The Elevate Programme

Practical support for start-ups in Waltham Forest

Elevate is the first stop for start-ups and young businesses in Waltham Forest (0-3 years).

The 2022 programme was commissioned by the council’s Business Growth team and delivered by a partnership of local organisations – CRATE, OurPledge, Hive Collective, Hustle & Heels, ActionCoach, Remi Harris Consulting, and Onwards and Up – providing workshops, seminars, business coaching, 1-2-1’s, tailored action plans, and a networking platform to help businesses survive and thrive in their first 3 years.

The Elevate programme was created to provide much-needed practical support and advice as the borough emerged from the Covid pandemic. From small beginnings, a 350-strong business network was born, along with a wealth of support material, which is now available for anyone to use.

Whether you’re a limited company, sole trader, freelancer, social enterprise, or a charity, you can access our Elevate small business support resources by following the links below.

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Read about start-ups who’ve received support from Elevate:

Rebel Bunting



Everyone on Boards


Keto Bakery


Mini Meez

Online Toolkits

The Elevate team has created a suite of online resources for early-stage businesses in the borough. Check out the range of topics below.

The Sustainable Startup

An introductory guide to sustainable terms and practices, with simple tips for reducing carbon emissions, creating less waste and having a positive impact on your local environment.

Tips to Make your Premises Sustainable

A guide to the steps you can take to create a sustainable workspace, including local links and references.

How to take your business to the next level

A guide on how to scale up your business.

How to drive traffic to your site

A guide on how to boost your online presence.

How To Be An Effective Networker

A guide on how to present yourself with confidence, as well as use your time productively in networking situations.

How to Have Effective Collaborations

A guide to recognising and executing good collaborations.

The Elevate toolkits are part of Waltham Forest Connected’s Resource Hub. To explore the full range of business advice topics, click here

Workshops and Seminars

We’ve listened and learned from Elevate participants to understand the key concerns playing on the minds of small business owners.

During the programme we delivered numerous workshops, seminars, 121s and tailored action plans addressing these issues in an environment of idea-sharing and collaboration. You can access all our previous seminars and workshops for free on our YouTube channel.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, then check out the BIPC who deliver a rolling programme of free business workshops, seminars and 1-2-1s – book via their Eventbrite page.

Alternatively, the Waltham Forest Council site has its own useful resource section. 

Get It Done: Build Your Brand

Monday, 10th October

Take the first steps to create your own brand with resources and exercises to get started today!

Check out our YouTube channel

Watch some of our previous workshops and seminars

Resource Hub


Whether your business is launching, growing or recovering, we’ll direct you to the best digital resources to help you make great decisions

*The programme has now closed and we are no longer accepting registrations*

The Elevate programme was delivered on behalf of the London Borough of Waltham Forest by CRATE Places UK Ltd.

Please email with any questions.