

Cllr Geoff Acton, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Business, said:

“Many new start-up companies end up signing their premises lease without really understanding what they are signing up to.

“This service is perfect for those just starting out and looking for the ideal property or those coming to the end of their current lease and need advice on the next steps.

“By applying for this support, the mentors can help equip you with the fundamental knowledge you need to ensure you can get the best property lease for your business. And, now, thanks to the Council identifying a local expert, there is a borough mentor available, you will be able to have support from someone who understands the local area.

“Over the next few months we are looking at introducing even more ways to help businesses with property issues, including an event later this Autumn.”

For more information regarding the Property Advice Service, go to:

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